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

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In places such as Iraq or Lebanon, moving a few feet on either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between geography and politics. This Very Short Introduction illuminates the concept of geopolitics, revealing how a country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how its ...more
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Published 2007 by Oxford University Press
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Bojan Tunguz
Nov 27, 2011 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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Es un libro muy entretenido e instructivo, de forma cómoda establece como su título lo indica un primer acercamiento al área de estudio de la Geopolítica.

Mis capítulos favoritos son los referentes a la Geopolítica y los objetos que hablan de y para el individuo entre las fronteras y los flujos de ideas, como pueden ser los mapas, los oleoductos, las banderas y más interesante aún la basura y los juguetes de acción.

La Geopolítica popular, está inmersa en mi vida, desde que tengo uso de razón, p
Apr 23, 2011 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
Kathleen O'Neal
Jun 29, 2013 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.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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This is a very short introduction, more like a little bit of everything. This book is perfect for anybody kind of interested in this topic, although we have used this book in college. It's a nice read and very approachable, if you don't know anything about this subject.
Shahnaseeb Babar
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Could’ve been a lot better.
Dharma Agastia
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice short introduction to geopolitics that tends to weigh towards the Critical approach. Great as a starting point, but don't expect too much depth.
Alex Still
Feb 01, 2016 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
Amr Ezzat
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Beautifully written introduction by an expert Professor. Struggling at the beginning because of the various geopolitical events mentioned in their different forms, yet some of them were indispensable for the reader to gain better understanding of the topic.

Glad to know the author has also written about the geopolitical interests in the Antarctic and how the countries' foreign policy could shape the current situation in the pole.
May 14, 2013 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.
Sarah Hayes
Feb 03, 2011 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.
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.
Mary Anne
May 25, 2015 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.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book was absolutely thrilling and may actually be what my next degree is in
Nicole McCann
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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