East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Thinking in maps


51G4tyBGJoL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I am currently reading a book1 that’s extremely interesting, and that touches on a variety of interests of mine – from history to current events to maps and geography to good old worldbuilding.

It’s called Prisoners of Geography: Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics, and was written by Tim Marshall.

The Italian branch of Amazon was offering the ebook edition for less than the prize of a small ice cream, and there is no ice cream parlor here where I live anyway, and so I grabbed a copy2.

The book is a good antidote to the horde of experts in geopolitics that crowd our pubs and bus stations and Facebook every time some issue of international politics is at hand3, and provides the basic tools to understand stuff like conflicts old and new, ethnic confrontations, migratory processes and Ivan the Terrible’s attack as defence theory, among many other things.
Great stuff.
It’s a nice, quick and very to the point crash course in the connection between history, geography and politics.

“What is now the EU was set up so that France and Germany could hug each other so tightly in a loving embrace that neither would be able to get an arm free with which to punch the other.”

It’s also good as a took when you have to design your own world, as it makes it very clear that politics and geography go hand in hand even in fantasy worlds.

Good book, reasonably cheap in ebook, and highly recommended.

  1. I am actually reading two – one upstairs and one downstairs, as I usually do. 
  2. together with two others. Isn’t there a saying that ebooks come in threes?
    Anyway, it was a massive discount, I spent less than five bucks for three non-fiction books that were on my list. Good haul! 
  3. these are the same that turn into football coaches when the championship begins, and can be handy should the need for a virologist or an engineer arise in Facebook discussions. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Thinking in maps

  1. Good book, I’m reading it too..


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