Prisoner Of Geography Analysis

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Prisoners of Geography: Western Europe and Russia Although technology is increasingly advancing and shaping the way our world works, the bottom line for the human geography of a region is its physical geography. Prisoners of Geography, a book written by Tim Marshall, takes this idea and further applies it to the various regions of the world. The book discusses the diverse environmental features in the world’s regions and their impacts, which can both resemble and differ from impacts in other regions. Such relationships are clearly seen with Western Europe and Russia. Western Europe and Russia are affected similarly by flatlands, because in both cases, flatlands have led to the possibility of being attacked easily. These two worlds regions are also impacted comparably regarding mountainous regions; in both, mountainous regions have created ethnic and political identity-based divides. However, Russia and Western Europe differ with regard to the impact caused by climate; in Russia, the climate makes agriculture difficult and increases the importance of other economic aspects, while in Western Europe, the climate permitted agriculture to flourish and allowed …show more content…
While the physical landscape of the world varies, commonalities and contrasts between regions can be found. The case of Russia and Western Europe is no different. The invasion-prone landscapes formed by flatlands and ethnic divisions formed by mountainous regions are characteristics shared by both; however, Russia’s climate leaves it largely unable to perform agriculture, while Western Europe’s climate lets agriculture thrive. These similarities and differences, along with others, are all clues to how our world really works, and they all point to a single orchestrator in the unique operations of mankind: the physical

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