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Geopolitics and Globalization in the Twentieth Century

This book looks at the struggle between the processes of globalization and geopolitical forces over the last 150 years. The twentieth century witnessed a struggle between geopolitical states who wanted to close off and control earth space, resources and population and globalizing ones who wished to open up the world to the free flow of ideas, goods and services. Brian W. Blouet analyzes the tug-of-war between these tendencies, the playing out of which determined the shape and behavior of today’s world. Beginning his survey in the late nineteenth century, Blouet shows how the Second World War served to focus international awareness on the ramifications of global controls, and how we may be facing the end of geopolitics today.

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256 pages | 5.5 x 9.25


Economics and Business: Economics--History, Economics--International and Comparative

Political Science: Comparative Politics, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Relations

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"The book offers an impressive marshalling of geopolitical history and serves as a useful overview of the resource difficulties faced by twentieth-century great powers"

Michael Lang | Journal of World History

Table of Contents

1. Imperialism, Globalization, Geopolitics
2. The Geopolitics of the First world War, 1914-19
3. Who Rules East Europe Commands the Heartland
4. The Collapse of World Order
5. The New Order of 1942
6. Planning the Postwar World
7. The Cold War and the Triumph of Geopolitics
8. Globalization and the Death of Geopolitics?
Select Bibliography
Photographic Acknowledgements

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