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Political Geography

  • By: Michael Shin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Political geography is concerned with the interplay of politics and geography. Precisely how the geographical informs the political, as well as how the political informs geography, is open to discussion, interpretation, and debate. For instance, at the turn of the 20th century, political geography was preoccupied with explaining how the physical and environmental characteristics of the Earth shaped and dictated the world of the great powers of Europe, but over time, such explanations would be rejected. At the beginning of the 21st century, political geography is far more diverse in its subject matter, more cosmopolitan in extent, and open to examining a range of questions concerning, for example, territory, sovereignty, identity, and power at the supra- and subnational scales of analysis. Despite these shifts, contemporary ...

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