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Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field. All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading. Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization Space Power Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Imaginative Geographies and Geopolitics
Imaginative geographies and geopolitics
John Morrissey

Soon after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben wrote that it is ‘the task of democratic politics to prevent the development of conditions which lead to hatred, terror and destruction and not to limit itself to attempts to control them once they have already occurred’ (2001). Agamben points here to the general failure of the Western democratic system to prevent the conditions of ignorance, injustice and inequality that lead to conflict and war. Many of the most critical opponents of the current war on terrorism launched in response to the September 11 attacks point to its selective mapping of a geography of danger that serves to ...

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