Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Revenge of Geography: June 2013

When reading history, I always have liked to have an atlas open at a map of the place I am reading about. Robert D. Kaplan also finds geography a vital part of history. Kaplan has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for over twenty-five years. His insights into geopolitics have been learned through practical experience, along with years of scholarship, and are invaluable to gaining a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world of today.

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, is an examination of international relations and conflicts that are difficult to explain. He takes us on a journey through different parts of the world, examining the history and geography of each part, showing how geography has molded so much of history. It becomes apparent why events are unfolding as they are nowadays.

He ends the book by pointing us to the geography of America. He looks southwards to Mexico, and points out that it is very much in America's interests to help Mexico develop a strong economy that will provide jobs and a good life to Mexicans, and keep them at home in their own country.

Altogether, a fascinating read, imparting insights into the past and the future.

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