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Prisoner's of Geography

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Includes an exclusive preview of The Power of Geography — the sequel to Prisoners of Geography — out on 22/04/2021 — PREORDER NOW!
Geography shapes not only our history, but where we're headed…

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements — but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.
If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.
In ten chapters and ten maps, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.
It's time to put the 'geo' back into geopolitics.
'Like having a light shone on your understanding… I can't think of another book that explains the world situation so well.
— Nicolas Lezard, Evening Standard
'Sharp insights into the way geography shapes the choices of world leaders.' — Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Ten maps; ten chapters:
Russia * China * United States of America * Latin America * the Middle East * Africa * India and Pakistan * Europe * Japan and Korea * the Arctic
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  • Anuar Buranbayevhas quoted5 years ago
    The Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck, in a double- edged remark, said more than a century ago that ‘God takes special care of drunks, children and the United States of America.’ It appears still to be true.
  • isisvillahas quoted7 months ago
    This is the geopolitics of fear. If China did not control Tibet, it would always be possible that India might attempt to do so. This would give India the commanding heights of the Tibetan Plateau and a base from which to push into the Chinese heartland, as well as control of the Tibetan sources of three of China’s great rivers, the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong, which is why Tibet is known as ‘China’s Water Tower’. China, a country with approximately the same volume of water usage as the USA, but with a population five times as large, will clearly not allow that
  • Temitope Omowumihas quotedlast year
    every US Folsum, Fairfax, and Farmerville would quickly resemble an Iraqi Fallujah.

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