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Prisoners of geography : ten maps that explain everything about the world

Author: Tim Marshall
Publisher: New York, New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015. ©2015
Series: Politics of place series, bk. 1
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First Scribner Hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture. To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2016304552
(OCoLC)905685945
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Marshall
ISBN: 9781501121487 1501121480
OCLC Number: 1275788027
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain in 2015 by Elliott and Thompson Limited.
Description: 1 online resource (291 pages ): maps.
Contents: Russia --
China --
United States --
Western Europe --
Africa --
The Middle East --
India and Pakistan --
Korea and Japan --
Latin America --
The Arctic.
Series Title: Politics of place series, bk. 1
Other Titles: Ten maps that explain everything about the world
10 maps that explain everything about the world
Responsibility: Tim Marshall.

Abstract:

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture. To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin. To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states. Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.

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