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Speaker(s): Dr John Darwin
Chair: Professor Dominic Lieven
Recorded on 25 February 2010 at 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.