Eastward to Tartary

Eastward to Tartary

by Robert D. Kaplan


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Eastward to Tartary by Robert D. Kaplan

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 future.

Kaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the heart 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. 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 come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375705762
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2001
Series: Vintage Departures Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,304,857
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine has twice named him one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

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Table of Contents

Author's Notexiii
Part IThe Balkans
1.Rudolf Fischer, Cosmopolitan3
2.Heading East12
3.The Widening Chasm18
4.Third World Europe29
5.Balkan Realists39
6.Pivot State49
7."Civilizational Choice"58
8.Wrestlers Versus Democrats68
9.The Legacy of Orthodoxy78
10."To the City"85
Part IITurkey and Greater Syria
11.The "Deep State"93
12.The "Corpse in Armour"104
13.The New Caliphate115
14.The Sacred and the Profane126
15.The Corporate Satellite147
16.The Caravan State170
17.Crossing the Jordan184
18.Sepphoris and the Renewal of Judaism195
19.Throbbing Heart of the Middle East201
Part IIIThe Caucasus and Tartary
20.To Turkey's Northeastern Border213
21.Stalin's Beautiful Homeland220
22.Fossil Nations243
23.From Tbilisi to Baku256
24.Imperial Collisions265
25.By Boat to Tartary282
26.New Khanates286
27.A Herodotean Landscape303
Epilogue: Hayastan
28Earth, Fire, Water311

What People are Saying About This

Jane Fletcher Geniesse

Writing in the glorious tradition of great Western travelers to the East in the last 150 years, Robert Kaplan belongs in the company of giants like Sir Richard Burton, Charles Montagu Doughty, and Dame Freya Stark. He is a national resource. Traveler, political observer, historian, modern-day Marco Polo, he reports with a novelist's flair on the Gordian knots of the future.
—author of Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark

David Landes

Kaplan is one of the two or three top travel writers of our day. He chooses important places (not merely pretty); he studies up on history, geography, and societies; and he tells wonderful stories about people. I'm a great believer in the power of anecdote, and Kaplan is a master of anecdote—not simply to entertain but to instruct. Even when I disagree, I come away wiser.
—author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

From the Publisher

"Erudite and intrepid... [Kaplan] is a deft guide to wherever he chooses to lead you."
The New York Times Book Review

"Packed with provocative insights."
Washington Monthly

"A graceful writer... Providing historical (and cultural and religious) context is what Kaplan does best."
Los Angeles Times

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Eastward to Tartary 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
curiousblue on LibraryThing 5 days ago
One of the best reads I've had i a while, and I've had some good ones. This book has really changed my thinking about many things: the downside when tyrannical empires end (Kaplan looks hard at the Soviet Union), the strange bedfellows of frontier politics (Israeli and Iranian oilmen in Central Asia), the role of the West, if any, in stabilizing the Balkans, the Near East, and Central Asia before it's too late (Iraq, maybe?), and the frequency with which good intentions cause horrific catastrophe, while bad intentions sometimes bring about a great gift to a neglected part of the world. I guess I'm not an anarchist any more, but if I was, Kaplan's work could have talked me out of it.
benjaminorbach on LibraryThing 5 days ago
a great regional comparison of police states and dictatorships, then and now.
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