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  • 15 July 2020
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Robert D. Kaplan ñ 1 REVIEW

REVIEW Ô Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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. 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 fascinating Kaplan is an astute commentator who looks IMO for the truly telling things Most interesting to me were how clearly the history of these places shows in their current culture and situation It is apparently very clear to see where Russia left off and the Ottoman Empire began There is a dramatic difference between Budapest and Bucharest It was interesting to see how different Bulgaria is from Rumania And most interesting I think was the fact that the area east of the Caspian Turkmenistan is desert and has a great deal of oil It is has glitzy hotels and for foreigners with oil interests including Iranians and Israelis There is everywhere globalization taking place in the form of cheap plastic goods for sale Political boundaries do not follow the loyalties of clan The governments are tyrannical but the prospect of a tyrant is less frightening than the prospect of anarchy This area is of great international significance and is not I think very well known I highly recommend this book The Bread Baker's Apprentice Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread great deal of oil It is has Wizard for Hire The Dresden Files #1 3 glitzy hotels and for foreigners with oil interests including Iranians and Israelis There is everywhere Shot on Gold globalization taking place in the form of cheap plastic I Am Jane Goodall governments are tyrannical but the prospect of a tyrant is less frightening than the prospect of anarchy This area is of Shall We Tell the President? great international significance and is not I think very well known I highly recommend this book

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REVIEW Ô Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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. Back in the late 70 s and early 80 s I used to read newspaper articles by this same author when he was an Athens based young freelancer freuently published in the Toronto Globe and Mail which I read religiously Covering the Middle East Near East and the Balkans he seemed to me to be the best reporter covering the area at the time Judging by this book published about 20 years later he just kept getting better and better He s multi lingual knows the history of the areas he covers and looks for the big picture in what s going on politically in the countries he covers Considering that he s spent a lot of time covering wars the Balkans Afghanistan Ira the Caucasus etc it s also a considerable advantage that he served in the Israeli Army and knows something of military affairs at first hand I don t uite get this business of serving in another country s army while still being a US citizen but that s one of the uirks of our relationship with Israel He s also extraordinarily prolific having written 13 books and countless articles while spending considerable time on the lecture circuit and even serving a stint starting in 2009 on the Defense Policy Board a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense Today he works for a Washington DC based think tank focused mainly on security issuesThis is the first of his books I have ever read and it is superb If you want a very fast broad brush introduction to the history and current politics of the countries covered in this book embedded in a travelogue kind of format this is the book to read He travels by bus taxi and rental car through most of the countries that once made up the Ottoman Empire Hungary Rumania Bulgaria Turkey Syria Jordan Lebanon Israel Georgia South Ossetia Azerbaijan Turkmenistan Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh essentially in one trip though Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are tacked on in a separate trip shortly thereafter I can almost guarantee you that if you have any touch of wanderlust at all and any interest in the history and politics of the region this book will inspire you to want to hit the road to some of these places in the very near future It may also persuade you to give a wide berth to some of them such as Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan This is an unusual kind of travel book but you would be hard put to find a better one of its kindIf I could summarize some of the themes of this book I would say the following This part of the world is a hodge podge of intermixed ethnic and religious groups with a long history of hatreds freuently spilling into armed conflict For now things have settled down considerably after working through a lot of the redrawing of borders and the mass migrations often forced migrations caused by the 20th century collapse of multiple empires the Ottoman and Austro Hungarian empires in World War I the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe in 1989 and then the Soviet Union itself in 1991 But the situation is still unstable because populations continue to be mixed eg Syria Lebanon Turkey and governments are generally weak because of immature democracies or over ripe autocracies The particular form of capitalism unleashed in the former Communist states is the worst form of capitalism ever devised consisting of a blend of kleptocracy and crony capitalism In effect government in such countries becomes essentially a form of organized crime Some of the worst examples of this are those countries cursed with oil Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan In these places government consists of an armed battle over the spoils Almost all of those spoils will go to foreigners and foreign corporations or to a small number of members of the local elite Islam is often a barrier to economic development but not inevitably In Turkey for instance it is the Islamist party that is the modernizing force and it is the secular old elite centered in the armed forces that has been the reactionary force holding back modernization Postscript from five years later in 2016 looking at Turkey now I am not nearly so sanguine about the modernizing role of the Islamist party the AKP which has been in power since about 2002 President Erdogan has taken a hard turn towards authoritarianism and towards nationalist exploitation of ethnic divisions with Turkish Kurds in order to reinforce his hold on his country After so many years in power he is decidedly no longer the modernizer he once seemed to be All in all I highly recommend this book Seinlanguage going on politically in the countries he covers Considering that he s spent a lot of time covering wars the Balkans Afghanistan Ira the Caucasus etc it s also a considerable advantage that he served in the Israeli Army and knows something of military affairs at first hand I don t uite Lost and Fondue A Cheese Shop Mystery #2 get this business of serving in another country s army while still being a US citizen but that s one of the uirks of our relationship with Israel He s also extraordinarily prolific having written 13 books and countless articles while spending considerable time on the lecture circuit and even serving a stint starting in 2009 on the Defense Policy Board a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense Today he works for a Washington DC based think tank focused mainly on security issuesThis is the first of his books I have ever read and it is superb If you want a very fast broad brush introduction to the history and current politics of the countries covered in this book embedded in a travelogue kind of format this is the book to read He travels by bus taxi and rental car through most of the countries that once made up the Ottoman Empire Hungary Rumania Bulgaria Turkey Syria Jordan Lebanon Israel Georgia South Ossetia Azerbaijan Turkmenistan Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh essentially in one trip though Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are tacked on in a separate trip shortly thereafter I can almost Who Were the Wright Brothers? guarantee you that if you have any touch of wanderlust at all and any interest in the history and politics of the region this book will inspire you to want to hit the road to some of these places in the very near future It may also persuade you to The Expat Diaries give a wide berth to some of them such as Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan This is an unusual kind of travel book but you would be hard put to find a better one of its kindIf I could summarize some of the themes of this book I would say the following This part of the world is a hodge podge of intermixed ethnic and religious The Hired Man groups with a long history of hatreds freuently spilling into armed conflict For now things have settled down considerably after working through a lot of the redrawing of borders and the mass migrations often forced migrations caused by the 20th century collapse of multiple empires the Ottoman and Austro Hungarian empires in World War I the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe in 1989 and then the Soviet Union itself in 1991 But the situation is still unstable because populations continue to be mixed eg Syria Lebanon Turkey and Death of a Ghost governments are Gods and Generals government in such countries becomes essentially a form of organized crime Some of the worst examples of this are those countries cursed with oil Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan In these places Perfect Ponies 3 in 1 Keeping Faith Last Hope Sweet Charity PERFECT PONIES government consists of an armed battle over the spoils Almost all of those spoils will

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REVIEW Ô Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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. Crossposted to 238 books in 238 days Apparently the first part of this book is like a seuel to Kaplan s Balkan Ghosts A Journey Through History I d just like to mention that I haven t read that and didn t know anything about its significance until I read about it in other reviews and therefore I can t offer an opinion on thatAs for Eastward to Tartary despite the curiously outdated title this book seems to be incredibly current for its time It is interesting to read this 13 years later as Kaplan offers a lot of predictions on what is going to happen to the regions he visits in the near future A lot of those have come true and since other reviewers have said that this is also true for Balkan Ghosts I am inclined to look at Kaplan s other writingsKaplan s destinations are extremely exciting he starts out from Budapest and travels through Romania and Bulgaria to Turkey then moves on to Syria Lebanon and Israel before returning to Turkey and continuing his journey through Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan and TurkmenistanThe author does a great job of outlining the most important historical events and describing their influences on modern day political struggles From the things he explains and the things he doesn t it is obvious that he writes for an American audience but that way I also learned something about US politics through looking things up so I don t mind His view on international politics is also greatly influenced by his apparent belief in super powers and as this is my first encounter with an author who openly judges the fate of smaller states considering their relationships with big ones it was very thought provoking I m not sure I would agree with all of his opinions and I certainly sometimes wished that he could just shut up about the oil and other natural reserves but as his writing is never offensive or aggressive I think it was a good introduction to another way of thinkingThere is one thing you have to know before reading this book though it is classed as travel literature and Kaplan does go on an journey and meets people but all of that doesn t make a travel writer It makes for great non fiction reading about politics complete with some day to day examples of common folk What I love about travel writing is the anecdotal way of storytelling the beautiful language that brings a different culture to life before my eyes and makes me feel as though I am living this experience as well What I love about travel writing is that it makes me want to go on that journey myself And I certainly want to see all the countries Kaplan has visited But I have already wished that before reading this book and despite being an excellent provider of much needed background information it has not influenced my wishes in either way World Without End going to happen to the regions he visits in the near future A lot of those have come true and since other reviewers have said that this is also true for Balkan Ghosts I am inclined to look at Kaplan s other writingsKaplan s destinations are extremely exciting he starts out from Budapest and travels through Romania and Bulgaria to Turkey then moves on to Syria Lebanon and Israel before returning to Turkey and continuing his journey through Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan and TurkmenistanThe author does a Bone Crossed great job of outlining the most important historical events and describing their influences on modern day political struggles From the things he explains and the things he doesn t it is obvious that he writes for an American audience but that way I also learned something about US politics through looking things up so I don t mind His view on international politics is also Annie's War greatly influenced by his apparent belief in super powers and as this is my first encounter with an author who openly judges the fate of smaller states considering their relationships with big ones it was very thought provoking I m not sure I would agree with all of his opinions and I certainly sometimes wished that he could just shut up about the oil and other natural reserves but as his writing is never offensive or aggressive I think it was a The Bread Baker's Apprentice Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread good introduction to another way of thinkingThere is one thing you have to know before reading this book though it is classed as travel literature and Kaplan does Wizard for Hire The Dresden Files #1 3 go on an journey and meets people but all of that doesn t make a travel writer It makes for Shot on Gold great non fiction reading about politics complete with some day to day examples of common folk What I love about travel writing is the anecdotal way of storytelling the beautiful language that brings a different culture to life before my eyes and makes me feel as though I am living this experience as well What I love about travel writing is that it makes me want to


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    PDF READ Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus Back in the late 70's and early 80's I used to read newspaper articles by this same author when he was an Athens based young freelanc

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    PDF READ Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus FREE READ ☆ SJMEDIA.CO ñ Robert D. Kaplan 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 Turk

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    Robert D. Kaplan ñ 1 REVIEW FREE READ ☆ SJMEDIA.CO ñ Robert D. Kaplan REVIEW Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus Robert Kaplan is a bit like a modern Richard Burton or Ibn Battuta figure and has written a number of books in which he sets out on journeys across various regions of the world while recording his observations These books are always

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    FREE READ ☆ SJMEDIA.CO ñ Robert D. Kaplan Robert D. Kaplan ñ 1 REVIEW REVIEW Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus Crossposted to 238 books in 238 days Apparently the first part of this book is like a seuel to Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts A Journey Through History I'd just like to mention that I haven't read that and didn't know anything about its significance u

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    Robert D. Kaplan ñ 1 REVIEW FREE READ ☆ SJMEDIA.CO ñ Robert D. Kaplan REVIEW Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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; p

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    FREE READ ☆ SJMEDIA.CO ñ Robert D. Kaplan Robert D. Kaplan ñ 1 REVIEW REVIEW Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus All the time I have lived in and contemplated Romania and the Balkans I have assumed that they were a periphery to Western Europe This book made me realize this is misguided Historically the Balkans and Romania are peripheral to constantinople and then Istambul With exception of 200 or so years under Roman rule from Rome This came a

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    REVIEW Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus PDF READ 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” E

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    PDF READ Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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

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    Robert D. Kaplan ñ 1 REVIEW FREE READ ☆ SJMEDIA.CO ñ Robert D. Kaplan REVIEW Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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 Hungary Romania Bulgaria Turkey Syria Lebanon Israel and then continuing through Georgia Armenia Azerbaijan and TurkmenistanHe outlines the important historical events and the influence th

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    PDF READ Eastward To Tartary Travels In The Balkans The Middle East And The Caucasus 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 ends up reading like an extended article in The Economist or what I imagine The

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