Lecture4 - Geog 4712 Political Geography Spring 2008 Lecture 4 Mahan Mackinder and the Heartland Theory Question What is this a map of 1

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1 Geog 4712: Political Geography Spring 2008 Lecture 4: Mahan, Mackinder, and the Heartland Theory Question: What is this a map of?
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2 Geopolitics Family Tree Geostrategy Organic State (US) Mahan (GER) Ratzel (UK) Mackinder (SE/GER) Kjellen Haushofer (GER) Regionalist school Globalists (US) Spykman (1940-44) (US) Ray Cline (1980-) (US) Kennan (1946-50) (US) T.J. Barnett (2003) (US) Saul Cohen (1973-) Geostrategy • “The study of the spatial distributions of land-, sea- and airpower and the relationship of these to geographical phenomena.” – Dictionary of Geopolitics • Geopolitics as a form of political strategy, reliant on power, and necessarily shaped by geography. Mahan’s geopolitical basis for great power status • Territory – size matters • Population – bigger the better • Geopolitical position – islands • Strong government • National character • A strong navy and good harbors
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3 Mahan’s Five Policy Prescriptions for the United States • Build the Panama Canal • Expand into the Pacific and the Caribbean. • Build a strong Navy. • Contain Russia.
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course GEOG 4712 taught by Professor Antonsich, during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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Lecture4 - Geog 4712 Political Geography Spring 2008 Lecture 4 Mahan Mackinder and the Heartland Theory Question What is this a map of 1

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