GEOG 128
Geography of International Affairs

Nationalist Myths and Geopolitical Codes


Three types of “historical-geographic understandings” that are used to frame the specific justifications of particular countries are:

  1. the state is a historic homeland of a distinctive ethnocultural group;
  2. the state is a distinctive physical-environmental unit;
  3. the state is the modern incarnation of a long-standing political-territorial entity.

These categories are not deterministic of an aggressive or defensive geopolitical code, but they do show that justification for geopolitical actions used by government need to be grounded in a national ideology that resonates with the population (what Flint identifies as a “nationalist myth”).

Flint elaborates upon these types of historical-geographic understandings on page 125.

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