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Friday, June 8, 2012

FW: The Revenge of Geography

I have sent you all a couple of articles from this group before . Though ,they are relatively expensive as a subscription the information is very useful in senior geography , politics, law , environment and other courses. From a discipline standpoint they are quite exciting because many of the authors spend time looking at issues through the eyes of Geography. This may be a great subscription to pass on to the school librarian or a great resource for a CWS and humanities department to have. Cheers Mark


Mark Lowry

Geography and Geotechnologies Instructional Leader

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Toronto District School Board

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From: Stratfor []
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 6:00 AM
To: Lowry, Mark
Subject: The Revenge of Geography




Robert D. Kaplan on his new book, The Revenge of Geography

Robert D. Kaplan is a bestselling author and Stratfor's Chief Geopolitical Analyst


The Revenge of Geography is what I am all about, and what Stratfor is all about. As a foreign correspondent, I have lived geography for over three decades, traveling from one news hotspot to another across several different continents. Even in an age of cyberspace and interconnected financial markets, mountain ranges like the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan still matter, and matter greatly, and that is why I need to describe them.

My reporting has convinced me that we all need to recover a sensibility about time and space that has been lost in the jet and information ages, when elite molders of public opinion dash across oceans and continents in hours -- something which allows them to talk glibly about a so-called flat world. I want to slow down the pace of travel -- and of observation itself -- in order to see the fabulous variety that the earth still offers, and describe how it affects politics.

We live in a world of megacities and overlapping missile ranges. Territory is more critical precisely because it is so crowded and so contested, with events of one region flowing into that of another at warp speed. I want to give readers a tactile sense of this new fluid and organic Eurasia, teeming as it is with humanity. I want to do it one river and mountain range at a time, with thousands of years of history thrown in.

The media proclaims that individuals determine history. But geography provides the backdrop. Geography determines the parameters within which individual choice operates, and I want to describe that backdrop in depth.

The first part of the book profiles the great geopoliticians of a century and decades ago: Halford Mackinder, Nicholas Spykman, Alfred Thayer Mahan, and others -- men whose ideas are both disturbing and fascinating. In the second part of the book I apply their wisdom to today's events in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Iran, Turkey, the Arab world, and Mexico. It is my hope that after finishing this book you will read the headlines differently, and you may be less surprised about the headlines to come. And that, too, is the mission of Stratfor.

This book is written with Stratfor's mission in mind: that is, to describe a country's position on the map, fill it in with mountains and plains and river valleys, and then with the people who are heir to a particular culture and national character -- all in order to better understand human choice, and the human condition itself.


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