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Old January 29th, 2018, 01:00 PM   #1

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Most relevant Geopolitics theorist of the 20th century


So people, I've been introduced recently to the geopolitics world, part by academic reasons, part per own interests.
I know some relevant names and bibliography, but very few about the theories itself.

I'm looking for your opinions about who are the most important names, and the more logic (or interesting theories).

I leave you guys with some examples:
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Old January 29th, 2018, 01:02 PM   #2

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- Mackinder and the Heartland theory
- Alfred Thayer Mahan and sea power
- Ratzel and Haushofer, Lebensraum and Geopolitik
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Old January 29th, 2018, 10:04 PM   #3

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While not able to ague for or against those writer it seems to me that Mackinder is a solid imperialist who understood geography , his contention that a Russia/Germany understanding would dominate eurasia suffer from the excusable error of his time in dismissing japan and China

Mahan is a navy man saying that the Navy is the key to the hegemonic control of the world trade
that was somewhat true then but is less so now , in fact while control of the oceans is a great prize , navies of the world are threatened with obsolescence as much as cavalry did when facing machine guns

Ratzel and Haushofer are just giving any warmonger a theoretical justification for picking a fight

behind all of those there is a strong Darwinian element and the acceptance of military power as an ordinary tool of statecraft , they are the intellectuals who set the mental stage for WW1
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While not able to ague for or against those writer it seems to me that Mackinder is a solid imperialist who understood geography , his contention that a Russia/Germany understanding would dominate eurasia suffer from the excusable error of his time in dismissing japan and China

Mahan is a navy man saying that the Navy is the key to the hegemonic control of the world trade
that was somewhat true then but is less so now , in fact while control of the oceans is a great prize , navies of the world are threatened with obsolescence as much as cavalry did when facing machine guns

Ratzel and Haushofer are just giving any warmonger a theoretical justification for picking a fight

behind all of those there is a strong Darwinian element and the acceptance of military power as an ordinary tool of statecraft , they are the intellectuals who set the mental stage for WW1
Nice post.
Do you have anymore names to add?
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Henry Kissenger in several books has established himself as an advocate of realism and a critic of collective security.
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Henry Kissenger in several books has established himself as an advocate of realism and a critic of collective security.
Yes! I forgot Kissinger and Brzezinski. Thank you.

There some interesting new schools also. Meta-geopolitics per example.
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David Cosandey

Official page of David Cosandey's book "The Secret of the West" (2007)
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Paul Kennedy thinks the key factor to consider is the productive economic force of a given power


In https://www.amazon.es/Rise-Fall-Grea.../dp/0006860524 he did for the most part an analysis of different powers evolution, and did a full theory argumentation in the "Epilogue" of this masterpiece.
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A recent development is the various concept of "mental identity" or "soft power"
this postulate that geopolitics have an cultural dimension
This can be used as an attractor or a repulsor by skilled practitioners ,

Since the printing press ,each time medias have expanded to new means , propaganda has flourished
it became an official tool of statecraft during WW1 , it is now very sophisticated
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Considering "soft power" and cultural influence, other two names would be:
- Joseph Nye
- Samuel P. Huntington
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