Cold War Geopolitics


  • Jeremy BLACK University of Exeter



Swiftly following World War Two, the Cold War between a Soviet-led alliance and an American-led one might appear to be a clearcut case of a continuity with Mackinder’s 1904 perspective. In practice, there was the significant intervening stage of the earlier ideological political contest of 1918-41 between the Soviet Union and a British anti-Communist system.


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How to Cite

BLACK, J. . (2024). Cold War Geopolitics. BULLETIN OF "CAROL I" NATIONAL DEFENCE UNIVERSITY, 12(4), 7–29.