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The ends of the earth : a journey at the dawn of the 21st century

Author: Robert D Kaplan
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1996.
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In The Ends of the Earth, Robert D. Kaplan travels from the devastated countries of West Africa and the fundamentalist enclaves of Egypt and Iran to the culturally explosive lands of Central Asia, India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia with hardly more than a notebook and a backpack. Kaplan's intention was to investigate firsthand the effect of population explosion and environmental degradation in these countries and
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Kaplan, Robert D., 1952-
Ends of the earth.
New York : Random House, c1996
(OCoLC)605076627
Named Person: Robert D Kaplan; Robert D Kaplan; Robert D Kaplan; Robert D Kaplan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Kaplan
ISBN: 0679431489 9780679431480
OCLC Number: 32921741
Description: xiv, 476 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. West Africa: Back to the Dawn? 1. An Unsentimental Journey. 2. Sierra Leone: From Graham Greene to Thomas Malthus? 3. Along the Gulf of Guinea --
Pt. II. The Nile Valley: The Hollow Pyramid. 4. "Oriental Despotism" 5. Islamic Coketown. 6. Voices of the "Tormented City" --
Pt. III. Anatolia and the Caucasus: The Earth's Strategic Core? 7. "The Still Point of the Turning World" 8. Mother Lode. 9. By Caspian Shores --
Pt. IV. The Iranian Plateau: The Earth's "Soft Centre" 10. A Country of Flowers and Nightingales. 11. The Revolution of "the Hand" 12. Bazaar States. 13. Qom's Last Tremors. 14. The Heart of Persia. 15. The Tower of Qabus --
Pt. V. Central Asia: Geographical Destinies. 16. Russian Outpost. 17. Pre-Byzantine Turks and Civilization Clashes. 18. Clean Toilets and the Legacy of Empires. 19. China: "Super-Chaos" and "Physical-Social" Theory. 20. Strategic Hippie Routes. 21. The Roof of the World. 22. The Last Map.
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In The Ends of the Earth, Robert D. Kaplan travels from the devastated countries of West Africa and the fundamentalist enclaves of Egypt and Iran to the culturally explosive lands of Central Asia, India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia with hardly more than a notebook and a backpack. Kaplan's intention was to investigate firsthand the effect of population explosion and environmental degradation in these countries and to see how the various cultures he encountered responded to them. But as he traveled, talking to gun smugglers and government ministers, warlords and shantytown dwellers, he discovered that the real problem, in places as far afield as Sierra Leone and western China, was the reemergence of longstanding cultural rivalries and the dissolution of national boundaries as regions redefine themselves along ethnic and historic lines.

Kaplan's ground-level experiences allow him to avoid grandiose generalizations about the clash of civilizations and to replace them with intimate portraits of the men and women he encounters: Rafighdoost, Khomeini's fiercely loyal chauffeur; Ali Abdel Razag, keeper of the Aswan High Dam; and Ayshe Tanrikulu, a squatter on Golden Mountain, a shantytown on the outskirts of Ankara, who hopes that her sons will one day be doctors or engineers. It is in the squalor of daily existence and in people's fears, frustrations, and dreams that Kaplan looks for the key to a country's future. The Ends of the Earth offers an intimate portrait of the devastated parts of the world, whose cultural disasters - like those in Bosnia, Chechnya, and Rwanda today - will dominate our attention and remake the world of tomorrow.

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