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For Learning, For Life Series - Klaus Dodds 'Geopolitics'

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Join us for one of our 'For Learning, For Life' talks, offering the opportunity to explore and learn a fascinating subject this new year.

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Blackwell's is thrilled to be welcoming Klaus Dodds to the bookshop where he will be exploring 'Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction' as part of our 'For Learning, For Life' Series.

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Geopolitics is a slippery term. From great power politics and speculation about resource scrambles, to everyday encounters and objects such as smart phones, it affects citizens, corporations, international bodies, social movements, and governments. Geopolitics is far more than simply the impact of geographical features such as rivers, mountains, and climate on political developments. Geography matters but not necessarily in the way that pundits and presidents assume.

In this Very Short Introduction, Klaus Dodds tours the field of geopolitics, encompassing both its intellectual historical origins and its current concerns. As people struggle to cross borders, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from the front lines of states, geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. A country's connectivity, location, size, and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the wider world. In this third edition Dodds includes new sections considering the rise of populism and economic nationalism as examples of how states, people, and corporations manage territorial frames for political projects such as Make America Great Again, One Belt, One Road, and Brexit.

Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012), Ice: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2018), and the forthcoming co-authored volume The Arctic: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP, 2019).

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