The Power of Geography
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Series: Reads and Reviews, Reads and Reviews - November 2021
Genre: Historical Nonfiction - Adult
ASIN: B08VJM3CFK
ISBN: 9781982178628
With the Power of Geography, Tim Marshall examines 9 regions of the world (plus space) that have faced a recent geopolitical conflict of some form in recent years. He breaks down each region with a geographical description of its land and resources and then shows how geographic features have influenced that area's development. He then summarizes the full history of the territory and connects it all to the issues the area is facing in the current day. Marshall literally gives a worldview to each of these 10 regions and shrinks down the vastness of history into comprehensible ideas.
 
If you teach any type of World History (Ancient History, APHUG, Global Studies etc.) and you've struggled to make connections between history and current events - pick up this book! I would see most teachers utilizing this book as a reference book - taking some time to review a chapter when they're framing out a new unit for students.
 
For the rest of us, this book is excellent at providing some historical context to the headlines we read or listen to on the news.
 
Trying to make sense of the recent crisis in Ethiopia and the Tigray region? This book provides that context.
 
Wondering why China keeps popping up around the world? This book discusses China's intrusions and the reasoning behind their forays into Africa, the Caribbean, and Australia
 
Question why Elon Musk keeps trying to jet himself into space? Yep, this book discusses that also.
 
Basically, you need to check out the Power of Geography. It's a fantastic book for history teachers, but it's also really helpful for those of us just trying to make sense of the world right now.
About the Book

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Prisoners of Geography, the highly anticipated follow-up that uses ten maps of crucial regions around the globe to explain the geopolitical strategies of today’s world powers and what it means for our future.

Tim Marshall’s global bestseller Prisoners of Geography offered us a “fresh way of looking at maps” (The New York Times Book Review), showing how every nation’s choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn’t changed, but the world has.

Now, in this revelatory new book, Marshall takes us into ten regions that are set to shape global politics and power. Find out why the Earth’s atmosphere is the world’s next battleground; why the fight for the Pacific is just beginning; and why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than we think.

In ten chapters covering Australia, The Sahel, Greece, Turkey, the UK, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Space, Marshall explains how a region’s geography and physical characteristics affect the decisions made by its leaders. Innovative, compelling, and delivered with Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a gripping and enlightening exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present, and—most importantly—our future.

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