11Geog 4712: Political GeographySpring 2008Lecture 6: Cold War Geopolitics2Cold War GeopoliticsU.S. Hegemony at End of WWII•All world powers in economic ruin at end of WWII, except the U.S.•The U.S. economy had expanded during the war•In 1945 the U.S. responsible for 50% of world’s production (1990: 21%)3Competing Paradigms in U.S. Cold War GeopoliticsRegionalism•The world is made up of a mosaic of diverse regions, need a complex foreign policy to deal with different places; not everywhere matters equallyGlobalism•Ideology supercedes regional complexity, regional variation is secondary; the whole world is a conflict zone
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