A subdivision of human geography focused on the nature and implications of the evolving spatial organization of political governance and formal political practice on the Earth's surface. It is concerned with why political spaces emerge in the places that they do and with how the character of those spaces affects social, political, economic, and environmental understandings and practices.
A politically organized territory that is administered by sovereign government and is recognized by a significant portion of the international community. A state has a defined territory, a permanent population, a government, and is recognized by other states.
In political geography, a country's or more local community's sense of propertyand attachment toward its territory, as expressed by its determination to keep it inviolable and strongly defended
a principle of international relations that holds that final authority over social, economic, and political matters should rest with the legitimate rulers of independent states.
the right of a state to defend soverign territory against incurrsion from other states
Peace of Westphalia
Peace negotiated in 1648 to end the Thirty Years' War, Europe's most destructive internal struggle over religion. The treaties contained new language recognizing statehood and nationhood, clearly defined borders, and guarantees of security
in a general sense, associated with the promothion of commercialism and trade. More specifically, a protectionist policy of European states during the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries that prompted a state's economic position in the contest with other countries. The acqusiion of gold and silver and the maintenance of a favorable trade balance were central to to policy
Legally, a term encompassing all the citizens of a state. Most definitions now tend to refer to a tightly knit group of people possessing bonds of language, ethnicity, religion, and other shared cultural attributes. Such homogeneity actually prevails within very few states.
Teoretically, a recognized member of the modern state system possesing formal sovereignty and occupied by a people who see themselves as a single, united nation. Most nations and states aspire to this form, but it is realized almost nowhere. Nonetheless, in commpn parlance, nation-state is used as a synonym for country or state.
government based on the principle that the people are the ultimate soverign and have the final say over what happens within the state.
processes that incorporate higher levels of education, higher salaries, and more technology; generate more wealth than periphery processes in the world economy.
process that incorporate lower levels of education, lowe salaries, and less technology; and generate less welth than core proccesses in the world-economy
places where core and periphery processes are both occurring; places that are exloited by the core but in turn exploit in periphery
forces that tend to unify a country- such as widespread commitment to a national culture, shared idealogical objectives, and a common faith
forces that tend to divide a country- such as internal religious, inguistic, ethnic, or ideologiacal differences.
a nation-state that has a centralized government and administration that exercises power equally over all parts of the state
a political territorial system wherein a central government represents the various entitie within a nation-state where they have common intrests- defense, foregin affirs, and the like- yet allows these various entities to retain their own identities and to have their own laws, policies, and customs in certain spheres
the process whereby regions within a state demand and gain political strength and growing autonomy at the expense of the central government
process by which representative districts are switched according to population shifts, so that each district encompasses approximately the same number of people
In the context of determining representative districts, the process by which the majority and minority populations are spread evenly across each of the districts to be created therein ensuring control by the majority of each of the districts; as opposed to the result of majority-minority districts
in the context of determaning representative districts, the proccess by which a majority of the population is from the minority
redistricting for advantage, or the practice of dividing areas into electoral districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districst as possible
A geopolitical hypothesis, proposed by British geographer Halford Mackinder during the first two decades of the twentieth century, that any political power based in the heart of Eurasia could gain sufficient strength to eventually dominate the world.
process by which geopoliticians deconstruct and focus on explaining the underlying spatial assumptions and territorial perspectives of politicians
World order in which one state is in a position of dominance with allies following rather than joining the political decision-making process
a venture involving three or more nation-states involving formal political, economic, and/or cultural cooperation to promote shared objectives. Ex: European Union.
A conflict that was between the US and the Soviet Union. The nations never directly confronted each other on the battlefield but deadly threats went on for years.
An economy where supply and price are regulated by the government rather than market forces
A state in which the distance from the center to any boundary does not vary significantly.
A system consisting of a league of independent states, each having essentially sovereign powers. The central government created by such a league has only limited powers over the states.
boundaries that mark breaks in the human landscape based on differences in ethnicity
functional boundary disputes
In political geography, a disagreement between neighboring states over policies to be applied to their common border; often induced by differing customs regulations, movement of nomadic groups, or illegal immigration or emigration.
territorial boundary disputes
In political geography, disagreement between states over the control of surface area.
resource boundary disputes
In political geography, disagreement over the control or use of shared resources, such as boundary rivers or jointly claimed fishing grounds.
the effects of supply and demand, and other forms of competitive pressure, on businesses.
The study of the interactions among space, place, and region and the conduct and results of elections.
an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it
a part of a country that is seperated from the rest of the country and surrounded by foreign territory.
Process in which more powerful ethnic group forcibly removes a less powerful one in order to create an ethnically homogeneous region
A European Union document not yet ratified, which incorporates a charter of fundamental rights; merges the judicial, economic, and defense aspects of the EU; establishes the European Council; and raises the number of seats in Parliament, among other things
To change from government or public ownership or control to private ownership or control.
interested in geopolitics (study of relations among states) and came of with the theory of organic state
the regional position or situation of a place relative to the position of other places
Nicholas Spykman's theory that the domination of the coastal fringes of Eurasia would provided the base for world conquest.
refers to the social movements for a particular group of people to separate from a dominant political institution under which they suffer