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 This largely outdated view influenced some geopolitical thinking.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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To the early 20th-century British geographer Sir Halford Mackinder, world history was a story of constant conflict between land and sea powers.

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As unsettling as it may be, there are no “timeless truths” in world politics. Rail mobility offered a tremendous advantage before the advent of air travel, but not nearly so much since. Help us improve this article! Archived from the original PDF on 8 March The inability to understand the other’s view is one of the great historical features of US foreign policy.

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Mackinder and the geopoliticians who have followed thought that halfors favored the Heartland power for five key reasons: While this may have had some relevance when there was the potential for the rest of the world to be dominated by the communists, as long as the great powers of the World Island continue to be wedded to the free market and yeopolitics not perceive US power to be threateningthen there is little danger of their voluntarily shutting their doors to the American market and investment structure.

Mackinder clearly did not anticipate, halfordd Gray does not take into account, the implications of bombers that can take mzckinder from Missouri, drop their bombload on Kosovo, and land back in Missouri.

Many Russian intellectuals, who once thought their homeland’s victory over the world would be the inevitable result of history, now pin their hope for Russia’s return to greatness on a theory that is, in a way, the opposite of dialectical materialism. His role in fostering the teaching of geography is probably greater than that mackunder any other single British geographer.


The principal concern of his work was to warn of the possibility of another major war a warning also given by economist John Maynard Keynes. Jackinder policy complexity becomes simple minded strategic gaming. Conventional wisdom holds that only a power dominating the resources of Eurasia would have the potential to threaten the interests of the United States.

Views Read Edit Geopolirics history. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Geographical Journal, — The Heartland Theory and more generally classical geopolitics and geostrategy were extremely influential in the making of US strategic policy during the period of the Cold War. He was a member of the Coefficients dining clubset up in by the Fabian campaigners Sidney and Beatrice Webbwhich brought together social reformers and advocates of national efficiency.

Gerace, “Between Mackinder and Spykman: The movement envisions the Eurasian heartland as the geographic launching pad for a global anti-Western movement whose goal is the ultimate expulsion of “Atlantic” read: Opinions differed between those who prescribed rapid acceptance of geopolitik and those who dismissed it as pseudoscience.

See, in addition to those works already cited, reviews of the current literature in Colin S. Mackinder was anti- Bolshevikand as British High Commissioner in Southern Russia in late and earlyduring the Russian Civil War, he stressed the need for Britain to continue her support to the White Russian forces, which he attempted to unite. Eurasia, the “World Island” to Mackinder, is still central to American foreign geopoligics and will likely hhalford continue to be so for some time.

This gap in the natural defenses led to the famous conclusion that whoever ruled Eastern Europe would be in an advantageous position to rule the Heartland, and therefore the World Island, mqckinder therefore the world. This page was last edited on 27 Septemberat To head off any return to empire, many feel that the West must be firm in discouraging a growth in Russian influence in the new states.


Colin Gray, perhaps the leading geopolitician of our time, has responded to this argument by saying, “That technology has canceled geography contains just enough merit to be called a plausible fallacy.

Sir Halford John Mackinder PC 15 February — 6 March was an English geographeracademic, politician, the first Principal of University Extension College, Reading which became the University of Reading and Director of the London School of Economicswho is regarded mckinder one of the founding fathers of both geopolitics and geostrategy.

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The opponent of the United States to Brzezinski is, and has always been, Russia. Hitler and the magic Nazism Hitler e il Nazismo magico in Italian. It is fetishistically concerned with “insight,” and “prophecy.

As a further stabilizing factor, he urged the creation of a tier of independent states to separate Germany and Russia, much along the lines finally imposed by the peace treaty.

The book included, apart from the main theme, many farsighted observations— e.

Halford Mackinder

Internet URLs are the best. This belief traces its roots directly back to Sir Halford Mackinder and his theories of the Heartland.

Mackinder’s “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland Press,p. When in the Royal Geographical Society and the university established the Oxford School of Geography, it was almost inevitable that Mackinder should be the veopolitics director. To understand the appeal of formal geopolitics to certain intellectuals, institutions, and would-be strategists, one has to appreciate the mythic qualities of geopolitics.

Sometimes we fail to perceive the end of that intellectual shelf life.

Mackinder identified the geopolitical nightmare that was to haunt the world’s two sea powers during halforv first half of the twentieth century— Great Britain and, later the United States.

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