What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
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What role does geography play in the course of history? In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan traces past and present events in the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.
Kaplan shows, for example, that the Russian steppe’s pitiless climate bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction; and that Nazi geopoliticians mistakenly calculated that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.
He then shows how the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China has sought energy, minerals, and metals from a host of brutal regimes, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan’s porous borders will keep it a vital rear base for Pakistan, India’s main enemy. Iran is the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. And the United States might turn its gaze from far-flung conflicts to the troubles that have engulfed neighboring Mexico.
This timely work reveals the far-reaching effects the natural world exerts on geopolitics.
Hardcover Book : 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Inc. ( September 11, 2012 )
Item #: 13-627619
Product Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25 x 1.08inches
Product Weight: 22.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)