Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-2349-3 • Hardback • November 2014 • $189.00 • (£146.00)
978-1-4422-2350-9 • Paperback • November 2014 • $92.00 • (£71.00)
978-1-4422-2351-6 • eBook • November 2014 • $87.00 • (£67.00)
Saul Bernard Cohen is University Professor of Geography emeritus at Hunter College, City University of New York, and past director of the Clark University Graduate School of Geography.
Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Survey of Geopolitics
Chapter 3: Geopolitical Structure and Theory
Chapter 4: The Cold War and Its Aftermath
Chapter 5: North and Middle America
Chapter 6: South America
Chapter 7: Maritime Europe and the Maghreb
Chapter 8: Russia and the Eurasian Convergence Zone
Chapter 9: The East Asia Geostrategic Realm
Chapter 10: The Asia-Pacific Rim
Chapter 11: South Asia
Chapter 12: The Middle East Shatterbelt
Chapter 13: The Sub-Saharan African Shatterbelt
Chapter 14: Epilogue
[Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations] provides accurate and well-structured information on geopolitics/international relations all around the world and hence makes a valuable reading for undergraduate students. For graduate students and scholars who specialize in Geopolitics, the book contains numerous interesting concepts and perspectives. These should be applied and refined in further research.
— Die Erde
The third updated edition of Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations is a pick for college-level social science and geography holdings alike, and comes form an author who assembles a geopolitical model to help readers understand the importance of geography to international relations. It blends geographic and human elements with political background and details that embed geopolitical theory in everyday life and world experiences, comes from one of the world's leading political geographers, and strives to avoid jargon so that it can reach a wider audience. This revised textbook considers the world changes brought about by economic, demographic and political forces since the end of the Cold War, and it discusses the different, changing, fluid geopolitical features of different countries and regions and how they interact. College-level readers will find this an involving, specific text.
— California Bookwatch
I first learned about geopolitics from Saul Cohen’s classic book, Geography and Politics in a World Divided. Cohen continues as the preeminent expert on geopolitics of our era. In this new edition of Geopolitics, he provides an unbiased and insightful overview of the world as it exists today, its axes of organization, and its tension points. The writing is clear and compelling as Cohen makes geopolitical theory accessible to all interested readers. Above all, Cohen reaffirms the overwhelming significance of a geographical perspective in understanding how the modern world operates and how it is likely to change in the future. All geographers, foreign area specialists, engaged citizens, and especially policy makers would do themselves an enormous favor by reading this book and absorbing its wisdom.
— David Kaplan, Kent State University
Saul Cohen has put together a remarkable geopolitical tour du monde that will help readers appreciate the relevance of geography to international relations. Unlike some recent geopolitical accounts that represent geography as a static, largely physical set of influences, Cohen emphasizes the dynamic mixture of physical and human geographical elements that bear on the tumultuous geopolitical world we inhabit. Avoiding jargon-laden prose, Cohen’s book is as accessible as it is wide-ranging. Its empirical detail will expand readers’ understanding of current events, and the author’s unabashed willingness to offer his own interpretations of the geographical circumstances that bear on those events will likely stimulate reflection and discussion.
— Alexander B. Murphy, University of Oregon
This is the most ambitious and comprehensive survey of the field of geopolitics and current geostrategical issues available anywhere. Highly recommended. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Choice Reviews
This is reality-based political geography at its best—a combination of deep factual knowledge of the world's major regions, including knowledge of their historical interaction as well as their current relations, with a panoptic world view, not of the shape of the globe as it should be but as it likely will be. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Alan K. Henrikson, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cohen's magnum opus, and a brilliant work it is indeed. This text is monumental, profound, analytical, and grounded in sound theory and the real world. This is a book that must be read by students as well as all scholars, politicians, and others concerned with international relations. (Previous Edition Praise)
— George J. Demko, Dartmouth College
Completely updated to reflect current issues and events, including economic and demographic data and political changes
Explores the decline of American influence in the Middle East
Assesses the resurgence of Russia and its intervention in Ukraine
Explains Europe’s strengthening geopolitical relations with Russia
Traces the growing tensions in the East and South China Seas
Considers the limits on India’s regional influence until it resolves its dispute with Pakistan and addresses its internal political and religious divisions
Examines the Sub-Saharan African Shatterbelt as a focus for Chinese investment and economic development, challenging U.S. and European influence in the region