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The real-life answers to Italo Calvinoand#8217;s Invisible Cities, Unruly Places explores the most extraordinary, off-grid, offbeat places on the planet. Alastair Bonnettand#8217;s tour of the planetand#8217;s most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no manand#8217;s lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travelers. He connects what we see on maps to whatand#8217;s happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, multiple cities sharing the same space.

Consider Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork city of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where crossing the street can involve traversing national borders. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012 despite the fact it never existed. and#12288;

Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy.

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"Geography is destiny, sort of, according to this overwrought map exercise. Journalist Kaplan (Balkan Ghosts) unearths and updates musty Edwardian treatises on the strategic importance of the Eurasian 'Heartland' (roughly, the Soviet empire) and the surrounding 'Rimland' of Europe, the Middle East, India, and China. His survey of these regions, strewn with diverting but feckless snippets of history, cultural lore, and economics, yields a 'geographical' analysis that's mainly a jumble of empty rotational metaphors; we learn that North Korea is 'the true pivot of East Asia,' that 'India is the global pivot state of the 21st century,' that Afghanistan could become 'the hub... of Eurasia in general,' and that 'the Iranian pivot' is 'the Middle East's very own universal joint.' Disputing blithe world-is-flat neoliberalism, Kaplan's pitiless 'realism' asserts that, as in ages past, geography will spawn territorial conflict, but he has no insights into who will fight where or why, just Malthusian pessimism, banal prognostications — China's growing navy will rub against America's and India's — and vague geostrategic musings. ('Turkey,' he pronounces, '...along with Iran, has the capacity to neutralize the Arab Fertile Crescent.') The result is an unconvincing reprise of an obsolete worldview. Agent: Carl Brandt, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm, and the author of fourteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate; Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power; Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History; and Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for more than a quarter-century. In 2011 and 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”

 

From 2009 to 2011, he served under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as a member of the Defense Policy Board. Since 2008, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.

Table of Contents

and#160;and#160;and#160;INTRODUCTIONand#160;and#160;and#160; ix

and#160;and#160;and#160;Lost Spacesand#160;and#160;and#160; 1

Sandy Islandand#160;and#160;and#160; 3

Leningradand#160;and#160;and#160; 8

Arneand#160;and#160;and#160; 12

Old Meccaand#160;and#160;and#160; 15

New Mooreand#160;and#160;and#160; 20

Time Landscapeand#160;and#160;and#160; 24

The Aralqum Desertand#160;and#160;and#160; 28

and#160;and#160;and#160;Hidden Geographiesand#160;and#160;and#160; 35

The Labyrinthand#160;and#160;and#160; 37

Zheleznogorskand#160;and#160;and#160; 42

The Underground Cities of Cappadociaand#160;and#160;and#160; 46

Fox Denand#160;and#160;and#160;51

North Cemetery, Manilaand#160;and#160;and#160; 55

North Sentinel Islandand#160;and#160;and#160; 59

and#160;and#160;and#160;No Manand#8217;s Landsand#160;and#160;and#160;67

Between Border Posts (Guinea and Senegal)and#160;and#160;and#160; 69

Bir Tawiland#160;and#160;and#160; 73

Nahuateriqueand#160;and#160;and#160; 77

Twayil Abu Jarwaland#160;and#160;and#160; 82

Traffic Islandand#160;and#160;and#160; 87

and#160;and#160;and#160;Dead Citiesand#160;and#160;and#160; 93

Wittenoomand#160;and#160;and#160; 95

Kangbashiand#160;and#160;and#160; 100

Kijong-dongand#160;and#160;and#160; 104

Agand#728;damand#160;and#160;and#160; 108

Pripyatand#160;and#160;and#160; 114

The Archaeological Park of Sicilian Incompletionand#160;and#160;and#160;119

and#160;and#160;and#160;Spaces of Exceptionand#160;and#160;and#160; 125

Camp Zeistand#160;and#160;and#160; 127

Geneva Freeportand#160;and#160;and#160; 132

Bright Light, 4 Mures Street, Bucharestand#160;and#160;and#160; 136

International Airspaceand#160;and#160;and#160; 141

Gutterspaceand#160;and#160;and#160; 144

Bountifuland#160;and#160;and#160; 148

Mount Athosand#160;and#160;and#160; 153

Ranch of Sprouts: Brotas Quilomboand#160;and#160;and#160; 158

FARC-controlled Colombiaand#160;and#160;and#160; 163

Hobyoand#160;and#160;and#160; 168

and#160;and#160;and#160;Enclaves and Breakaway Nationsand#160;and#160;and#160; 175

Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertogand#160;and#160;and#160; 177

Chitmahalsand#160;and#160;and#160; 183

Sealandand#160;and#160;and#160; 188

United Kingdom of Lunda Tchokweand#160;and#160;and#160; 193

Gagauziaand#160;and#160;and#160; 198

and#160;and#160;and#160;Floating Islandsand#160;and#160;and#160; 205

Pumice and Trash Islandsand#160;and#160;and#160; 207

Nipterk P-32 Spray Ice Islandand#160;and#160;and#160; 212

The Floating Maldivesand#160;and#160;and#160; 216

The Worldand#160;and#160;and#160; 221

and#160;and#160;and#160;Ephemeral Placesand#160;and#160;and#160; 227

Hogand#8217;s Back Lay-Byand#160;and#160;and#160; 229

LAX Parking Lotand#160;and#160;and#160; 234

Nowhereand#160;and#160;and#160; 238

Staceyand#8217;s Laneand#160;and#160;and#160; 242

and#160;and#160;and#160;CONCLUSIONand#160;and#160;and#160; 247

and#160;and#160;and#160;BIBLIOGRAPHYand#160;and#160;and#160; 252

and#160;and#160;and#160;ACKNOWDLEGMENTSand#160;and#160;and#160; 253

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;INDEXand#160;and#160;and#160; 254

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400069835
Author:
Kaplan, Robert D
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Kaplan, Robert D.
Author:
Bonnett, Alastair
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Human Geography
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w section openers
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Geography is destiny, sort of, according to this overwrought map exercise. Journalist Kaplan (Balkan Ghosts) unearths and updates musty Edwardian treatises on the strategic importance of the Eurasian 'Heartland' (roughly, the Soviet empire) and the surrounding 'Rimland' of Europe, the Middle East, India, and China. His survey of these regions, strewn with diverting but feckless snippets of history, cultural lore, and economics, yields a 'geographical' analysis that's mainly a jumble of empty rotational metaphors; we learn that North Korea is 'the true pivot of East Asia,' that 'India is the global pivot state of the 21st century,' that Afghanistan could become 'the hub... of Eurasia in general,' and that 'the Iranian pivot' is 'the Middle East's very own universal joint.' Disputing blithe world-is-flat neoliberalism, Kaplan's pitiless 'realism' asserts that, as in ages past, geography will spawn territorial conflict, but he has no insights into who will fight where or why, just Malthusian pessimism, banal prognostications — China's growing navy will rub against America's and India's — and vague geostrategic musings. ('Turkey,' he pronounces, '...along with Iran, has the capacity to neutralize the Arab Fertile Crescent.') The result is an unconvincing reprise of an obsolete worldview. Agent: Carl Brandt, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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