The Revenge of Geography

What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0679604839
Category: Political Science
Page: 448
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world. Bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the recent and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. He then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian Subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia, a visionary glimpse into a future that can be understood only in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties. A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century’s looming cataclysms. Praise for The Revenge of Geography “[An] ambitious and challenging new book . . . [The Revenge of Geography] displays a formidable grasp of contemporary world politics and serves as a powerful reminder that it has been the planet’s geophysical configurations, as much as the flow of competing religions and ideologies, that have shaped human conflicts, past and present.”—Malise Ruthven, The New York Review of Books “Robert D. Kaplan, the world-traveling reporter and intellectual whose fourteen books constitute a bedrock of penetrating exposition and analysis on the post-Cold War world . . . strips away much of the cant that suffuses public discourse these days on global developments and gets to a fundamental reality: that geography remains today, as it has been throughout history, one of the most powerful drivers of world events.”—The National Interest “Kaplan plunges into a planetary review that is often thrilling in its sheer scale . . . encyclopedic.”—The New Yorker “[The Revenge of Geography] serves the facts straight up. . . . Kaplan’s realism and willingness to face hard facts make The Revenge of Geography a valuable antidote to the feel-good manifestoes that often masquerade as strategic thought.”—The Daily Beast

Die Macht der Geographie

Wie sich Weltpolitik anhand von 10 Karten erklären lässt
Author: Tim Marshall
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423428562
Category: History
Page: 304
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Wie Geografie Geschichte macht Weltpolitik ist auch Geopolitik. Alle Regierungen, alle Staatschefs unterliegen den Zwängen der Geographie. Berge und Ebenen, Flüsse, Meere, Wüsten setzen ihrem Entscheidungsspielraum Grenzen. Um Geschichte und Politik zu verstehen, muss man selbstverständlich die Menschen, die Ideen, die Einstellungen kennen. Aber wenn man die Geographie nicht mit einbezieht, bekommt man kein vollständiges Bild. Zum Beispiel Russland: Von den Moskauer Großfürsten über Iwan den Schrecklichen, Peter den Großen und Stalin bis hin zu Wladimir Putin sah sich jeder russische Staatschef denselben geostrategischen Problemen ausgesetzt, egal ob im Zarismus, im Kommunismus oder im kapitalistischen Nepotismus. Die meisten Häfen frieren immer noch ein halbes Jahr zu. Nicht gut für die Marine. Die nordeuropäische Tiefebene von der Nordsee bis zum Ural ist immer noch flach. Jeder kann durchmarschieren. Russland, China, die USA, Europa, Afrika, Lateinamerika, der Nahe Osten, Indien und Pakistan, Japan und Korea, die Arktis und Grönland: In zehn Kapiteln zeigt Tim Marshall, wie die Geographie die Weltpolitik beeinflusst und beeinflusst hat.

Old World Empires

Cultures of Power and Governance in Eurasia
Author: Ilhan Niaz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317913787
Category: History
Page: 448
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This book is a sweeping historical survey of the origins, development and nature of state power. It demonstrates that Eurasia is home to a dominant tradition of arbitrary rule mediated through military, civil and ecclesiastical servants and a marginal tradition of representative and responsible government through autonomous institutions. The former tradition finds expression in hierarchically organized and ideologically legitimated continental bureaucratic states while the latter manifests itself in the state of laws. In recent times, the marginal tradition has gained in popularity and has led to continental bureaucratic states attempting to introduce democratic and constitutional reforms. These attempts have rarely altered the actual manner in which power is exercised by the state and its elites given the deeper and historically rooted experience of arbitrary rule. Far from being remote, the arbitrary culture of power that emerged in many parts of the world continues to shape the fortunes of states. To ignore this culture of power and the historical circumstances that have shaped it comes at a high price, as indicated by the ongoing democratic recession and erosion of liberal norms within states that are democracies.

The Making of Modern Georgia, 1918-2012

The First Georgian Republic and its Successors
Author: Stephen F. Jones
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317815920
Category: Social Science
Page: 364
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When most of Eastern Europe was struggling with dictatorships of one kind or another, the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) established a constitution, a parliamentary system with national elections, an active opposition, and a free press. Like the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1918, its successors emerged after 1991 from a bankrupt empire, and faced, yet again, the task of establishing a new economic, political and social system from scratch. In both 1918 and 1991, Georgia was confronted with a hostile Russia and followed a pro-Western and pro-democratic course. The top regional experts in this book explore the domestic and external parallels between the Georgian post-colonial governments of the early twentieth and twenty-first centuries. How did the inexperienced Georgian leaders in both eras deal with the challenge of secessionism, what were their state building strategies, and what did democracy mean to them? What did their electoral systems look like, why were their economic strategies so different, and how did they negotiate with the international community neighbouring threats. These are the central challenges of transitional governments around the world today. Georgia’s experience over one hundred years suggests that both history and contemporary political analysis offer the best (and most interesting) explanation of the often ambivalent outcomes.

The Geopolitics of Regional Power

Geography, Economics and Politics in Southern Africa
Author: Mr Sören Scholvin
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472430751
Category: Political Science
Page: 254
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In the last two decades, various states from the Global South have emerged as important players in international relations. Most popular among them is China. Brazil, India and South Africa have also taken essential roles in global and regional politics. Compared to traditional great powers, they can be labelled ‘regional great powers’ or ‘regional powers’ because their influence is - with the exception of China - concentrated on their neighbourhood. The impact of regions, meaning the impact of geography, on the economics and politics of regional powers is surprisingly understudied. This book analyses how geographical conditions influence the regional economics and politics of South Africa, allowing the author to delineate its region of influence.

Monsoon

The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 1400067464
Category: Political Science
Page: 366
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The best-selling author of Imperial Grunts and Hog Pilots explores the international power shift to countries in the Indian Ocean region while explaining how and why America must focus its resources there in order to protect specific political and economic interests.

Twentieth-Century Europe

A Brief History, 1900 to the Present
Author: N.A
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118651383
Category: History
Page: 416
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Twentieth-Century Europe: A Brief History presents readers with a concise and accessible survey of the most significant themes and political events that shaped European history in the 20th and 21st centuries. Features updates that include a new chapter that reviews major political and economic trends since 1989 and an extensively revised chapter that emphasizes the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since World War II Organized into brief chapters that are suitable for traditional courses or for classes in non-traditional courses that allow for additional material selected by the professor Includes the addition of a variety of supplemental materials such as chronological timelines, maps, and illustrations

Naval War College Review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: International relations
Page: N.A
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Review of culture


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: China
Page: N.A
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Imperial Grunts

On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1400034574
Category: History
Page: 421
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A veteran journalist and author of Balkan Ghosts offers a thought-provoking look at American imperialism from the perspective of the global war on terrorism and the role of America's elite military forces, in a study that reassesses the changing involvement of the United States in world affairs. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Der Seestern und die Spinne

die beständige Stärke einer kopflosen Organisation
Author: Ori Brafman,Rod A. Beckström
Publisher: VCH
ISBN: 9783527503452
Category: Decentralization in management
Page: 192
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Wenn man einer Spinne den Kopf abreißt, dann stirbt sie. Aber wenn man einem Seestern ein Bein abschneidet, dann wächst ihm ein neues. Und das andere Bein kann zu einem komplett neuen Seestern heranwachsen. Herkömmliche Organisationen, die auf Hierarchien fußen, sind wie Spinnen. Aber nun beginnen Seesternorganisationen, das Gesicht der Wirtschaft und der Welt zu verändern. Was ist die versteckte Macht hinter dem Erfolg von Wikipedia, Craigslist und Skype? Was haben eBay, General Electric mit der Anti-Sklavereibewegung und der Frauenrechtsbewegung gemeinsam? Welche Grundsatzentscheidung ließ General Motors und Toyota zwei ganz verschiedene Pfade beschreiten? Wieso kann ein siegreich beendetes Verfahren vor dem Obersten Gerichtshof der USA der größte Fehler sein, den MGM jemals gemacht hat? Ori Brafman und Rod A. Beckström bieten unverhoffte Antworten, mitreißende Geschichten und unglaubliche Verknüpfungen. In 'Der Seestern und die Spinne' behaupten sie, dass es zwei Kategorien von Organisationen gibt: traditionelle 'Spinnen', die starre Hierarchien und Befehlsketten von oben nach unten haben, und revolutionäre 'Seesterne', die sich auf die Macht von Beziehungen unter Gleichgestellten stützen. 'Der Seestern und die Spinne' erkundet, was passiert, wenn Seesterne gegen Spinnen kämpfen (so wie die Musikindustrie gegen Napster, Kazaa und alle ihre Nachfolger vorging). Das Buch zeigt, wie alteingesessene Unternehmen und Institutionen lernen, mit Prinzipien der Seesternorganisation erfolgreicher zu sein. Der Seestern und die Spinne ist eines der seltenen Bücher, das Ihr Verständnis der Welt komplett verändern wird.

Digital Talking Books Plus


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Talking books
Page: N.A
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Die Mauer

13. August 1961 bis 9. November 1989
Author: Fred Taylor
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783570551141
Category:
Page: 576
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Spannend geschriebenes Buch über Vorgeschichte, Bau und Fall der Berliner Mauer.

Talking Book Topics


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Talking books
Page: N.A
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Military Review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Military art and science
Page: N.A
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Die Demokratie und ihre Feinde

Wer gestaltet die neue Weltordnung?
Author: Robert Kagan
Publisher: Siedler Verlag
ISBN: 3641033713
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Plädoyer für eine demokratische Weltordnung Robert Kagan bringt die weltpolitische Situation seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges auf den Punkt. Den demokratischen Staaten steht mit Russland, China und Iran eine wachsende Zahl nach Macht und Einfluss strebender autokratischer Regime gegenüber. Gleichzeitig werden die Werte des Westens vom Herrschaftsanspruch radikaler Islamisten bedroht. Leidenschaftlich und pointiert stellt uns Kagan vor die Alternative, entweder die Welt im Sinne unserer freiheitlich-demokratischen Vorstellungen zu formen oder uns in einer neuen Weltordnung einzurichten, die andere gestaltet haben. Nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges keimte die Hoffnung, das Ende der Geschichte sei gekommen, eine friedvolle Zukunft liege vor uns. Diese Hoffnung war trügerisch. Die Jugoslawienkriege, der Kosovo-Konflikt und der 11. September zeigten auf brutale Weise, dass Nationalismen, ethnische Zugehörigkeiten und Religion die Völker nach wie vor trennen und in blutige Konflikte stürzen. Auch Großmachtansprüche gehören keineswegs der Vergangenheit an. Russland, China und Iran lassen ihre Muskeln spielen. Eindringlich ruft Robert Kagan die demokratischen Staaten dazu auf, sich zusammenzuschließen und gemeinsam für Demokratie und liberale Werte einzustehen. Die Geschichte ist zurückgekehrt, die hochfliegenden optimistischen Träume, die man nach dem Mauerfall und dem Zusammenbruch des Ostblocks gehegt hatte, sind ausgeträumt. Die Demokraten dürfen die Welt nicht den Despoten und Autokraten überlassen, sondern müssen aktiv an der Gestaltung einer neuen Weltordnung mitwirken. Kagan ist einer der scharfsinnigsten politischen Denker in den USA.

Geopolitica del collasso

Iran, Siria e Medio Oriente nel contesto della crisi globale
Author: Roberto Iannuzzi
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
ISBN: 8868268485
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
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Dopo i conflitti degli ultimi decenni e le sollevazioni popolari della Primavera Araba, una regione smisurata, che va dal Maghreb all’Asia centrale, sta scivolando progressivamente verso un’instabilità caratterizzata da incertezze politiche e crescenti agitazioni sociali. In realtà, la fragilità dei regimi mediorientali, il declino americano e il tracollo economico dell’Occidente sono fenomeni legati tra loro, poiché rappresentano le diverse manifestazioni di un’unica «crisi di sistema» che riguarda tutti. In questa fase di indebolimento dell’influenza degli Stati Uniti in Medio Oriente, la guerra civile in Siria e la partita iraniana– di cui la questione nucleare costituisce solo un aspetto – emergono allora come elementi chiave di una competizione più ampia per la ridefinizione degli equilibri mondiali e l’accaparramento delle risorse del pianeta. Indagando le cause della crisi mediorientale, lo studioso Roberto Iannuzzi solleva lo sguardo a coglierne le molteplici implicazioni sul piano globale. Il suo libro, minuzioso nella raccolta e nell’analisi dei dati, è uno strumento necessario per la lettura del presente

THE ENDS OF THE EARTH : A JOURNEY TO THE FRONTIERS OF ANARCHY


Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0679751238
Category: Africa, West
Page: 476
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Author of Balkan Ghosts, Robert D. Kaplan now travels from West Africa to Southeast Asia to report on a world of disintegrating nation-states, warring nationalities, metastasizing populations, and dwindling resources. He emerges with a gritty tour de force of travel writing and political journalism. Whether he is walking through a shantytown in the Ivory Coast or a death camp in Cambodia, talking with refugees, border guards, or Iranian revolutionaries, Kaplan travels under the most arduous conditions and purveys the most startling truths. Intimate and intrepid, erudite and visceral, The Ends of the Earth is an unflinching look at the places and peoples that will make tomorrow's headlines-and the history of the next millennium.