The thesis provides a critical history of the Italian geopolitical movement of the interwar
period and especially its journal Geopolitica (l939-1942). The discourse is
situated amidst the wider contexts of the inter-war debates surrounding geopolitics
and our anglophone histories of this episode. Similarly, the movement is positioned
within the political, academic and cultural contexts of Fascist Italy and the cultures of
Italian geography in this era.
Substantial chapters consider the origins and development of geopolitical ideas as
they-were re-negotiated in Fascist Italy; the regime's promotion of an Italian
geographical imagination and its consequent support for Geopolitica; and the
programme of Geopolitica itself. The.cartography of the journal, its representations
of colonial space in Africa and its analysis of the Mediterranean and Balkan regions
are also addressed at length. Finally, the various contestations of geopolitics and its
key terms are rehearsed, as is the journal's probable impact and its eventual closure.
The legacies and histories ofthis episode are briefly considered.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.