Geografie 2012, 117, 234-252

Space and War, Constants and Change from a Historical Perspective

Jan Kofroň

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

Received December 2011
Accepted May 2012

This article highlights an understudied phenomenon: the relationship between space and war. War has been waged in space and over space; hence this relationship constitutes an important, yet, among geographers, rather neglected issue. The broader significance of war is evident in the fact that war has formed important features of the modern political and social world. The relationship between war and space is presented at two main levels, tactical and strategic. It is argued that despite many changes in relations between war and space, physical space remains a key issue in any war and, as such, geographers should examine it. Such an examination cannot be limited to critical approaches or geographers will fall short in competition with scholars from other fields of the social sciences.


war, space, geography, state, society.


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