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 This largely outdated view influenced some geopolitical thinking.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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British uneasiness with the European Union is reflective of this fear of continental alliances. An apparent power vacuum within the region is once again the subject of rivalry from without, and a new “great game” an analogy to which we will return seems to be unfolding, with Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and the United States as the players.

His Heartland concept recalled the 18th-century strategists’ notion of the “key position” on the battlefield,[7] the recognition of which was crucial to victory. The Heartland was not impenetrable to the technologies of the last two millennia, much less those of the next. Simon Dalby, “American Security Discourse: Mackinder, Britain and the British Seas. Mackinder might have been the first strategist in history to suggest that the surrounded have the advantage. His theories would have influence throughout the century, informing and shaping US containment policy throughout the Cold War.

Keep Exploring Britannica Canada. From Harry S Mackinfer to George Bush, the overarching vision halforx US national security was explicitly geopolitical and directly traceable to the heartland theory of Mackinder.


There was a problem with your submission. Holding strong imperialist views, he included in his circle of friends similarly minded men, among them the politician L. Appleton and company, Basic Books, from after it was over.

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The London Gazette Supplement. At that time, a group of men at the Royal Geographical Society were making strong efforts to raise the status of geography as an academic discipline in Britain and to secure for it an adequate place in the educational system. Using Mackinder’s own qualifications, it appears that he has placed the key geographical position in the wrong part of the world.

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Indeed, Russian history is filled with attacks from the east, west, and south, feeding an insecurity and a paranoia to which Americans, historically protected by vast oceans, cannot relate. He reiterated and expanded his Heartland view of the world, suggesting that the Atlantic Ocean would be jumped, with North America’s influence pulled into the region by its use of Britain as an “moated aerodrome”.

These were created by the peace negotiators but proved to be ineffective bulwarks in although this may be seen as a failure of other, later statesmen during the interbellum.

The rules that govern international relations evolve. However, the roles of both the Intermediate Region and the Heartland are regarded by their respective authors as being pivotal in the shaping of world history. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Take Brzezinski’s chess analogy. Macklnder States, country in North America, a federal republic of 50 states.


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If the leaders of the most powerful nation on earth were to conceptualize foreign policy as a chess game, it would virtually ensure that other nations would as well. The only way America can gsopolitics safe geopolltics if the continent does not unify against her.

The plurality of the world is reduced to certain “transcendent truths” about strategy. Perhaps the projection of power out of the Heartland was not crucial to Mackinder’s concept. As Steven Walt has persuasively shown, imbalances of threat, not imbalances of power, drive alliances together. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.

In Life magazine ran an article titled “Geopolitics: Opinions differed between those who prescribed rapid acceptance of geopolitik and those who dismissed it as pseudoscience. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Retrieved Nov 10, Amery and Lord Milnerthe imperial administrator. Mackinder, The geographical pivot of history.