There’s al­ways a time for a place

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IHOPE Les­lie Ged­des-brown was striv­ing for satire when she wrote ‘what we all seem to be agreed upon is that ge­og­ra­phy has no dis­cern­able pur­pose in real life’ (Spec­ta­tor, April 5). Re­ally? Robert D. Ka­plan has writ­ten an ex­cel­lent book en­ti­tled The Re­venge of Ge­og­ra­phy: What the Map tells us about Com­ing Con­flicts and the Bat­tle Against Fate. From Bib­li­cal de­scrip­tions fu­el­ing the long-stand­ing Arab-is­raeli ten­sions through T. E. Lawrence’s vain ef­forts to prevent the Euro­pean pow­ers from re­draw­ing ‘states’ su­per­im­posed on 1,000-year-old ge­o­graph­i­cal bor­ders, haven’t we learnt that not to un­der­stand ge­og­ra­phy is to re­peat history? Ne­hama Ja­cobs, Cal­i­for­nia, USA

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