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The power of geography

Finally an understandable look at maps that illuminates the background of political and armed conflicts

The book may not satisfy political scientists, politically interested geography scientists or peace researchers 100%. For this readership it is perhaps a bit too superficial. But for all non-scientists who want to know more about the background of the increasingly numerous regions of the world, in which there is seething or open armed conflicts, for whom the title is more than readable and informative.

A look at a 'normal' map of the Middle East is actually enough to understand the causes of the armed conflicts only in this region of the world: the ... more

Finally an understandable look at maps that illuminates the background of political and armed conflicts

The book may not satisfy political scientists, politically interested geography scientists or peace researchers 100%. For this readership it is perhaps a bit too superficial. But for all non-scientists who want to know more about the background of the increasingly numerous regions of the world, in which there is seething or open armed conflicts, for whom the title is more than readable and informative.

A look at a 'normal' map of the Middle East is actually enough to understand the causes of the armed conflicts only in this region of the world: the agents of the former colonial powers British and French met in 1916 at the time of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire , a little more than 100 years ago, seated at a desk, taken a ruler and drawn dead straight lines. According to the motto: "This is yours now, this is mine". It is obvious that the ruler took no account of ethnic groups, tribal affiliations, languages, dialects or even the religious affiliation that is so important for the local residents. The consequences of these lines on the map can now be seen in the news every day.

Tim Marshall takes a thorough look at Russia, China, the United States, Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and Pakistan, Korea and Japan, Latin America and the Arctic.

The chapter on the US was written when there was still no mass tweeting real estate agent in the role of POTUS. This is clearly to be noted in this chapter. It is still worth reading.
If you would like to find out more about the background to the situation in the giant continent of Africa, we recommend the title "The Curse of Wealth: Warlords, Corporations, Smugglers and the Looting of Africa" ​​published by Westend Verlag.

The author's style of language makes it easy to devour the book form: Two examples, both from the chapter on the Middle East to be found: "Near what? East of where? The name of the region is based on a European worldview and it is a European view of the region that shaped it. " (P. 160). "The thought that a man from a certain area could not travel through the region to visit a relative from the same tribe until he had a document giving him a third man he did not know and who was in a distant place City located, issued, made little sense. " (P. 161).

This relaxed, easy-to-understand style runs through all 301 pages. Anyone who is not so well versed in the geography of the world will be given a helping hand with the printed maps.

Despite the fundamentally serious topic of the book, despite the high information content, reading the book is also fun.