Making Political Geography (Human Geography in the Making) by John Agnew

By John Agnew

Making Political Geography acquaints readers with the most important concerns and conceptual difficulties that experience ruled the self-discipline during the last to 3 many years. along with discussing and assessing present issues, Agnew offers a old research of the emergence of recent political geography from the Eighteen Nineties onwards, identifies and discusses the 3 "waves" of the revival of political geography over the last 3 many years, and discusses proof for a brand new coherence to the self-discipline, centering round problems with geographical scale, position and politics, and so on.

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Though American political geographers like Bowman, Richard Hartshorne, and others, were actively involved in providing the US war effort during World War II with their brand of geographical synthesis, political geography emerged from the war years doubly tainted. As the US government began its very own brand of geopolitical reasoning with the onset of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, open talk of geopolitics was associated with the worst excesses of Nazi expansionism. This served to ghettoize political geographers, who had nothing to say in response, even as diplomatic historians and political scientists invented 16 THE HISTORY AND LANGUAGE OF POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY their very own geopolitics without actually using the word (based on such ideas as 'containment' of the Soviet Union, 'the domino effect' connecting events at a distance from the United States to the homeland, and 'national security' to identify an interest beyond that of any particular Americans).

It also served to encourage a retreat by geographers in general from engagement with political issues, even of the relatively benign form engaged in by Isaiah Bowman. Though courses in political geography continued to be taught in the United States and elsewhere, and textbooks modeled largely on Bowman's continued to be published, little or anything that could be described as empirical research or critical thinking about the geography of the state or politics more generally appeared during these years.

2 Population map of the West Bank and Gaza, showing Palestinian and Israeli settlements and the three zones of the Oslo Accords. Source: redrawn from Margalit (2001: 22) 34 DOES 'POLITICAL' GEOGRAPHY STILL MATTER? 'entire nation' of Palestine excludes the four million refugees who are categorically denied the right of return, even though any Jew anywhere in the world enjoys an absolute right of return at any time; that restriction of movement is as severe in Gaza as it is on the West Bank; and that Hass's figure of 200,000 Jews in Gaza and on the West Bonk enjoying freedom of movement'does not include the 150,000 new Israeli-Jewish inhabitants who have been brought in to 'Judaize' East Jerusalem.

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