EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan

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Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus review ↠ 5 Eastward to Tartary Robert Kaplan's first book to focus on a single region since his bestselling Balkan Ghosts introduces readers to an explosive and little known part of the world destined to become a tinderbox of the futureKaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the hear. The title is something of a misnomer as only the final section of the book travels eastward to Tartary Kaplan first revisits the Balkans reflecting on his earlier visits described in Balkan Ghosts then crosses into Turkey and onwards into Syria Jordan Lebanon Israel and Palestine Kaplan served in the Israeli Army a fact I was unaware of previously but which gave an interesting perspective to his views then returns to Turkey and crosses over into Georgia travelling on into Azerbaijan Turkmenistan and finally Armenia It was this final section that I really enjoyed because I was learning about countries I knew nothing whatsoever about The book was written at the turn of the 21st century so Kaplan speculates on what will happen in the future in all of these countries Sometimes he is right sometimes wrong neither he nor anyone he interviewed saw the Syrian civil war coming but he is capturing moments in time when countries and their people were having to make choices This was a slow read because I spent uite a lot time researching the current situation in many countries I enjoyed it overall as a learning experience but I also enjoy Kaplan s writing which is often beautiful the Arab world disappeared as though it had been washed away and a familiar down at the heels Western world began cold and damp in the winter at this altitude where rain clouds smudged the sky like candle smoke on an icon

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Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus review ↠ 5 T of a volatile region stretching from Hungary and Romania to the far shores of the oil rich Caspian Sea Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area that he describes as the new fault line between East and West. interesting analysis over traveller s talesRobert Kaplan doesn t travel first class he keeps his ear to the ground and he pays attention to details Unlike most of our leaders he knows his history and doesn t believe it s bunk He may like to use the words national character where I would use culture but if you read this brilliant book you ll see he s talking about the same thing Kaplan cannot be an expert on every place he goes perhaps his pictures are either inaccurate or stereotypical at times but he has a feel for the main point for the big picture After the 77 reviews already here nobody needs another one telling you what this book is about I would prefer to say why I think it s a great book First it s very well written There are interesting observations and facts on every page History and religion are woven in very well Second he s a reasonable man even if as people point out he s not that optimistic We don t need pie in the sky optimism or undue pessimism We need realism Third he doesn t try to come up with solutions It s not up to some journalist from the USA to decide what would be best for all the countries concerned They ll have to work it out or it will be worked out by history anyhow Sometimes it s impossible to predict the future Despite all his insights and incisive comments Kaplan could not foresee the US invasion of Ira with its many repercussions Well who could have seen that piece of idiocy coming But fourth I like the book because his comments so often hit home For example he predicted decline and near collapse in Romania and Bulgaria if they didn t get into the European Union and NATO Europe obviously saw it the same way They got in He points out again and again that just because a few blocks of a capital city rock with Western goodies and flashy cars doesn t mean economic success He picked Israel and Turkey as the most vibrant and successful societies of all he visited This certainly has held true As states and blocs slowly realign in the Middle East their stability will become ever evident He writes that Gaza and the West Bank might become alienated from each other and that is exactly what has happened He asks If Vladimir Putin consolidates Russia as a new and aggressive autocracy what will the West do Exactly again He appraises the Communist legacy as far devastating than just Russian colonial rule or lack of capitalist knowhow He links rising violence in the Middle East with large numbers of unemployed frustrated youth And of course the most important of all that democracy cannot be implanted from outside It has to grow Elections without a civil society and strong institutions mean the rise of nationalist or fundamentalist parties that will bring chaos not less Perhaps others have written similar things but few create the big picture the way Kaplan does Some of what he says may be wrong but the idea is to THINK about the problems to grasp the interrelations of the several countries he visited to try to gather together the multitude of impressions and glean some overarching tendencies I think that is why this is an interesting book why I have given it five stars My Big Book of Sewing you read this brilliant book Acts of Mercy you ll see he s talking about the same thing Kaplan cannot be an expert on every place he goes perhaps his pictures are either inaccurate or stereotypical at times but he has a feel for the main point for the big picture After the 77 reviews already here nobody needs another one telling The Chicolini Incident Rex Nihilo #05 you what this book is about I would prefer to say why I think it s a great book First it s very well written There are interesting observations and facts on every page History and religion are woven in very well Second he s a reasonable man even if as people point out he s not that optimistic We don t need pie in the sky optimism or undue pessimism We need realism Third he doesn t try to come up with solutions It s not up to some journalist from the USA to decide what would be best for all the countries concerned They ll have to work it out or it will be worked out by history anyhow Sometimes it s impossible to predict the future Despite all his insights and incisive comments Kaplan could not foresee the US invasion of Ira with its many repercussions Well who could have seen that piece of idiocy coming But fourth I like the book because his comments so often hit home For example he predicted decline and near collapse in Romania and Bulgaria if they didn t get into the European Union and NATO Europe obviously saw it the same way They got in He points out again and again that just because a few blocks of a capital city rock with Western goodies and flashy cars doesn t mean economic success He picked Israel and Turkey as the most vibrant and successful societies of all he visited This certainly has held true As states and blocs slowly realign in the Middle East their stability will become ever evident He writes that Gaza and the West Bank might become alienated from each other and that is exactly what has happened He asks If Vladimir Putin consolidates Russia as a new and aggressive autocracy what will the West do Exactly again He appraises the Communist legacy as far devastating than just Russian colonial rule or lack of capitalist knowhow He links rising violence in the Middle East with large numbers of unemployed frustrated Reckless Charity: A Charity Styles Novel (Caribbean Thriller Series Book 3) youth And of course the most important of all that democracy cannot be implanted from outside It has to grow Elections without a civil society and strong institutions mean the rise of nationalist or fundamentalist parties that will bring chaos not less Perhaps others have written similar things but few create the big picture the way Kaplan does Some of what he says may be wrong but the idea is to THINK about the problems to grasp the interrelations of the several countries he visited to try to gather together the multitude of impressions and glean some overarching tendencies I think that is why this is an interesting book why I have given it five stars

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Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus review ↠ 5 He ventures from Turkey Syria and Israel to the turbulent countries of the Caucasus from the newly rich city of Baku to the deserts of Turkmenistan and the killing fields of Armenia The result is must reading for anyone concerned about the state of our world in the decades to com. Starting his book with a uote from Isaiah Berlin To know the worst is not always to be liberated from its conseuences nevertheless it is preferable to ignorance from The Originality of Machiavelli Eastward to Tartary is Kaplan s superb follow up to his Balkan Ghosts The book provides information on the post 1989 development of Balkan states Hungary Romania and Bulgaria Turkey Greater Syria Syria Lebanon Jordan Israel and the Caucus Tartary Georgia Azerbaijan Armenia Turkmenistan The overall premise is that the development of these areas during the 20th Century Versailles Treaty to 1989 was an anomaly and that they are in the process of returning to traditional ethnicreligious organization Kaplan is refreshing in that he is a pragmatist in his approach to viewing other nations he does not claim that the free market globalization or USEuropean Community forced democracy will produce miracles in these places Indeed he is as critical of unrestrained capitalism and the results Huge splits between the nouveau riches and the poor with the nouveau riches building gated compounds to keep themselves away from the ever growing masses of the poor etc as he is of the neo fascist leadersmafiacrats who are springing up in these post SovietSoviet influenced placesThis book is well worth the read


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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan Robert D. Kaplan ✓ 5 Summary characters Ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Robert D. Kaplan interesting analysis over traveller's talesRobert Kaplan doesn't travel first class he keeps his ear to the ground and he pays attention to details Unlike most of our leaders he knows his history and doesn't believe it's bunk He may like to use the words national character where I would use culture but if you

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan All the time I have lived in and contemplated Romania and the Balkans I have assumed that they were a periphery to Western

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan Robert D. Kaplan ✓ 5 Summary review Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus Starting his book with a uote from Isaiah Berlin “To know the worst is not always to be liberated from its conseuences; nevertheless it is preferable to ignorance” from “The Originality of Machiavelli” Eastward to Tartary is Kaplan’s superb follow up to his Balkan Ghosts The book provides information on the po

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan This book follows a journey from Hungary Budapest through Romania Bucharest into Bulgaria through Turkey eastward to Georgia near the Russian border then Armenia Azerbaijan and then across the Caspian Sea into Turkemnistan near to the Iranian border It's a political travelogue The areas visited are not areas I know anything about The book is

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan Robert D. Kaplan ✓ 5 Summary This book is overwhelming Writing for a mostly American audience Robert Kaplan being the gifted writer that he is had me right beside him as he interviews scholars political figures and regular locals as he traveled through

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    EBOOK or KINDLE (Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus) Author Robert D. Kaplan Balkan Ghosts is one of the best books I've read in the last few years It has a great anecdotal style spinning gripping tales of a bloody and tumultuous history spanning centuries Eastward to Tartary is labelled as a seuel to that book so I was expecting a continuation of sorts Unfortunately It takes a very different approach and

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  • Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus
  • Robert D. Kaplan
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  • 02 July 2020
  • 9780375705762