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Prisoners of Geography

Prisoners of Geography

2015 . History, Political Science, Nonfiction . Tim Marshall

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About the book

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All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture. To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin. To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states. Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.

Year:

2015

Language:

English

Publisher:

Elliot and Thompson Limited

Pages:

256

ISBN:

1783961414 (ISBN13: 9781783961412)

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Reviews

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Annie Spencer image

2 years ago

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Amazing book, with a chapter detailing the history of different regions across the world, from Russia to Korea, Africa to America, avoiding the trap of becoming a dry textbook

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Anja Nakarada Pecujlic

3 years ago

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Easy read and very solid overview of global conflicts. Level of analysis and in-depth knowledge varies from region to region (some are better explained than the others), but I would still very much recommend it.

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Holly Harris

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A really good intro to geopolitics. Also includes brief history of each country. Easy to read and packed full of information! Written in 2016 so could do with an update.....

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