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In 1951, geographer Jean Gottmann raised a question far more profound and beyond the theoretical importance of his discipline: “if the earth’s surface had been as even and uniform as a billiard ball, would it have been divided into so many political compartments?”¹ Gottmann was not quite sure about...

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Published in: From the Abode of Islam to the Turkish Vatan p. 211
Main Author: BEHLÜL ÖZKAN
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Yale University Press 06-26-2012
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Summary: In 1951, geographer Jean Gottmann raised a question far more profound and beyond the theoretical importance of his discipline: “if the earth’s surface had been as even and uniform as a billiard ball, would it have been divided into so many political compartments?”¹ Gottmann was not quite sure about the answer at the time, but in an article published in 1978, he had concluded that “Geographical partitioning is fundamentally rooted in the minds of men.”² The state-centered system of territories essentially defines how we understand the world and how our geopolitical imagination of the world is produced, organized, and used
ISBN: 9780300172010
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