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A brief intellectual history of geopolitical thought and its relevance to the Baltic Sea region
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för säkerhet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3218-5647
2018 (English)In: Global Affairs, ISSN 2334-0460, E-ISSN 2334-0479, Vol. 4, no 4-5, p. 475-485Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article outlines a general history of the intellectual origins and development of geopolitical thought. It provides categories for assessing contemporary expressions of this phenomenon, and then discusses the applicability of these tools to the Baltic Sea region. The article focuses on eliciting and juxtaposing contrasts between the three classical bodies of literature that evolved largely in parallel, and ends up briefly commenting on a fourth, partly “critical” approach. The main takeaway is that considering all four geopolitical approaches before applying any of them to the Baltic Sea realm encourages analysts to embrace a more holistic and dynamic viewpoint than each of the alternatives individually can offer. Such a conceptualization promises to forge analytical linkages between a series of relevant, geographically contingent circumstances including resources, arenas and communities that represent prerequisites and opportunities incrisis, conflict, or war.

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2018. Vol. 4, no 4-5, p. 475-485
Keywords [en]
geopolitics, Baltic Sea region, Russia, intellectual history, conceptual approach
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8209DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2018.1535256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8209DiVA, id: diva2:1260480
Available from: 2018-11-02 Created: 2018-11-02 Last updated: 2019-04-15Bibliographically approved

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