Generals and Geographers: The Twilight of Geopolitics

Generals and Geographers: The Twilight of Geopolitics

Generals and Geographers: The Twilight of Geopolitics

Generals and Geographers: The Twilight of Geopolitics

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We might begin this book with words with which H. G. Wells concluded The Holy Terror:

'This book exaggerates here and there--and it simplifies things. It simplifies a lot. What else can a book do? I suppose that makes it easier to read. It brings life within our compass . . . Broadly anyhow it is the truth. The condensed truth about the World Revolution. It is as real as most other historical stuff.'

We shall try to tell a few things about Geography and Geopolitics, Spengler and Haushofer, Ratzel and Mackinder, the military élite, Russia and the future. But we shall not do so with only the sober endeavor to uncover 'roots'--content with adding another 'scientific study' to a mounting pile. Instead we shall speak of a few lessons we learned from the enemy, and thus attempt to write a political book. The friendly reader will find certain conclusions between the lines rather than in them. Whether we succeeded in drawing the right conclusions, we are not too sure. But at least this book is not written in an icily detached mood, which is the realm of the disciples of geopolitics in Germany--and in the United States; it is written in the fervent hope that the century which will come out of this war will be the century of the common man in a free world.

H. W. W.

Hartford, Connecticut October 1942 . . .

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