An Introduction to Political Geography by John Short

By John Short

Outdated powers are falling. New states are rising. the distance among East and West is narrowing. but the advancements within the heart East and the japanese Bloc, the expanding disparity among the wealthy and terrible international locations, and the intensification of monetary festival among former political allies, pose new threats and tensions for a brand new global. "An advent to Political Geography" is solely revised and up-to-date, exploring political and geographic switch in the comparable obtainable framework. John brief emphasizes the necessity for a fluid method of the examine of the foreign order, the country nation, in addition to social events. He highlights the fad in the direction of globalization, difficult the conventional integration of the world-systems strategy. a brand new part at the political geography of participation seems on the suggestion of the worldwide village, with its issues for worldwide justice and environmentalism. the writer examines new centres of energy, supplying a heritage for dialogue of present tendencies and destiny advancements. He then specializes in the country nation, fairly the person loved ones and attracts on distinctive case reports to debate social activities.

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Many analysts cut their analytical teeth during the cold war, with the resultant tendency to see the conflict as one of the good guys against the bad, freedom against tyranny, right against wrong. It is difficult to escape from this ideological fog which surrounds and envelops the truth in its stultifying embrace. But the attempt should be made.

The result of these talks was the setting up of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) in 1960. The Original members were Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. A year later Qatar joined and two years later Indonesia and Libya. During the 1960s Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Nigeria and Abu Dhabi joined the cartel. It had only limited success in its early days but as continued economic growth in the core sucked in raw material imports from the periphery the stage was set for the exercise of cartel power.

The economic drive to imperialism, according to Hobson, was the increase in the volume of the endeavour of the great controllers of industry to broaden the channel for the flow of this surplus wealth by seeking foreign markets and foreign investments to take off the goods and capital they cannot sell or use at home. (Hobson, 1938, p. 85). Hobson not only described imperialism, he discussed possible methods of stopping it. He believed that it should be stopped because it raised the possibility of war while diverting energy away from social reform at home.

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