GENEHALG AND GEOGRAPHERS by Hans W. Weigert

GENEHALG AND GEOGRAPHERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are two new books on geopolitics in this one bulletin (the other is The World of General Haushofer -- Page 470). This, while not so broad in scope, is better reading for the average layman. Weigert defines geopolitics as ""the science of using geographical factors for better understanding of politics"". He goes back to its roots, forward to the relatively contemporary Spengler, and then concentrates on Haushofer and his theories. He stresses particularly Haushofer's insistence on an alliance between German and Russia, feeling that Russia's open spaces preclude the possibility of meeting her as an opponent. Haushofer also projected a transcontinental block with Japan, and minimized the geopolitical importance of the United States. Various aspects of his theory -- labeneraum, population pressure, etc. are discussed, and his conclusions, a crude religion of power politics and factual data, are weighed. For some reason, the public has seized upon the subject of geopolitics; this should get that market.

Publisher: Oxford