Trying to guess

rev of geo

Wondering about what is going to happen next  in Ukraine? Or wherever else in the world events will seem to suddenly burst into the news with startling upheaval? Kaplan’s book can give you a good foundation for explaining how geography can play a major role in how countries act and react. In days past nations had natural geographic features that acted as their boundaries, but even though we can now obliterate each other from outer space geographical features still matter. We all want buffers, hence locking doors our doors at night, so do nations. Some just have better ones than others, and those who don’t feel insecure. This is a good book to explain some aspects of various nations behavior towards their neighbors, though it is always more complex than just one thing. Which brings me to:

anyway you slice itWonder why some countries seem to be constantly veering between one crisis to another? It can be easily explained in this book about rationing. The important thing to know is that there will always be those who end up living on little and others who take more than they need. Recently on the news a reporter was interviewing someone in California about the drought and what it would mean for our supermarket shelves. His reply was that it wouldn’t have much of an impact because we would just import more food from “abroad”. Ahhh, the famous elsewhere of “abroad”, where the flash of cash will end up resulting in scarcity for those who live there. Food production is a matter of national security worldwide, and it is good to keep in mind that Ukraine was once called the breadbasket of the USSR. Maybe it is a land grab based on geographical insecurity or maybe food production down the line, or even a smoke screen for something else entirely. But if you are curious, and can’t set aside the days to read one of the many voluminous “History of Russia” books, these can give you a little glimpse and some thought-provoking insights. And not just for Russia, but for other countries too, as the topics relate to the world at large. (And they aren’t depressing to read.)