Academic journal article Geography

Classical Geopolitics: A New Analytical Model

Academic journal article Geography

Classical Geopolitics: A New Analytical Model

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Classical Geopolitics: A new analytical model Philip Kelly Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016 210pp, 15x29cm, Pb: ?21.99, ISBN 978-0-8047-9820-4

In this timely book, Philip Kelly introduces the reader to classical geopolitics and his approach speaks to a whole series of timely issues involving territory, borders, resources and location. It is a polemical book in the sense that he mounts a spirited defence of political realism and classical geopolitical approaches as opposed to critical geopolitics and constructivism. For many British geography students, it should make for some salutary reading because so much of university teaching is informed by critical geopolitical literatures.

The difference between the two schools of geopolitical thought can be over-drawn but Kelly draws out clearly why physical geography and location do shape and constrain a state's foreign and security policy choices. Unlike critical geopolitics, which is more comfortable being descriptive (albeit critically) rather than prescriptive, Kelly's approach is firmly rooted in explanation and prediction at a systemic level. …

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