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The Revenge of Geography - What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (Standard format, CD, Unabridged) Loot Price: R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 You Save: R155 (21%)

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The Revenge of Geography - What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (Standard format, CD, Unabridged)

Robert D. Kaplan; Narrated by Michael Prichard

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In "The Revenge of Geography," Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe's pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.
Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only twenty-three percent of its people from land that is only seven percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan's porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India's main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage.
A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century's looming cataclysms.

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Imprint: Tantor Media Inc.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Robert D. Kaplan
Narrators: Michael Prichard
Dimensions: 137 x 163 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: CD  Standard format
Running time: 810 minutes
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN-13: 978-1-4526-1052-8
Barcode: 9781452610528
Categories: Promotions
Books > Earth & environment > Geography > Historical geography
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > General
LSN: 1-4526-1052-5

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