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Interesting overview of geopolitics
27 December 2017
This book provides an interesting overview of geopolitics, and how the geography of nations (rivers, mountains, access to oceans, climate, nearness to the equator, etc.) affects borders, trade, who they will work with and war with, and what their future goals for expansion or defence might be. While it stops (just) short of geographic determinism, it does make it clear that in the context of geography there are far fewer happy options than a cursory look at a map would suggest. I enjoyed reading it.
It covers most parts of the world, giving answers to questions like why China are interested in Tibet, why Russia are interested in Ukraine, why the US has bases around the world, why France and Germany need to work together (and why Germany invaded France in both world wars), how big Africa really is, why China is interested in working with African nations, why Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires, and why splitting up nations by drawing straight lines on a map is a bad idea.