Prisoners of Geography

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Feb 10, 2018 22:39
Recently, I read Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. It's an interesting and entertaining book about how geography has a deep impact in history. Its subtitle explain the basic premise, "ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics." The other take away from the book, is that nations act amorally, responding to threads of their neighbors, based not in their intentions, but in what is possible geographically.

For example, Moscow was founded in a plain, protected on its East side by the Urals mountains. On the West, it would be protected by the Carpathians mountains, but they're interrupted by a big corridor in Poland. This hole means that either Western Europe can invade Russia through Poland, or vice-versa. It's not a matter if they want to do it, just the possibility is threatening. That explain why Poland has been invaded by so many times from one side or the other.