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Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 25 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (25 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199206589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199206582
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.5 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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...promising and helpful. I have no doubt that other university teachers will... assign this inviting little book to their freshman students. (James D. Sidaway, Cultural Geographies)

Engrossing study of a complex topic.

About the Author

Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also Director of the Politics & Environment Research Group. His principal areas of interest are geopolitics and the international governance of the Antarctic, and his previous books include Global Geopolitics: A Critical Introduction (2005) and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (2002). In November 2005, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research achievements in the field of geopolitics and political geography.

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I am none the wiser for reading this book than I would be from reading the first ten lines of Wikipedia. What I got instead was a rambling political lecture on how much the author hates the Bush administration. Yes we know... It was crap! We all lived through it and don't need reminding of the bleeding obvious. However Dodds just can't let it go and keeps coming back to it over and over again. It is tedious. The book overall is poorly organised and has little clear direction to speak of. Very hard to feel like I've gained anything from this book.
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As with his other works, notably 'Global Geopolitics' and 'Geopolitics in a Changing World', Professor Dodds writes eloquently on the major geopolitical issues and theories that define the contemporary world. As befits a "Very Short Introduction", Dodds' writing is lean and accessible, yet also intellectually deep and considered. A must for undergraduates in this field, it cuts out the jargon that so often taints academic writing. Rather than offering detailed discussion of the world's major international issues and crises (see the works cited above for this), the book emphasises the imaginative and cultural dimensions of world politics. In doing so, it provides the reader not just with new information about the geopolitical make-up of our planet, but novel ways of understanding, perhaps even ameliorating, some of its many challenges.
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I liked it a lot. Briefly explaining the concepts of geopolitics. I didn't think it was biased, rather very keen on explaining it in many ways.
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International Relations is one of the topics that I am particularly interested in. So far I have been a citizen of two different countries and a resident of three, and have been directly affected by some of the late twentieth century international crises. I regularly go through the international section of any newspaper or a magazine that I read, and am subscribed to the "Foreign Affairs" which I read cover to cover. (My Amazon review of the Kindle edition of that journal is currently the highest rated review.) When it comes to international relations I consider myself to be very well informed and non-ideological in my views. I read foreign policy articles from people from all sides of the political spectrum, and have over the years supported policies from very heterogeneous assortment of politicians, statesmen and diplomats. This is why I am extremely disappointed with the blatant and oftentimes shrill one-sidedness of "Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction."

Klaus Dodds quite obviously comes from the Noam Chomsky school of international relations. Chomsky is mentioned very early in the book, and the tone thus set is relentlessly pursued throughout the rest of the book. This is fine if you happen to be a far-left armchair political activist, but for the vast majority of the rest of us this short introduction leaves too much to be desired. It is quite simply the shallowest ideological propaganda, and has nothing to do with serious scholarly work on international relations and related topics. Dodds is oftentimes engaging in the most sophomoric polemics, painting those who support his worldview and policies as unquestioningly righteous, while those on the opposite side are either perfidious or deluded and brainwashed by the "media".
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