posted on May, 5 2011 @ 10:37 PM
Can't help on the first two, but I can help with the geopolitics subject. There are standard issue texts like Democratic Ideals and Reality
by Sir John Halford Mackinder and Alfred Thayer Mahon's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: 1660-1783. These are wonderful foundation
texts that I have included in my master's thesis which is all over geopolitics. They put forward grand stratagies which have been at the base of
foreign policy for the last 150 years. Mahon posits (correctly, I might add) about the control of sea lanes being how maintain power, while Mackinder
puts more focus on control of the Heartland area of Eurasia.
Moving from Mackinder you have Nicolas Spykman's Geography of Peace. Published near the end of WWII Spykman picks up where Mackinder left off
by laying the foundation for what later will be called "containment theory". He maps out the main access routes into the Heartland, and then talks
about how best to control a power which controls that area.
Of course from here, you have problems as with the end of WWII geopolitics as a field inherited the bad voodoo from geopolitik thinking under the Nazi
regime. Many of them shifted solely to political science and international relations, so you will have to look for works by the likes of Kissenger,
Kenneth Waltz, and Karl W. Deutsch. My favorite is Deutsch who looks at interdependency and how this develops, but this is getting a little too
Modern works non-specific to my thesis I'm just now getting into, but I've been focusing greatly on the work of Thomas P.M. Barnett (The
Pentagon's New Map, Blueprint for Action). I'm finding him to be a very insightful and adventurous thinker, but there are some problems I have
with his work, but that is for my work, not here. Someone else I've been told I should read but haven't gotten to yet is Thomas Friedman. From
what I've heard he is more towards a socialistic viewpoint, but I reserve further thoughts.
The problem with work after about 1970 is that it splits out into almost every direction and is sucked away from geography and more into international
relations/political science. It would have to be on a more specific subject basis that I could recommend material.
I know that's a lot, but having too much is better than having none at all, right?