Checkerboards and Shatterbelts: The Geopolitics of South America

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byPhilip Kelly

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Geography has always played a major role in world politics. In this study, Philip Kelly maps the geopolitics of South America, a continent where relative isolation from the power centers in North America and Eurasia and often forbidding internal terrain have given rise to a fascinating and unique geopolitical structure.

Kelly uses the geographical concepts of "checkerboards" and "shatterbelts" to characterize much of South America's geopolitics and to explain why the continent has never been unified nor dominated by a single nation. This approach accounts for both historical relationships among South American countries and for such current situations as Brazil's inability to extend its authority across the continent from Atlantic to Pacific, its traditional competition with Argentina, its territorial expansion toward the continental heartlands, its encirclement by neighbors fearful of such expansion, and its recent rapprochement with Argentina.

An important component of this book is the incorporation of the thinking and writing of South American geopolitical analysts, which leads to an interesting inventory of viewpoints on frontier conflicts, territorial expansion, industrial development, economic cooperation, and United States and European relations. Kelly's findings will be important reading for geographers, political scientists, and students and scholars of Latin American history.

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Kelly uses the geographical concepts of 'checkerboards' and 'shatterbelts' to characterize much of South America's geopolitics and to explain why the continent has never been unified nor dominated by a single nation.Kelly's findings will be important reading for geographers, political scientists, and students and scholars of Latin Amer...

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Geography has always played a major role in world politics. In this study, Philip Kelly maps the geopolitics of South America, a continent where relative isolation from the power centers in North America and Eurasia and often forbidding internal terrain have given rise to a fascinating and unique geopolitical structure. Kelly uses the ...

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Kelly uses the geographical concepts of 'checkerboards' and 'shatterbelts' to characterize much of South America's geopolitics and to explain why the continent has never been unified nor dominated by a single nation.Kelly's findings will be important reading for geographers, political scientists, and students and scholars of Latin Amer...

Philip L. Kelly is Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292743289

ISBN - 13:9780292743281

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Geopolitical Definitions, Characteristics, and Theories2. The Geopolitics of South America3. An Inventory of Sixteen South American Writers4. The Regional Geopolitics of South America5. A Geopolitical Description of the Americas6. U.S.-South American Geopolitics7. A Summary and Forecast of South American GeopoliticsBibliographyIndex

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Kelly uses the geographical concepts of 'checkerboards' and 'shatterbelts' to characterize much of South America's geopolitics and to explain why the continent has never been unified nor dominated by a single nation.Kelly's findings will be important reading for geographers, political scientists, and students and scholars of Latin American history.