Full Text

Geography and Territory

Jaroslav Tir and John A. Vasquez


Comment on this article   Territorial disputes and other geographical factors have arguably some of the greatest influences on the patterns of war and peace in international politics, be it because countries fight over territory more often than over any other issue or because geographic proximity both conditions the ability to fight and provides for frequent interactions. The first part of the essay looks at the research related to geographic factors in general with an emphasis on contiguity. This section looks at geography as a facilitating condition of conflict and war (see Diehl 1991 ). The second part examines the role of territory in interstate militarized conflict and the onset of war. The third part explores the role of territory in internal conflict, especially civil war. The second and third parts look at geography and specifically territory as a source of conflict and war (see Diehl 1991 ). Each section is organized chronologically with the earliest work on a specific topic reviewed first and the most recent last. The study of the role of geography in shaping international relations (IR) has a long history going back at least to Mackinder (1904) , a geographer. Nonetheless, early on political scientists, like Spykman (1942) and Sprout and Sprout (1951) , recognize the importance of geography for shaping relations, as does Richardson (1960) , the physicist who ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:


     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.

[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top