By John Hickman
From Russia’s annexation of Crimea to China’s ‘nine-dash line’ within the South China Sea, it truly is transparent that territory is as vital in overseas politics now because it has ever been. but too few modern overseas coverage makers, newshounds, and students may be able to communicate coherently approximately territorial concerns. area Is energy: The Seven ideas of Territory demanding situations the highbrow conceits that human territoriality is in basic terms a social build, that territorial sovereignty is atavistic, that territorial annexation is often irrational, and that territorial disputes are provoked by means of international coverage makers who search to divert public awareness from extra vital concerns. house Is strength argues that territoriality is just too easy to human nature to be denied and territorial sovereignty is just too very important to the survival of the trendy kingdom to be overlooked. The truths approximately territory are captured in seven ideas, a few of that are intuitive whereas others contradict traditional knowledge. instead of expecting the transcendence of the territorial states, this booklet argues that the unmistakable path of overseas politics is towards encompassing ever extra actual house because the territory of states.
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Space Is Power: The Seven Rules of Territory by John Hickman