CONTENTS:- Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Geopolitics; 3. Impact of Political Boundaries; 4. Political Geography of Poverty; 5. Nations as Social Constructions; 6. Political Geography of Democracy; 7. Political Geography of Civil Conflict; 8. Political Geography of Foreign Policy; 9. Political Geography of World Orders; 10. Political Geography in Everyday Life;
Geography is closely related to politics. One of its branches, political geography, studies the relationship between geographical space and politics. Interest in political geography, has diminished after the Second World War. However the end of the Cold War, globalisation and the new threats to security have brought geographical space to the foreground again. Knowing and understanding the geographical concepts and analyses becomes thus essential to students of political science and of other social sciences. The purpose of this book is to offer a general introduction to political geography by explaining the conditions of its development, by proposing the general framework for analysing the relationship between space and politics, by initiating to the intricacies of apparently simple spatial concepts and by illustrating the usefulness of the geographical approach in today's world. Thus, nationalism, globalisation democracy, civil conflicts, foreign policies, the new world order, political boundaries, poverty and terrorism, etc., are discussed through a geographical perspectives. The book aims at making the reader realise the importance and magnitude of the problems that arise from the interrelationship of political geographical factor. It is hoped that this book will fulfil a gap in the study of political geography, and proves useful to all those concerned.