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The State Political Geography is In

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Political geography is just a century old. It was initiated by Ratzel, who published his ‘Politische Geographie’ at about the same time that in the Hague the first Peace Congress was held. This was close to the location of the IGU 1996 congress where this paper was first presented. The continuing differences in approaching the subject of international relations and of polities at large are highlighted by these two events. Political geography is concerned with the territorial basis of the political order, the actual systems of territorial control and their economic and cultural conditions and consequences. The paper elaborates on these three problem areas and presents a research agenda derived from them.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Amsterdam, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1018 VZ Amsterdam.

Publication date: February 1, 1998


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