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Preview — Na wschód do Tatarii. Podróże po Bałkanach, Bliskim Wschodzie i Kaukazie. by Robert D. Kaplan
Na wschód do Tatarii. Podróże po Bałkanach, Bliskim Wschodzie i Kaukazie.
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Apparently, the first part of this book is like a sequel 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 that.
As for "Eastward to Tartary" - despite the curiously outdated title, this book seems to be incredibly current for its time.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 1 ...more
He outlines the important historical events and the influence they have had on the modern day struggles of this region. I don’t agree with ...more
Robert 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; perhaps his pictures are either inaccurate or stereotyp ...more
that said, a few things bugged me throughout. for one, kaplan recurre ...more
If history is any guide, the Balkans natur ...more
*The Rose Revolution was relatively peaceful and non-chaotic, which didn't seem to be Kaplan's expectation of post-Shevardnadze Georgia. That said, he was of course right to r ...more
After one crosses the ...more
Tries to explain the unique nature of the Turkish-Israel cooperation in that Turkey is concerned with Arab support for the Kurds, and also with Syrian claims on Turkish lands.
Kaplan is not hopeful that the proper structures are in place in many of these places to support democracy as we know it.
Under the Ottoman empire, the "millet" system gave ...more
Incredibly interesting writing at an importa ...more
Fantastic portrait of the Balkans and beyond. Kaplan more or less does the exact route I've been wanting to do -- from eastern Europe through Turkey, Syria and several 'stans. He doesn't go all the way across Mongolia and China and Russia, but for at least the beginning, his trip mirrors my planned trip.
Of course, Kaplan's a well-respected journalist and has all sort of contacts and connections that I lack, but that's part of what makes this a great read, it's not just a travel narrative, but an...more