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Battlefield
Battlefield
Introduction

‘War is the school of space’. To the German geographer Friedrich Ratzel (1844–1904), who stated this in his work Politische Geographie (1897), this was a fact of nature. Three-quarters of the way through the battle-scarred twentieth century, the French geographer Yves Lacoste pronounced his profession a graduate of such schooling declaring ‘La Géographie ça sert d'abord à faire la guerre’ (geography is first used to make war) (Lacoste 1976). War, that most popular and persistent of human activities, is undeniably an enterprise that has mangled states and knowledge, spatial and otherwise, with its imperatives and demands. The philosopher Eduardo Mendieta writes that

[w]ar generates a phenomenology and representation of space that since time immemorial have laid the foundations for our quotidian experience of space. The ...

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