Geography Is Destiny: Britain and the World, a 10,000 Year History (Hardback)
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Geography Is Destiny: Britain and the World, a 10,000 Year History (Hardback)

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Hardback 576 Pages
Published: 12/05/2022
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As timely as it is authoritative, Morris' epic history of Britain and her interrelationships with the rest of the world draws fascinating parallels and connections between both geological and geopolitical eras, enhancing our understanding of our place in the modern world and the reasons behind it.

Geography is Destiny tells the history of Britain and its changing relationships with Europe and the wider world, from its physical separation at the end of the Ice Age to the first flickers of a United Kingdom, struggles for the Atlantic, and rise of the Pacific Rim.

Applying the latest archaeological evidence, Ian Morris explores how geography, migration, government and new technologies interacted to produce regional inequalities that still affect us today. He charts Britain's geopolitical fortunes over thousands of years, revealing its transformation from a European satellite into a state at the centre of global power, commerce, and culture. But as power and wealth shift from West to East, does Britain's future lie with Europe or the wider world?

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781258354
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 826 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 54 mm
Edition: Main


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A 'big ideas' gallop ... Morris succeeds triumphantly at cramming 10,000 years of history into a single book - Robert Colvile, Times

Morris is a jaunty, accessible writer, especially strong on his home field of archaeology, and this is a book brimming with neat slogans and ideas - Dan Jones, Sunday Times

Morris writes with great knowledge and wisdom and a certain panache ... I can't think of a better, more thought-provoking and generally wise introduction to the 'long' history of Britain's changing relations with continental Europe and the wider world than Geography is Destiny, or one that is such a terrific read - Bernard Porter, Literary Review

Praise for Ian Morris: 'A great work of synthesis and argument, drawing together an awesome range of materials and authorities - Andrew Marr

A fresh perspective ... Ian Morris has established himself as a leader in making big history interesting and understandable - Jared Diamond, author, Guns, Germs, and Steel

Clever, acute and counterintuitive ... a pleasure to read - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

Brilliantly argued across a huge sweep, combining history with human geography, human and natural sciences. It is a magnificent and stimulating read, and should be given to anyone involved in the business of war and peace, or the human fate in any respect - and already a book of the year - Robert Fox, Evening Standard

A provocative and extraordinary contribution to wide-screen comparative history ... a true banquet of ideas - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

This is an astonishing book, full of controversy, brilliantly researched and thoughtfully argued ... one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking histories I've read in years - Daily Telegraph

One doffs one's hat to Morris's breadth, ambition and erudition - Sunday Times

An astonishing work - David S. Landes, author, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

An exuberant and wonderfully entertaining tour de force of history, archaeology, anthropology, geography, evolutionary biology and technological and military speculation... a terrific book - David Crane, The Spectator

It is the book's elegantly succinct prose that will most captivate readers ... filled with lucid explanations of the most recondite questions, with many revealing quotations and witty asides - Edward Luttwak, Prospect

Remarkable ... historian Morris argues not only that war is a source of technological advance but that it brings peace ... the thesis is disturbingly persuasive - Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Gleefully provocative yet alarmingly persuasive... one of the most original history books in years - Mail on Sunday

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A good canter through thousands of years of history mostly from a more archeological view point or based on technological advances. Very readable, and at times thought provoking, but may date rapidly because of many... More

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