Geopolitics Geopolitics is the interplay among geography, power, politics, and international relations. AKA: Real Life.
The Germans School The State resembles a biological organism whose life cycle extends from birth through maturity and, ultimately, decline and death. To prolong its existence the state requires nourishment, just as an organism need food. Territories= nourishment. Friedrich Ratzel
Todays Secret Word is… Lebensraum Means living space Used to describe the geographical area of Ratzels living space. Originally applied to colonies, but Haushofer helped Hitler re-interpret it. Lebesraum was adopted by Hitler. Eastern Europe was to be Germanys living space
The British/American School Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland, Who rules the Heartland commands the World Island, Who rules the World Island commands the World. …what Im saying is land-based power is stronger than sea-based power. If you own Eurasia (Europe and Asia) you pretty much control the world. Sir Halford J. Mackinder
Heartland Theory Video: (3:15-7:24 only)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEYMeSwtT4Y
Critical Geopolitics Gearoid OTuathail John Agnew Intellectuals of statecraft construct ideas about places, these ideas influence and reinforce their political behaviors and policy choices, and these ideas affect how we, the people process our own notions of places and politics. Us vs. Them!!!