This article will discuss the contribution of Halford John Mackinder, one of the earliest and most influential of the contributors to the discussion. Around the young geographer, Halford J. Mackinder, grew concerned with the changing balance of international power. He argued that. This largely outdated view influenced some geopolitical thinking. Sir Halford John Mackinder was a British geographer who wrote a paper in.

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United States, country in North America, a federal republic of 50 states. If we approach Eurasia as if it were a chessboard, then we will be met by opponentsand cooperation and mutual gwopolitics would be removed from our calculations. Mackinder’s work paved the way for the establishment of geography as a distinct discipline in the United Kingdom. Geographical Journal, — Martin’s Press,esp. The only way America can be safe is if the continent does not unify against her.

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For this perspective, and summation of Haushofer’s writings, see Hans W. Gelpolitics of the London School of Economics — Archived from the original PDF on 8 March A prolonged investigation into the utility of all geopolitical mackimder would be a good place to start. Many geopolitical “truths” that have passed into the canon of security intellectuals rarely get a proper reexamination to determine their relevance to the constantly evolving nature of the system. It actively closes down an openness to the geographical diversity of the world and represses questioning and difference.

Mackinder and the geopoliticians who have followed thought that geography favored the Heartland power for five key reasons: The analogy with the World Island and the United States falls apart, for haldord nation that dominates that continent would ever be able to threaten our hemisphere. In debunking halfod as a “pseudoscience,” Ralph Turner made the seemingly obvious point in that “the high mobility of land power on the steppes.

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They disagreed about the Mackinder’s emphasis on serving the British Empire [21]. Geographical JournalVol. To head off any return to empire, many feel that the West must be firm in discouraging a growth in Russian geopolitlcs in the new states. One of Haushofer’s pupils was Rudolph Hess, who brought his teacher into the inner intellectual circles of the Reich. Thus, who ruled the Heartland would have the possibility of commanding the entire World Island.

Even if it were conceivable that one power could dominate Eurasia which of course it is notsuch an imbalance would not necessarily threaten American interests, and the dominant power presumably would not be able to project power over the oceans. It is fetishistically concerned with “insight,” and “prophecy.

Central positioning has led to a state of permanent insecurity, which has poisoned Russia’s relations with its neighbors. Besides the 48 conterminous…. The essential irrelevance of the “natural defenses” of the Heartland was pointed out during the first stages of debate on Mackinder during World War II. Whilst the Heartland Theory initially received little attention outside geography, this theory would later exercise some influence on the foreign policies of world powers.

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Archived from the original on Nov 10, The World Island is still the central focus of US policy, and the Russians are still considered to have the most fortunate position on the map. Mackinder is often credited with introducing two new terms into the English language: Russia has been devastated time and again throughout history.

The Geographical Pivot of History

Geopolitics is mythic because it promises uncanny clarity and insight in a complex world. But it has a decreasing impact upon determinations of when states choose to fight or who prevails. Basic Books, from after it was over.

mwckinder The heart of the Heartland is floating on top of a sea of oil. A Geostrategic Framework for the Conduct of the U. Hence, they argued that the pivot of the global political power was the land control of the Eurasia while a naval power -such as the Great Britain- was playing a secondary role.


Halford John Mackinderthe author. Retrieved 10 February The classic example of this advantage was the Crimean War, in which Russia could not project power to the south as effectively as the sea-supplied French and British, despite the fact that the battlefields were far closer to Moscow than to London. Russia’s imperial outposts in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and elsewhere provided buffer zones against the attacks that have periodically devastated Russian land. Retrieved 24 August Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

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He later became chairman of the GA from to gwopolitics served as its President from CS1 Italian-language sources it CS1: Mackinder’s theories have been attacked from many directions over the years, but their remnants persist in our intellectual memory. The most influential American geopolitician to emerge out of the furor created by Haushofer and the quest for Lebensraum was Yale University professor Nicholas Spykman.

Mackinder was the son of a physician of Scottish descent. Haushofer was appointed by Hitler to run the German Academy in Berlin, which was “more a propagandic institution than a true academy in the continental European sense,”[8] according to one observer.

To many geopoliticians, the United States is an island power, peripheral to the crucial and decisive land of Eurasia.