Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.
Chapter 26: Cold War Planet
Cold War Planet
In the summer of 2019, the New York Times reported on a ‘New Red Scare’ apparently roiling Washington DC. In the midst of Donald Trump's cruel, crude presidency, a group of right-wing lobbyists gathered to reignite, once again, the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD).1 First formed in 1950, after several bloody and dramatic months of the Korean War and following a secret report by the National Security Council (NSC-68), the CPD was named by its chair, Harvard University President James Conant, and launched at a press conference in Washington (Sanders 1983). The CPD's 25 members, some of ‘the most prominent men in the Eastern establishment’, issued a statement that closely followed the tone of NSC-68, decrying Soviet ...