Geopolitics and Imperialism: the British Empire and Halford Mackinder 1890-1940
Speaker(s): Dr John Darwin
Chair: Professor Dominic Lieven
Recorded on 25 February 2010 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.
It was perhaps no coincidence that Halford Mackinder, the most famous exponent of geopolitical theory, wrote his seminal essay in 1904 when British world power seemed on the verge of a secular crisis. This lecture examines how far the insights contained in Mackinder's four major works explain the geopolitical fortunes of the British world system in its age of blood and iron.