geopolitics


geo·pol·i·tics

noun plural but singular in construction \-ˈpä-lə-ˌtiks\

: the study of how geography and economics have an influence on politics and on the relations between nations

: the political and geographic parts of something

Full Definition of GEOPOLITICS

1
:  a study of the influence of such factors as geography, economics, and demography on the politics and especially the foreign policy of a state
2
:  a governmental policy guided by geopolitics
3
:  a combination of political and geographic factors relating to something (as a state or particular resources)
geo·po·lit·i·cal \-pə-ˈli-ti-kəl\ adjective
geo·po·lit·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of GEOPOLITICS

1904

geopolitics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

The study of geographic influences on power relationships in international politics. Geopolitical theorists have sought to demonstrate the importance in the determination of foreign policies of considerations such as the acquisition of natural boundaries, access to important sea routes, and the control of strategically important land areas. The term was first employed in the early 20th century by the Swedish political scientist Rudolph Kjellén (1864–1922). Geopolitical factors have become less significant in the foreign policies of states because of improvements in communications and transportation.

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