An Introduction to Political Geography

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Routledge, Jan 1, 1993 - Political Science - 178 pages
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Old powers are falling. New states are emerging. The gap between East and West is narrowing. Yet the developments in the Middle East and the Eastern Bloc, the increasing disparity between the rich and poor nations, and the intensification of economic competition between former political allies, pose new threats and tensions for a New World. An Introduction to Political Geography is entirely revised and updated, exploring political and geographic change within the same accessible framework. John Short emphasizes the need for a fluid approach to the study of the international order, the nation state, as well as social movements. He highlights the trend towards globalization, challenging the traditional integration of the world-systems approach. A new section on the political geography of participation looks at the concept of the global village, with its concerns for global justice and environmentalism. The author examines new centres of power, providing a background for discussion of current trends and future developments. He then focuses on the nation state, particularly the individual household and draws on detailed case studies to discuss social movements.

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Professor, author and renowned public speaker, John Rennie Short is an expert on urban issues, environmental concerns, globalization, political geography and the history of cartography. He has studied cities around the world, and lectured around the world to a variety of audiences. John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland (UMBC). Before coming to UMBC in 2002 he was a Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. From 1978 to 1990 he was Lecturer in the University to Reading UK. He has held visiting appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University, as the Erasmus Professor at Groningen University and as the Leverhulme Professor at Loughborough University. Among his research fellowships are the Vietor Fellowship at Yale University, the Dibner Fellowship at the Smithsonian, the Kono Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the American Philosophical Library. He has received research awards from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic Society and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Short's main research interests are in urban issues, environmental concerns and cartographic representation. He is the author of over 30 books, 19 invited chapters to edited books and over 40 papers in such journals as Area, City, Environment and Planning, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of American Planning Association and Urban Studies. Recent books include Korea: A Cartographic History (2012), Globalization, Modernity and The City (2011), Cities and Suburbs (2010), Cartographic Encounters (2009), Cities and Nature (2008), Sage Companion To The City (2008), Cities and Economies (2008), Liquid City (2007), Alabaster Cities (2006), Urban Theory (2006), Imagined Country (2005), Global Metropolitan (2004), Making Space (2004), Globalization and The Margins (2003), Global Dimensions (2001), Representing The Republic (2001) and Globalization and The City (1999). His The World Through Maps was recognized by Discover Magazine as one of the outstanding science books of 2003. His work has been translated in to Czech, Korean and Chinese and cited over 3,000 times in articles in over 330 different research journals. He has delivered lectures to universities around the world and given presentations to a range of audiences outside of the academy. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Society and Space, founding editor of the book series Space, Place and Society published by Syracuse University Press, founding co-editor of the Critical Introduction to Urbanism book series published by Routledge and consultant to the 12 volume World and Its Peoples. He received his M.A. from the University of Aberdeen, UK in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK in 1976. He was born in Stirling, Scotland.

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