Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics (Paperback)Tim Marshall
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As the subtitle of his book suggests, former Sky News diplomatic editor Tim Marshall begins each of his 10 neat chapters with a simple black-and-white map. These chapters are each about a continent, so that – Australia aside – the geopolitics of the whole world is explained coherently to a reader who Marshall assumes has only a sketchy knowledge of the subject, if that. Prisoners of Geography is an introduction that evidences physically tangible reasons why the Ukraine is so important to Russia, why Russia is still anxious about Poland, why China worries about Tibet, and why Africa is effectively becoming a Chinese colony. Its answer is geography, and how the world’s rivers, plains and mountains either dictate or create the geostrategic realities of each country, region and continent. And so it follows that, with its expanses of fertile farmland, long rivers and singular existence between two oceans, the US naturally makes an ideal base from which to rule the world. Prisoners of Geography thus has a depressing notion at its heart: that the mess the world is currently in has literally been drawn in the sand.
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
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