The Mackinder Forum has awarded the Stratfor-funded 2019 Book Award for Geopolitical Analysis to Paul Rahe's Sparta's First Attic War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, published by Yale University Press. From a Spartan perspective, Professor Rahe advances a daring and fundamental reevaluation of Thucydides, the classic author of geopolitical studies. In so doing, an interdisciplinary approach to geopolitics emerges, one that tightly knits together history, geography, and strategic studies.
Furthermore, it is clear from the text and the extensive notes, that the author has not only mastered the sources, ancient and modern, but also viewed the local terrain over which many of the Spartan battles were fought. In calling attention to the role played by Sparta's institutions in the formulation of its grand strategy, Rahe makes a notable contribution to our understanding of international relations: grand strategy, then and now, should take into account the values of those on whom a regime depends for its legitimacy and survival.
This study is an essential contribution; military officers, foreign policy makers and implementers, and the general public interested in geopolitics will all appreciate Professor Rahe's entertaining and enlightening narrative.
- Leonard Hochberg, PhD, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum
Previous winners of the Stratfor Book Award for Geopolitical Analysis include:
- 2018: Peter J. Hugill, Transition in Power: Technological "Warfare" and the Shift from British to American Hegemony (Lexington Books).
- 2017: Geoffrey Sloan, Geopolitics, Geography, and Strategic History (Routledge).
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