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    Mackinder Redux

    Kearns, Gerard (2009) Mackinder Redux. Human Geography, 2 (2). pp. 44-47. ISSN 1942-7786

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    Composed at the end of the First World War, Halford Mackinder’s Democratic Ideals and Reality: A Study in the Politics of Reconstruction poured the coldwater of geographical determinism over the liberal idealism of Woodrow Wilson’s proposed new world order. Mackinder suggested that while a disarmed world of global law and national self-determination remained a noble ideal, geographical realities made it dangerous folly to expect it any time soon. Instead, Mackinder warned that a world brimful of super-powers and their colonies would see various attempts at global hegemony, and that, should any one power bring under its sway the resource basket of oil, wheat, and coal to be found in West Russia, the Ukraine, and the Caspian Basin, it stood fair to dominate a unipolar world. Against this possibility, treaties and law were paper tigers, only a countervailing and superior military force could offer any real protection.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Mackinder; Redux;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8646
    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 15:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Human Geography
    Publisher: Institute for Human Geography Inc.
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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