Sea Power

The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans

Author: Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735220603

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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From one of the most admired admirals of his generation -- and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO -- comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path. From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world’s oceans from the admiral’s chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow. Not least, Sea Power is marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and submarine conflicts of the Cold War. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean, Eastern Mediterranean, and the South China Sea. Finally, Sea Power steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution. When most of us look at a globe, we focus on the shape of the of the seven continents. Admiral Stavridis sees the shapes of the seven seas. After reading Sea Power, you will too. Not since Alfred Thayer Mahan’s legendary The Influence of Sea Power upon History have we had such a powerful reckoning with this vital subject.

The Spanish lake

Author: Oskar Hermann Khristian Spate

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 9780708107270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 372

View: 9930



China's Maritime Power and Strategy

History, National Security and Geopolitics

Author: Hailong Ju

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 981461940X

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 7158


This book conducts a comprehensive study on China's maritime strategy. It discusses the lessons of maritime power history that must be learnt by Chinese today, the relations between China's maritime strategy and domestic developing problems of China, the status and influence of maritime strategy from China's overall development strategy perspective, and the geopolitical targets of Chinese navy in 2050. China's maritime strategy is one of the most important academic and realistic subjects in the present and future. This book is the first book to discuss China's maritime strategy comprehensively in and outside China. It will give readers a better sense of why China has to develop its sea power, why it lays so much emphasis on Taiwan and the South China sea, why the country can make friends with India but not Japan, and why China's maritime strategy will never challenge America but has to face the pressure from America's maritime hegemony, and so on. Contents:Historical Lessons of Dealing with the Maritime Offensive Strategy in a Defensive WayLearn from the Sea Power Theory and Geopolitical TheoryThe Domestic Motivation of China's Maritime Power StrategyThe International Environment of China's Maritime Power StrategyThe Competitors of China's Maritime Power StrategyThe Geopolitical Watershed of China's Maritime PowersSurrounding Environment of China's Maritime Power StrategyThe Strategic Design for China's Maritime Power in Asia-Pacific Readership: Academics, undergraduate and graduate students, policymakers and professionals interested in China's maritime strategy and geopolitics. Key Features:In-depth and comprehensive analyses on China's maritime strategyFirst book outlines the geopolitical targets of Chinese navy in 2050Keywords:China;Maritime Strategy;Maritime Security;Sea Power;Geopolitics;Taiwan;India;Japan;Diaoyu Island;South China Sea;History;National Security

The Geopolitics Reader

Author: Simon Dalby,Paul Routledge,Gearóid Ó Tuathail

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113471551X

Category: Architecture

Page: 344

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The Geopolitics Reader offers an interdisciplinary sourcebook of the most important political, geographical, historical and sociological readings of geopolitics in the late twentieth century. The Reader is divided into five parts which draw on the most illuminating examples of imperial, Cold War, contemporary geopolitics, new environmental themes and multiple resistances to the practices of geopolitics. The editors provide comprehensive introductions and critical comment at the beginning of each part and visual 'geopolitical texts' in the form of political cartoons are integrated throughout. Encouraging exploration of divergent viewpoints of global conflict and change this invaluable compendium includes readings by Martin Luther King, Vaclav Havel and George Bush.

The Indian Ocean and the Superpowers

Economic, Political and Strategic Perspectives

Author: Rasul Bux Rais

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780389206958

Category: Political Science

Page: 215

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This study focuses on the political and strategic implications of the presence in the Indian Ocean of the United States and the Soviet Union. The author examines the geopolitics of the region in historical perspective and describes the evolution of U.S. and Soviet strategy in the Indian Ocean. The central theme of the book is that the naval deployments of the superpowers should be seen in the context of each power's economic and security interests rather than in the context of military rivalry. The book provides an incisive and comprehensive account of U.S. and Soviet strategies in the Indian Ocean by establishing and integrating the links between the economic, political, and strategic dynamics of the situation.

Western Geopolitical Thought in the Twentieth Century

Author: Geoffrey Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131760038X

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 6716


This book surveys the development of geo-political thought in the twentieth century and relates it to international political developments, as well as examining how sound geopolitical theories are. It considers the work of Mackinder, Hartshorne, and Haushofer and his disciples in Germany who influenced the Nazis; and of more recent developments including Marxist geographical writing.

Oil, Power and Politics

Conflict of Asian and African Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Author: Mordechai Abir

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135781648

Category: History

Page: 210

View: 7389


This study of political relations in the Middle East analyzes the reasons behind the instability of the region.

Contest for the South China Sea

Author: Marwyn Samuels

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136575537

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 2921


First published in 1982. Wide-ranging and fully documented, this book is the first detailed study of the origins, contexts and consequences of the long-standing dispute between China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines over the Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos in the South China Sea - one of the world's most strategically important inter-ocean basins and China's southern maritime frontier. Samuels' analysis: * Highlights the impact of the shifting balance of power in Asia and the growing competition for oceanic resources * Examines the implications of the dispute in terms of the historical and modern role of china as a maritime power in Asia.

Geopolitics of the IndoPacific

Author: Vice Admiral Pradeep Kaushiva,Commander Abhijit Singh

Publisher: KW Publishers Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9385714481


Page: N.A

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In recent years, the descriptive term ‘IndoPacific’ has entered the geostrategic lexicon as a substitute for the more established expression ‘AsiaPacific’. Defined as an integrated strategic system that best captures the shift in power and influence from the West to the East, the concept has dominated strategic debates and discussions, gaining rapidly in currency and acceptance. Popular though the term has become, its strategic context and underlying logic are still sharply contested. While proponents of the ‘IndoPacific’ advance compelling arguments in its favour, the debate over whether it is a valid construct, is not quite settled. Consequently, it is yet to gain full acceptance among regional analysts and policy makers who appear unsure about embracing the idea without any qualifying caveats. Even so, the IndoPacific has emerged as a significant strategic space and a theatre of greatpower competition. From a maritime security perspective, its importance as a geoeconomic hub is accentuated by the growing presence of nontraditional threats. Piracy, terrorism, gun running, illegal fishing, trafficking, global warming and natural disasters represent challenges to maritime security that are inherently transnational in nature – where dynamics in one part of the system influence events in another, necessitating coordinated security operations by maritime forces and strategic relationships between stakeholder states. Papers put together in this book seek to appraise the IndoPacific, by examining the concept holistically, deciphering the trends that impact maritime security in the region and identifying its emerging patterns. Apart from examining the inherent logic underpinning the concept, these provide perspectives on security in the IndoPacific region, evaluate the strategic implications of competition, conflict and instability in the region, and bring out the operational implications of using a frame of reference that combines two contiguous albeit disparate maritime theatres.

The Power of Projections

How Maps Reflect Global Politics and History

Author: Arthur Jay Klinghoffer

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275991357

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 9900


Why is Europe at the top half of maps and Africa at the bottom? Although we are accustomed to that convention, it is, in fact, a politically motivated, almost entirely subjective way of depicting a ball spinning in space. As The Power of Projections teaches us, maps do not portray reality, only interpretations of it. To begin with, they are two-dimensional projections of a three-dimensional, spherical Earth. Add to that the fact that every map is made for a purpose and its design tends to reflect that purpose. Finally, a map is often a psychological projection of the historical, political, and cultural values of the cartographer--or of the nation, person or organization for which the map was created. In this fascinating book, Klinghoffer examines the world perceptions of various civilizations and the ways in which maps have been formulated to serve the agendas of cartographers and their patrons. He analyzes the recent decline of sovereignty, the spread of globalization, the reassertion of ethnic identity, and how these trends affect contemporary mapmaking.