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Political Geography Geography 103 19 September, 2011
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Politics Greek: “the affairs of the city” Process of collective decision-making Social relations involving authority or power The running of governments Political geography : study of the spatial aspects of political behavior Geopolitics: the science of understanding, explaining, and predicting
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The Interstate System The state: the basic political-geographical unit ~193 sovereign states--what’s the newest?? Fuzzy boundaries over what is or is not a state Republic of Kosovo (83 diplomatic recognitions), Transnistria, (a post-Soviet “frozen conflict zone” or “breakaway territory” from Moldova), Greenland (an “autonomous country” with “limited home rule”)
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The Modern State a set of institutions and their related personnel a degree of centrality, with political, economic, and legal decisions emanating from this centre point a defined boundary that demarcates territorial limits a monopoly of the legitimate use of force
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