Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.
If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters (covering Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan, Europe, Japan and Korea, and the Arctic), using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history. It's time to put the 'geo' back into geopolitics.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 29 minutes|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||21 March 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 179 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Human Geography (Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Social Science Human Geography
5 in Geography (Books)
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Crimea is a price western countries are willing to pay to make Ukraine pro-western anti-russian. If Putin calculated this response I don’t understand how it was in Russia’s interest as it makes NATO military bases in Ukraine more probable and much closer to Moscow.
False accusation of new Ukrainian leadership in attempts to ban Russian language. Any such thing has never made a law, not more a ground to “protect Russian nationals” than any stupid thing said by countless marginal and far-left/right politicians in Europe alone. Ukraine has 0 far-right parties in its parliament, 0 representation - very easy to check. Now compare that the rest of Europe.
Stopped reading after the first chapter as I am not sure what to expect of depiction of the situation in other parts of the world I don’t have first hand knowledge of.
I only gave it four stars because despite being very informative and concise it still feels a bit short. For teh more interested student I feel sure that there is a lot more to learn about how geography has shaped the form and decisions of states over the centuries.
Much of the book, however, is a description and interpretation of world political events, especially in the post World-War II period, providing a useful reminder of events which may have slipped from our memory. This description in my view, shows the importance of political ideology and nationalism, rather than geography in influencing these events.