Title

Geopolitics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

Although commentators have employed geopolitical reasoning from the days of Herodotus and Thucydides, the term ‘geopolitics’ was coined in 1899 by the Swedish political scientist, Rudolf Kjellen, at a point when the rst fully inter-connected ‘closed’ global international system of states was emerging in which any signicant changes in the global balance of power would unavoidably trigger ‘zero-sum game’ struggles between rival great powers (Osterud, 1988; Black, 2009: 107-110).

Publication Name

Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy

First Page

60

Last Page

78

DOI

10.4324/9781315536934

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