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  • Prisoners of Geography
  • Tim Marshall
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  • 01 June 2019
  • 9781783961412

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CHARACTERS ☆ Prisoners of Geography Geography seasoned journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia China the USA Latin America the Middle East Africa Europe Japan and Korea and Greenland and the Arctic their weather seas mountains rivers deserts and borders to provide a context often missing from our political reportage how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leadersIn ten up to date maps of each region Marshall explains in clear and engaging prose the complex geo political str Several disclaimers 1 I am a historical geographer by inclination and education and I have taught history and geography I have also published articles in leading scholarly journals2 I have read the forward and the first half of the first section concerning Russia and cannot read further3 Tim Marshall is an incredibly ignorant smug ass and the living avatar of the Dunning Kruger effect This is an opinion I formed of him while reading this book This opinion is not one I believe any new information short of meeting him and having him explain that he wrote this book as a cruel joke can shake I sincerely believe that this book is a confidence scheme working upon people s innocence and does real harm Okay with that out of the wayHoly god has anyone ever written such a pile of incomprehensibly written self contradictory and wrong headed nonsense Cribbing liberally from his dogeared volume Military History for Complete Dummies Marshall reiterates the absolute worst ideas the Geographic Determinism arguments of the early 20th century and pretends that they are his very own profound truths about the human condition rather than entirely discredited theories and profoundly and inescapably racist ones at that Aside from his apparently not knowing what half the ideas he stole from Halford MacKinder were supposed to explain he falls into every trap that Ratzel and Semple sidestepped and incredibly makes the entirely execrable Jared Diamond look like a thoughtful scholar by comparison To put this volume into a geographer s perspective imagine a chemist finding a book explaining a new and amazing theory of fire the secret is phlogiston I am on page 14 and have already filled the margins of the book with enough notes to crash Goodreads if I included them so let s just reduce my critiues to the essentials 1 Marshall believes that nations are the natural political unit and are optimally composed of a uniform ethnic identity1a Marshall thinks that boundaries are real things and that ethno nationalism would solve all this warfare thing we seem to have trouble with2 Marshall conflates history with military history and that all wars are an attempt to avoid the next war by finding natural borders 3 Marshall is entirely unaware of the hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy4 Marshall is capable of phrasings like in order to extend their global reach around the world page xvi in my edition4a Another howler The Pact was supposed to be made of iron but with hindsight by the early 1980s was rusting and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 it crumbled to dust I defy anyone to diagram that sentence 5 Marshall is entirely ignorant of any history that precedes 2001 except for what he can plagiarize from the Wikipedia blurb you see at the head of a Google search 6 Marshall can t even keep his own fake history straight enough to make it through the entirely mischaracterized history of the Rus without contradicting himself endlessly First we are told that the Urals are impassible and prevent invasions from Asia A couple of paragraphs later the Mongols almost destroy the Rus during their invasion from Asia across the Urals7 Extra CreditSee if you can find the page where Marshall writes so ineptly that he suggests that military aircraft use concrete as fuel 7a See if you can find the page where he claims Putin thinks only about three things God mountains and pizza I would enjoy hearing Marshall explain to which of these categories belongs disrupting western democracies through a sustained campaign of social media disinformation 8 The word bear is not Russian Marshall you stupid lazy bastard It is Germanic in origin Look stuff up9 Marshall thinks that time zone is a unit of measure By that system Antarctica is unimaginably vast Were Russia rotated 90 degrees it would occupy many fewer time zones Also were Russia located along the euator but of the same area and shape it would again occupy many fewer time zones10 Marshall uestions Putin s assessment of the collapse of the USSR as a major geopolitical disaster I would argue that the postscript has borne out that opinion largely because of its role in enabling the rise of Putin s authoritarian Russian state out of Yeltsin s eually vicious kleptocracy let alone the resulting regional destabilization11 Marshall attempts a defense of Sarah Palin s you can see Russia from Alaska comment as though it were a sensible response to a uestion about her foreign policy experience Marshall s argument is essentially that because that statement is factually true Palin is not as incurably stupid as himself If that premise were so my looking at the moon ualifies me to head NASA12 There is a passage of absolutely insane nonsense about China slowly conuering Siberia through the clever subterfuge of Chinese restaurants Really 13 Marshall wants to argue that Africa is impoverished because of its geographic isolation Odd that Africa which is so close to Europe and Asia that it is actually connected was not too isolated that it was protected from five centuries of European resource exploitation and slaving14 Marshall explicitly points to the Southern Cone of South America as another region too remote from civilization to be prosperous If that argument made any sense at all then Colombia Haiti and El Salvador would be richer and developed than Argentina and Chile 15 Everything else Marshall wrote but I have not mentioned is eually illogical and factually incorrect Those passages are still stupid and wrong just less entertainingly stupid and wrongAnyway I read 14 pages of this complete shite and am astonished that anyone has made it farther I am also uite frankly offended that so many could be so entirely ignorant of the world that this fart cloud got anything than ridicule for reviews Discovering that it rates than four stars is a sad joke The only use I can imagine for this volume is giving excepts to a class and have them learn critical reasoning by laughing at itI fear for humanity sometimes often Dissenting opinions cheerfully entertained in the comments Be warned I do respond the-painted-art-journal-24-projects-for-creating-your-visual-narrative zone is a unit of measure By that system Antarctica is unimaginably vast Were Russia rotated 90 degrees it would occupy many fewer time how-to-do-everything-with-photoshop-cs2-ebook-colin-smith-amazon-fr-amazon-media-eu-s--r-l zones Also were Russia located along the euator but of the same area and shape it would again occupy many fewer time the-compelling-communicator-mastering-the-art-and-science-of-exceptional-presentation-design zones10 Marshall uestions Putin s assessment of the collapse of the USSR as a major geopolitical disaster I would argue that the postscript has borne out that opinion largely because of its role in enabling the rise of Putin s authoritarian Russian state out of Yeltsin s eually vicious kleptocracy let alone the resulting regional destabilization11 Marshall attempts a defense of Sarah Palin s you can see Russia from Alaska comment as though it were a sensible response to a uestion about her foreign policy experience Marshall s argument is essentially that because that statement is factually true Palin is not as incurably stupid as himself If that premise were so my looking at the moon ualifies me to head NASA12 There is a passage of absolutely insane nonsense about China slowly conuering Siberia through the clever subterfuge of Chinese restaurants Really 13 Marshall wants to argue that Africa is impoverished because of its geographic isolation Odd that Africa which is so close to Europe and Asia that it is actually connected was not too isolated that it was protected from five centuries of European resource exploitation and slaving14 Marshall explicitly points to the Southern Cone of South America as another region too remote from civilization to be prosperous If that argument made any sense at all then Colombia Haiti and El Salvador would be richer and developed than Argentina and Chile 15 Everything else Marshall wrote but I have not mentioned is eually illogical and factually incorrect Those passages are still stupid and wrong just less entertainingly stupid and wrongAnyway I read 14 pages of this complete shite and am astonished that anyone has made it farther I am also uite frankly offended that so many could be so entirely ignorant of the world that this fart cloud got anything than ridicule for reviews Discovering that it rates than four stars is a sad joke The only use I can imagine for this volume is giving excepts to a class and have them learn critical reasoning by laughing at itI fear for humanity sometimes often Dissenting opinions cheerfully entertained in the comments Be warned I do respond

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CHARACTERS ☆ Prisoners of Geography In the bestselling tradition of Why Nations Fail and The Revenge of Geography an award winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo political strategies of the world powersAll leaders of nations are constrained by geography Their choices are limited by mountains rivers seas and concrete To understand world events news organizations and other authorities often focus on people ideas and political movements but without geography we never have the full picture Now in the relevant and timely Prisoners of Once I read this true crime account of this serial killer and they didn t find the bodies I think they got him on dna and so they ask him what did you do with the bodies They were wondering what genius plan of disposal the guy had come up with to make ten corpses disappear without trace And he says I cut em up and put them out with the trash If I couldn t get em in the bin I put em in black bags They just took em away every Thursday morning Well you really shouldn t laugh but Once I saw this programme I can t remember what it s hard to keep track what with this and that and the other but they were talking about earthuakes and they showed this huge plain somewhere like Iran I think and there was a little river in the middle and so that was the only place there was a village everywhere else on this plain was deserted So when the earthuake hit it crushed the village and killed everyone there Because of course the river was the fault line So the only place the people could live was on the fault line This is to show the complete fucked up ness of the human condition This book goes into some considerable detail about this fuckedupness As for instance Africa You hear a lot about the legacy of slavery and colonialism but hah that ain t it It s harbours and rivers is your problem Africa has got a lot of famous long rivers but they don t join up and so you can t sail your goods down them because every 20 miles there s a waterfall Very pretty but it puts the kibosh on trade Then below the Sahara you have the tsetse fly which bites any animal you might think of as a beast of burden like donkeys or bullocks or zebras for all I know so they go down and die and there s your trade gone down with them As for the coast it s smooth not jagged and that s really a bad thing because that means hardly any natural harbours so that means no sea trade either This is solid stuff but not so solid when other countries are examined like Russia Because then we are straying from geography and getting into the United States of Paranoia which is the real name of Russia according to Tim Marshall It s mental geography he is now talking about There is a North European Plain which has been the route from Europe into Russia since time began and the guy in the Kremlin is obsessed with not being invaded via this plain And this explains the Russian buffer state thing they have to have their buffer states or they get really frazzled So you re ahead of me this in turn explains the current hoohah in Ukraine and the previous switcheroo in Crimea This latter has a warm water port and this may not mean much to you personally but that s because your ships aren t frozen up in Murmansk for 8 months of the year You can t do nothing with cold water ports you need a warm water one All of the vastness of Russia and they don t have a single one ah geography except now they do In Europe we had WW2 and the message Europeans took from that is that was the last one no European wars which has almost but not uote been true for 75 years The Russians see that as a blip An uncharacteristic suspicious blip This geography thing gets a bit repetitive plains mountains rivers plainsmountainsrivers portsportsports and when he gets to The Middle East he asks the first 2 uestions Middle of what East of what to point out how ingrained is the eurocentricity of our western brains and maps he is reduced to saying they all hate each other You wouldn t believe which he has some strong data to back this up like all of the current horror show from Morocco to Waziristan But again not really geography this is psychohistory Leonard Cohen wrote a song about the entire and increasing fuckedupness of the world called The Future Gimme back the Berlin wall gimme Stalin and St Paul I ve seen the future brother it is murder That is the theme song for this book which is hard to rate because it allows for no chink of hope to get through The message is there will be of the same but it will be different enough for you not to get bored So for instance beheading videos you have to admit that was old 13th century but new on Twitter I must stop trying to understand the human race It passeth all understanding the-manga-artist-s-workbook-chibis-easy-to-follow-lessons-for-drawing-super-cute-characters zebras for all I know so they go down and die and there s your trade gone down with them As for the coast it s smooth not jagged and that s really a bad thing because that means hardly any natural harbours so that means no sea trade either This is solid stuff but not so solid when other countries are examined like Russia Because then we are straying from geography and getting into the United States of Paranoia which is the real name of Russia according to Tim Marshall It s mental geography he is now talking about There is a North European Plain which has been the route from Europe into Russia since time began and the guy in the Kremlin is obsessed with not being invaded via this plain And this explains the Russian buffer state thing they have to have their buffer states or they get really frazzled So you re ahead of me this in turn explains the current hoohah in Ukraine and the previous switcheroo in Crimea This latter has a warm water port and this may not mean much to you personally but that s because your ships aren t frozen up in Murmansk for 8 months of the year You can t do nothing with cold water ports you need a warm water one All of the vastness of Russia and they don t have a single one ah geography except now they do In Europe we had WW2 and the message Europeans took from that is that was the last one no European wars which has almost but not uote been true for 75 years The Russians see that as a blip An uncharacteristic suspicious blip This geography thing gets a bit repetitive plains mountains rivers plainsmountainsrivers portsportsports and when he gets to The Middle East he asks the first 2 uestions Middle of what East of what to point out how ingrained is the eurocentricity of our western brains and maps he is reduced to saying they all hate each other You wouldn t believe which he has some strong data to back this up like all of the current horror show from Morocco to Waziristan But again not really geography this is psychohistory Leonard Cohen wrote a song about the entire and increasing fuckedupness of the world called The Future Gimme back the Berlin wall gimme Stalin and St Paul I ve seen the future brother it is murder That is the theme song for this book which is hard to rate because it allows for no chink of hope to get through The message is there will be of the same but it will be different enough for you not to get bored So for instance beheading videos you have to admit that was old 13th century but new on Twitter I must stop trying to understand the human race It passeth all understanding

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CHARACTERS ☆ Prisoners of Geography Ategies of these key parts of the globe What does it mean that Russia must have a navy but also has frozen ports six months a year How does this affect Putin’s treatment of Ukraine How is China’s future constrained by its geography Why will Europe never be united Why will America never be invaded Shining a light on the unavoidable physical realities that shape all of our aspirations and endeavors Prisoners of Geography is the critical guide to one of the major and most often overlooked determining factors in world histor Marshall could have kept up the initial presentation and analysis throughout the book but at some point the editors decided to shorten the pages and compress regions together As a fellow reviewer says It is solid stuff but after some time this geography thing gets a bit repetitive plains mountains rivers plainsmountainsrivers portsportsports