Eastward to Tartary, Robert Kaplan’s first book to focus on a single region since his bestselling Balkan Ghosts, introduces readers to an. Touted as the sequel to Kaplan’s Balkan Ghosts, which reportedly influenced President Clinton’s early policy thinking on the Balkans, Eastward to Tartary. Eastward to Tartary was written in the blood-letting ethnic civil war context in the former Yugoslavia. The book is described as the author’s “perspective.

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Eastward to Tartary – By Robert D. Kaplan

I look forward to this. Nov 29, David P rated it really liked it Shelves: A frequent theme in his work is the reemergence of cultural and historical tensions temporarily suspended during the Cold War. During recent talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish political leaders, it was clear that their view totally coincide with regard to the situation in the region as well as to the issues concerning the preservation of stability in the World.

I was really confused as to why Kaplan wrote place names in Turkey in Turkish but romanized Azerbaijani place names? This is the first of his books I have ever read, and it is superb. This book is well worth the read.

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Alternative terms in use taftary the “war in the Balkans”. His travels seem to have no clear purpose. As we have stated above, all those conflicts were nationalistic in character: He has sympathy for the lives of the people he meets, but not much optimism. He’s multi-lingual, knows the history of the areas he covers, and looks for the big picture in eeastward going on politically in the countries he covers.


Reading this book set me straight on that.

This is rastward decently written and structured book. The role of Turkey is also highlighted with its new “ties on security issues” with Russia.

Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus

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. Since many of the places that he visits are not the subjects of intense global hartary scrutiny, there is also a sense of discovery and much to be learned from his accounts.

Parties in conflict are making demands on the State, and are asking for a reconstitution or a reformulation of the State. Een zeer goed geschreven boek over de Balkan, Kaukasus en het Midden-Oosten aan het eind van de jaren ’90 van de afgelopen eeuw.

For example, in describing the different neighborhoods of Jerusalem eastwarr writes:. Kaplan’s title is deliberately retro.

If you are looking for a book that provides insight and context, he is a great writer to go to.

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The pessimistic observations on the political situation of the region are the same as far as the socio-economic issues are concerned. He is open to listening to many different points of view.


Budapest is very different, and Ganja is no longer even remotely “a dump. The book contains very little information on the countries he visited contrary to previous writings. Kaplan Snippet view – It is a fascinating little example likely ignored by Western observers. Jan 01, Dean Spankie rated it did not like it.

This book was written in andand leaves the reader of with the benefit of eleven years of hindsight to see how Kaplan’s predictions have played out.

It is a crucial read for anyone claiming to love history and deem it important. I’m probably best at evaluating things in the Caucasus, so: Eastward to Tartary is a fascinating taratry of places of easfward World Europe” Romania and BulgariaTurkey, Syria, Jordan and the confusing conglomeration of countries and people in the Caucasus.

May 14, Alice Handley rated it liked it. Sometimes it’s impossible to predict the future. Open Preview See a Problem?

In His book, Kaplan himself offers such as a caution when he remarks on the work of Freya Stark, a mid-century travel writer commenting on the same region: Even when elections are free and mostly fair the most highly organized parties and thus the most likely to win, eastwars the hard line religious ones.