Lecture6 - 1 1 Geog 4712: Political Geography Spring 2008...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 1 Geog 4712: Political Geography Spring 2008 Lecture 6: Cold War Geopolitics 2 Cold War Geopolitics U.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 worlds production (1990: 21%) 3 Competing Paradigms in U.S. Cold War Geopolitics Regionalism The world is made up of a mosaic of diverse regions, need a complex foreign policy to deal with different places; not everywhere matters equally Globalism Ideology supercedes regional complexity, regional variation is secondary; the whole world is a conflict zone 2 4 Origin of Cold War Geopolitics Mackinders Heartland thesis established: 1. Concern with the land-power of the Heartland 2. Inner crescent as contact zone between land and sea powers 3. Simplified spatial model Hitlers failure in the USSR elevated Mackinder Heartland model became an ideological center piece in US geopolitics 5 Nicholas Spykman The Geography of the Peace (1944) Containment: focus on the Rimland to neutralize the Heartland Rimland conflict: Berlin, Korea, Middle East, Vietnam Heartland-Rimland model entrenches theory of land-sea conflict Spykmans Legacy: 1. Containment 2. US interventionist in global affairs 3. Strong navy 6 3 7 Critique of Mackinder and Spykman 1. Control of E. Europe leads to control of Heartland?Control of E....
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Lecture6 - 1 1 Geog 4712: Political Geography Spring 2008...

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