For over two hundred years the domination of some countries by others has been intrinsic to international relations, with national economic and political strength viewed as essential to a nation's survival and global position. Mastering Space identifies the essential features of this 'state-centredness' and suggests an optimistic alternative more in keeping with the contemporary post-Cold War climate. Drawing on recent geopolitical thinking, the authors claim that the dynamism of the international political economy has been obscured through excessive attention to the state as an unchanging actor
Dealing with such topical issues as Japan's rise to economic dominance and America's perceived decline, as well as the global impact of continued geographical change, the book discusses the role of geographical organization in the global political economy, and the impact of increasing economic globalization and political fragmentation in future international relations
Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-249) and index
1. Introduction -- 2. Geopolitical Order -- 3. Geopolitical Discourse -- 4. The Territorial Trap -- 5. 'Hegemonic' Instability and the Relative Decline of the United States -- 6. 'Hegemonic' Pretenders -- 7. Transnational Liberalism -- 8. Mastering Space or Empowering Communities?