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Coffee Hour: Gerry Kearns “Geopolitics and Empire”, 9/7

September 7, 2007IASEvents0

The terms colonialism, imperialism, globalisation and empire are used almost interchangeably by many scholars. In this talk Gerry Kearns outlines one way of conceptualising this complex. Looking at the ways that Geography can and does serve the cause of Empire, Kearns explores the differences between what he calls colonial imperialism and liberal imperialism.

Kearns illustrates the significance of these distinctions by examining the British geopolitical strategies of the period immediately following the end of the First World War. In particular, he examines how Halford Mackinder (1861-1947) was involved with these strategies in both theoretical and practical ways.

Kearns concludes by examining the light that this historical case study might throw upon the geopolitical strategies of the current US administration.

Cosponsored by The Department of Geography.

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