Geopolitics and the Cold War

Geoffrey Warner

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Geopolitics and the Cold War

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This chapter examines the geopolitical aspect of the Cold War. It discusses the origin of the term “geopolitics,” and investigates how and why relations between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorated so rapidly after the World War 2. The chapter highlights the incompatibilities between the ideologies of the two superpowers, and explains that communism and free-market capitalism are polar opposites. It also argues against the claims about the extent to which the Cold War was based on ideological as opposed to geopolitical factors that persisted throughout the conflict.

Keywords: Cold War; geopolitics; United States; Soviet Union; ideologies; free-market capitalism; communism; geopolitical factors

Article.  10069 words. 

Subjects: History ; Cold War ; International History

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