On Schmitt and space

Claudio Minca, Rory Rowan

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This book represents a comprehensive study of the spatial thought of the influential German legal and political thinker Carl Schmitt, offering the first systematic examination from a geographic perspective of one of the most important political thinkers of the twentieth century. It charts the development of Schmitt’s spatial thinking from his early work on secularization and the emergence of the modern European state to his post-war analysis of the spatial basis of global order and international law, whilst situating his thought in relation to his changing biographical and intellectual context, his controversial involvement in Weimar politics and his disastrous support for the Nazi regime. It argues that spatial concepts play a crucial structural role throughout Schmitt’s work, from his well-known analyses of sovereign power and the state of exception to his often overlooked spatial history of modernity, locating a fundamental relationship between space and ‘the political’ that lies at the core of his thought. The book explores the critical insight that Schmitt’s spatial thinking brings to bear on some of the key political questions of the twentieth century whilst tracking his profound and enduring influence on key debates on sovereignty, international relations, war and the nature of world order at the start of the twenty first.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages286
ISBN (Electronic)9780203796207
ISBN (Print)9781138000742, 9781134448098, 1134448090
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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