Checkerboards and Shatterbelts: The Geopolitics of South America

Author: Philip Kelly
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: History Of The Americas, Central Government, International Relations, Geography Books
Book Format: Paperback

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.

Table Of Contents

1. Geopolitical Definitions, Characteristics, and Theories

2. The Geopolitics of South America

3. An Inventory of Sixteen South American Writers

4. The Regional Geopolitics of South America

5. A Geopolitical Description of the Americas

6. U.S.-South American Geopolitics

7. A Summary and Forecast of South American Geopolitics


About Philip Kelly
Philip L. Kelly is Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.


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Artist / Author Philip Kelly
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