Beyond International Relations Theory: What is Geopolitics?

No wonder so few people are interested in political science and international relations. In the case of political science, differences in countries are framed as a battle between a non-existent democracy vs authoritarianism. In the case of international relations, global capitalism and imperialism aren’t even the main topics. But the field of geopolitics is different. The main units of analysis are capitalism, physical space (land, sea power), and political struggle in the age of the first imperialism. In this first of two parts we learn about three theorists – Friedrich Ratzel, Rudolf Kjellén and Alfred Thayer Mahan.

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