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NUMBER: 2041
AUTHOR: Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861–1947)
QUOTATION: When our Statesmen are in conversation with the defeated enemy, some airy cherub should whisper to them from time to time this saying:
Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland:
Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island:
Who rules the World-Island commands the World.
ATTRIBUTION: SIR HALFORD JOHN MACKINDER, Democratic Ideals and Reality: A Study in the Politics of Reconstruction, p. 186 (1919).
SUBJECTS: World domination