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By John A. Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell, Gerard Toal

A better half to Political Geography offers scholars and researchers with a considerable survey of this lively and colourful box.

  • Introduces the simplest pondering in modern political geography.
  • Contributions written via students whose paintings has helped to form the self-discipline.
  • Includes paintings on the innovative of the sphere.
  • Covers the newest theoretical developments.

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In order to increase its territory and secure adequate Lebensraum for future generations, the German state had to look abroad, and join in the on-going struggle with the other European powers for territorial advantage in the non-European colonial realm. The existential choice facing the nation could not have been more grave, and Ratzel characterized it tellingly as the option of being either a hammer or an anvil. Whether [we Germans] become one or the other depends on [our] recognizing in good time the demands which the world situation presents to a nation which is struggling to rise.

30), and for Turner this geographic and attendant cultural distancing was a veritable condition sine qua non for the emergence of a distinctive and great nation. '' The challenge of the frontier had fostered America's cardinal native virtue, the political institution of populist democracy that set America's social order so loftily above the stifling ``reign of aristocracy'' that dominated in Europe (Turner, 1931b, p. 253). The spiritually invigorating influence of the western frontier had acted moreover as a protective agent at those moments when American society threatened to revert to European norms and patterns: ``And ever as society on [America's] eastern border grew to resemble the Old World in its social forms and its industry, ever, as it began to lose faith in the ideal of democracy, [the western frontier] opened new provinces, and dowered new democracies in her most distant domains with her material treasures and with the ennobling influence of that fierce love of freedom, the strength that came from hewing out a home, making a school and a church, and creating a higher future for his family, furnished to the pioneer'' (Turner, 1931b, p.

A sort of corresponding historical scenario has been presented, for example, by Sachs' Harvard colleague David Landes, whose muchpraised overview of the history of global economic development is premised upon the ``unpleasant truth'' that ``nature like life is unfair, unequal in its favors, [and] further that nature's unfairness is not easily remedied'' (Landes, 1999, pp. 4±5; see also Diamond, 1998). In a similar spirit, a belief in the critical salience of physical± geographic conditions to political affairs is fundamental also to the international renaissance of geopolitics, as betrayed in Zbiginew Brzezinski's succinct observation that ``geographical location still tends to determine the immediate priorities of a state'' (Brzezinski, 1997, p.

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