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Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #171)

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Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world. Using wide-ranging examples, from historical maps to James Bond films and the rhetoric of political leaders like Churchill and George W. Bush, this title shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is essential to be geopolitical.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Bojan Tunguz
Nov 27, 2011 Bojan Tunguz rated it did not like it
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 highes ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Peeet rated it liked it
"Geopolitics: A very short Introduction", gives you some interesting details about geopolitical issues. However it rather states the obvious changes which geopolitcs has undergone during the last century.

Klaus Dodds starts of with a short history of geopolitcs. He depicts how the Nazis used the science to evaluate their ideas of a state as an organism and social Darwinism. In addition to that Dodds describes how important the national identity is in connection to geopolitics. This is perhaps the
Alex Still
Mar 25, 2016 Alex Still rated it liked it
A good introduction to the subject, particularly if you are already interested in this subject area and want to have a better grounding in it. The author has a clear bias of viewpoint but this does not detract from his knowledge and scholarship - provided, of course, that you allow for this. It is a little dry, so not exactly light bedtime reading. Nonetheless, it covers a wide range of topics, from cultural representations of geopolitics in the media; security studies before, during and after t ...more
KW Wong
Mar 15, 2015 KW Wong rated it liked it
The book would be much better if there were extended analyses of a few case studies.
Rashad Raoufi
its a good introduction, very balanced but at times it reduced a very interesting topic to just plain boring lists and sometiems tating the obvious. theres even a refrence from wikipedia, which quite frankly is not something you would in a book like this. for an academic to use wikipedia is sloppy to say the least. other than that its well laid out and concise.
Sarah Hayes
Feb 07, 2011 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it
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A solid intro to the concept of geopolitics and its relevancy in the 21st century; carries with it a very heavy left-wing bias that might throw off some readers. A lot of great examples and even includes a list of further reading material; I only wish the conclusion was a bit more solid and not so sudden, like Dodds had simply ran out of steam.
Aug 14, 2013 John rated it really liked it
A challenging read (one of the most difficult of the V.S.I.'s that I've read), but richly rewarding. Not only does one achieve a working knowledge of the topic, but I thought the author modeled ways of disciplinary thought in such a way that I can begin to understand how a professional in the field thinks.
Mary Anne
Aug 07, 2015 Mary Anne rated it liked it
It wasn't a very short introduction. It's a little book with small print - I was tricked! I learned some things. Can't say I understood everything in the book - in fact still not sure what the definition of geopolitics is.
Kathleen O'Neal
Jun 29, 2013 Kathleen O'Neal rated it did not like it
A less than stellar introduction to a topic I was very curious about. This book definitely could have been better.
Jul 23, 2011 Milo rated it it was amazing
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This book was absolutely thrilling and may actually be what my next degree is in
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i love these books, especially when i borrow them from other people rather than buy them.
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Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was educated at Wellington College and the University of Bristol where he completed degrees in geography and political science. After taking up a position at the University of Edinburgh, he was appointed to a lectureship at Royal Holloway in 1994.

In 2005 Klaus Doods was awarded the annual Philip Leverhulme Prize by
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