Essay on Modern Geopolitical Imagination : An Integrated Whole

1634 Words Oct 29th, 2015 7 Pages
The world is an integrated whole, but throughout history, society has divided itself. The modern geopolitical imagination is the latest in a line of the ever-changing ways we organise the world. While it has its benefits, it also has limitations. It seems like an efficient structure of independent states but these divisions are essentially imagined by the dominant society. In some cases, the modern geopolitical imagination was thrust upon a region and is not a perfect system; international co-operation is often vital and a single nation can be divided within itself. It is further being challenged in recent years, as the world becomes increasingly connected through technology and globalization, leading to the growing authority of multi-national organisations. The modern geopolitical imagination focuses around the nation state, a concept that initially arose in the 1800s but became the primary way of thinking in the 20th century. Prior to the nation state, power was thought to be held in control of land, sea and air territories, with political powers seeking to hold dominion over as much physical space as possible (Rosenboim, 2015). When this proved not enough to secure global primacy, the race for control shifted to ideas. The competing ideologies of the time were capitalism and the free market against communism. These schools of thought were centred in the Western Bloc and Soviet Union respectively, and this conflict culminated in the Cold War. Their objective was to…

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