Walls are going up. Nationalism and identity politics are on the rise once more. Over 6,000 miles of fences and barriers have been erected in the past ten years, and they are redefining our political landscape.
There are many reasons why walls go up, because we are divided in many ways: wealth, race, religion, and politics. In Europe the divisions of the past decade threaten not only European unity, but in some countries, liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party’s need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation’s future. In the USA, the rationale for the Mexican border wall runs deeper than the need to control illegal immigration; it taps into the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country during the course of this century.
Understanding what has divided us, past and present, is essential to understanding much of what’s going on in the world today. In ten chapters covering The Great Divides; China; the USA; the UK; Europe; the Middle East; India and Bangladesh; Africa; The Spaces In Between; and The Bridges Across, bestselling author Tim Marshall presents an unflinching and essential overview of the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come.
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One of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine. Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard, on Prisoners of Geography