Nations and states
- Defined based on culture, religion, language, ethnicity.
- Contain persons who share common cultural traits and sense of self identification enabling them to bedistinguished from other groups.
- Political unit.
- Our world today divided into states.
- States right is to control its territory as recognized by the international community of states.
-Sovereignty recognition by international community of territorial rights > implies that a government of a state has jurisdiction over its territory.
Power and territory
Control of a territoryincreases power.
Increased power can expand control of territory.
Exercise of power achieved through territorial control.
Countries defeated in war have obligation to cede control of territory tovictors.
Territory and conflict
Wars fought as states seek to control specific desirable territories
Location / natural resources / strategic value
Ex: Israelis in Golan, British in Gibraltar, Usin Panama, Russian in Black Sea
Geopolitics and the modern world economy
Identify relationships between power, territory, conflict and location
Modern word characterized by:
Capitalism /global economic interdependence / political fragmentation
Emergence of Nation state in modern world economy (contrast mini systems and world empires)
Completion of mapping of earth’s territories andresources:
European powers now unable to add new colonies
Formal geopolitical thinking emerges as conflict moves from outside Europe to within
Fredrich Ratel (founder of modern systematic political geography – influenced by Darwin’s theory of evolution) / Rudolf Kjellen (geopolitik – science which conceives the State as ageographical organism) / Karl Haushofer (Lebenseraum – “living space” to achieve autarky (self sufficiency)
Largest country in land area
Potential only realized at end of 19th...
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