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The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan

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On this provocative, startling guide, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling writer of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, deals a revelatory new prism by which to view world upheavals and to bear in mind what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.
 
In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of serious geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the close to and distant prior to seem back at very important pivots in history after which to look ahead on the evolving international scene. Kaplan traces the historical past of the world’s sizzling spots with the aid of inspecting their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe’s pitiless local weather and restricted vegetation bred laborious and cruel males bent on destruction, as an example, whereas Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics solely, calculating that space on the globe utilized by the British Empire and the Soviet Union will be swallowed by way of a greater German homeland.
 
Kaplan then applies the teachings learned to the current crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Center East. The outcome is a holistic interpretation of the subsequent cycle of conflict all over Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, in a position to feed most effective 23 p.c of its individuals from land that’s best 7 percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral battle with the US. Afghanistan’s porous borders will keep it the important invasion route into India, and a critical rear base for Pakistan, India’s major enemy. Iran will make the most the advantage of being the one usa that straddles both vitality-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Eventually, Kaplan posits that the USA might rue engaging in some distance-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of turning into a semifailed state as a result of drug cartel carnage.
 
A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who counsel that globalism will trump geography, this fundamental work displays how timeless truths and natural details can lend a hand forestall this century’s looming cataclysms.

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“Robert D. Kaplan wields geography like a scalpel, the usage of it to look at international family members and conflicts that globalization fails to explain. The Revenge of Geography is a sagacious account of how geography has shaped the realm we know—and what this implies for the longer term. Kaplan’s marriage ceremony of historical and present-day diagnosis on a area-with the aid of-area foundation makes for a neatly-researched, entertaining, and informative read that can not be left out.”—Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Workforce and creator of Every Nation for Itself
 
“The importance of geography in shaping history is the good difficulty that Robert Kaplan tackles on this phenomenal e-book. Thirty years of scholarship and commute lie behind his recounting of human triumphs and conflicts in the course of the ages. At the heart of his extensive-ranging diagnosis is his perception within the abiding influence of geography on human behavior, now and at some point.”—James Hoge, counselor, Council on Foreign Relations

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Creator: Robert D. Kaplan Writer: Random Home Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 432

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