A Companion to Political Geography by John A. Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell, Gerard Toal

By John A. Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell, Gerard Toal

A better half to Political Geography provides scholars and researchers with a considerable survey of this lively and colourful box.

  • Introduces the simplest considering in modern political geography.
  • Contributions written by way of students whose paintings has helped to form the self-discipline.
  • Includes paintings on the leading edge of the sphere.
  • Covers the newest theoretical developments.

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188). By its most basic principles, therefore, their view of social development could not accommodate what the populists and others argued for: namely the notion of a special course of development which would diverge from the standard Marxist progression (Baron, 1963, p. 96ff). Russia, Plekhanov argued, was developing essentially along the same continuum of social development as the West, and in accordance with the same general historical laws. The differences between the two were simply evidence of what he very aptly termed Russia's evropeiskaia nedocheta, or ``deficiency in Europeanness,'' in other words the circumstance that Western Europe had moved ``much, much further [than Russia] along the path of civilization'' (Plekhanov, 1925, p.

He developed this analysis in one of his largest and most important works, the monumental three-volume History of Russian Social Thought (1914±16). ``The [historical] course of events in our country, as everywhere,'' he wrote, was controlled at all times by the conditions of the natural environment. The relative peculiarity of the Russian historical process in fact is explained by the relative peculiarity of that geographical milieu in which the Russian people were constrained to live and operate.

270), a perspective which the geopoliticians who were to follow him did not share. Thus, the direction of Ratzel's argument is transparent. Germany's Second Reich was best understood as a biological entity, which like all other organisms had a specific set of life requirements. Chief among these was territory, which had to increase in equal measure as the state grew and its population swelled. In order to increase its territory and secure adequate Lebensraum for future generations, the German state had to look abroad, and join in the on-going struggle with the other European powers for territorial advantage in the non-European colonial realm.

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