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2012/3 (No 146-147)

  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9782707174512
  • DOI : 10.3917/her.146.0003
  • Publisher : La Découverte

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This issue is designed as a reflection on geopolitics and addresses the concerns of the Hérodote team over the media success of the term “geopolitics” (which is often used indiscriminately) even if it is still viewed with suspicion in some geographical circles. In fact, this success is not restricted to the media, as shown by the popularity of the geopolitical journal Hérodote and the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG). An analysis of a large number of geopolitical situations caused by power struggles over specific territories has enabled the Hérodote team and the IFG (since the two overlap a great deal) to develop its theoretical thinking. We are making progress on the theoretical level because we have studied all kinds of conflicts in the field. As we move forward, we carefully and wisely refrain from setting any geopolitical rules. Instead, we aim to establish a rigorous approach based on geographical reasoning. This issue therefore presents a kind of review of the long journey traveled and considers the new perspectives we wish to explore.


  1. A Way of Reasoning of Interest to People
    1. Why Has Geopolitics Had So Much Success in France?
    2. The Negative Consequences of the Hegemony of Physical Geography over Geography
  2. The Essential Contribution of Geography to Geopolitics
    1. An Extremely Efficient Tool: Contradictory Representations of Territories in Conflict

To cite this article

Béatrice Giblin, “ La géopolitique : un raisonnement géographique d'avant-garde ”, Hérodote 3/2012 (n° 146-147) , p. 3-13
URL : www.cairn.info/revue-herodote-2012-3-page-3.htm.
DOI : 10.3917/her.146.0003.

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