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rtreview org Scriptable, As with Marshall s first two books The Age of nationalism the collapse of communism and the. Walls is a brisk read divided by geographic 9 11 attacks and their aftermath These are the. region He provides an engaging context that is fault lines that will shape our world for years to. often missing from political discussion and draws on come. his real life experiences as a reporter from, We are seeing walls being built along borders. hotspots around the globe He examines how walls, everywhere Despite globalization and advances in. which Marshall calls monuments to the failure of, technology we seem to be feeling more divided. politics borders and barriers have been shaping, than ever Thousands of miles of walls and fences.
our political landscape for hundreds of years and, have gone up around the world in the twenty first. especially since 2001 and how they figure in the, century At least sixty five countries more than a. diplomatic relations and geo political events of, third of the world s nation states have built. barriers along their borders half of those erected. Contents since World War II sprang up between 2000 and. Introduction now Within a few years the European nations. i China could have more miles of walls fences and, 2 USA barriers on their borders than there were at the. 3 Israel and Palestine height of the Cold War They began by separating. 4 The Middle East, Greece and Macedonia Macedonia and Serbia.
5 The Indian Subcontinent, 6 Africa and Serbia and Hungary and as we became less. 7 Europe shocked by each stretch of barbed wire others. 8 UK followed suit Slovenia began building on the, Conclusion Croatian border the Austrians fenced off Slovenia. Acknowledgments Bibliography and Sweden put up barriers to prevent illegal. Index immigrants crossing from Denmark while Estonia. Excerpt The border wall between Israel and the Latvia and Lithuania have all started on defensive. West Bank is among the most forbidding and fortifications on their borders with Russia. hostile in the world Viewed from up close, whichever side you find yourself on it rears up Europe is certainly not alone The UAE has built a. from the ground overwhelming and dominating fence along its border with Oman Kuwait likewise. you Faced by this blank expanse of steel and with Iraq Iraq and Iran maintain a physical divide. concrete you are dwarfed not only by its size but as do Iran and Pakistan all 435 miles of it In. by what it represents You are on one side they Central Asia Uzbekistan despite being landlocked. are on the other has closed itself off from its five neighbors. Afghanistan Tajikistan Kazakhstan Turkmenistan, Thirty years ago a wall came down ushering in and Kyrgyzstan The border with Tajikistan is even. what looked like a new era of openness and mined And on the story goes through the barriers. internationalism In 1987 President Ronald Reagan separating Brunei and Malaysia Malaysia and. went to the Brandenburg Gate in divided Berlin Thailand Pakistan and India India and. and called out to his opposite number in the Soviet Bangladesh China and North Korea North and. Union Mr Gorbachev tear down this wall Two South Korea and so on around the world. years later it fell Berlin Germany and then, Europe were united once more In those heady We erect walls for many reasons because we are.
times some intellectuals predicted an end of divided in many ways in wealth race religion. history However history does not end and politics Sometimes divisions lead to violence. and walls are erected to protect or defend, In recent years the cry Tear down this wall is Sometimes walls go up to keep certain people out. losing the argument against fortress mentality It Sometimes physical walls don t go up at all but we. is struggling to be heard unable to compete with still feel the separation it s in our minds These. the frightening heights of mass migration the invisible barriers are often just as effective. backlash against globalization the resurgence of, 2 Page original source or. rtreview org, rtreview org Scriptable, These walls tell us much about international politics Middle East humans started farming Instead of. but the anxieties they represent transcend the roaming far and wide to find food or graze. nation state boundaries on which they sit The livestock they plowed the fields and waited for the. primary purpose of the walls appearing throughout results Suddenly in the context of evolution more. Europe is to stop the wave of migrants but they and more of us needed to build barriers walls and. also say much about wider divisions and instability roofs to house ourselves and our livestock fences to. in the structure of the European Union and within its mark our territory fortresses to retreat to if the. member nations President Trump s proposed wall territory was overrun and guards to protect the. along the US Mexico border is intended to stem the new system The Age of Walls was upon us and has. flow of migrants from the south but it also taps into long gripped our imagination ever since We still. a wider fear many of its supporters feel about tell each other tales of the walls of Troy Jericho. changing demographics Babylon Great Zimbabwe Constantinople and of. the Great Wall of China Hadrian s Wall the Inca, Division shapes politics at every level the. Walls in Peru and many others On and on they, personal local national and international It s.
stretch through time region and culture to the, essential to be aware of what has divided us and. present but now they are electrified topped with, what continues to do so in order to understand. searchlights and CCTV, what s going on in the world today. These physical divisions are mirrored by those in, Picture the beginning of Stanley Kubrick s 1968 sci. the mind the great ideas that have guided our, fi masterpiece 2001 A Space Odyssey the.
civilizations and given us identity and a sense of. sequence titled The Dawn of Man On the African, belonging such as the Great Schism of. savanna in the prehistoric era a small tribe of, Christianity the split of Islam into Sunni and Shia. proto man apes are drinking peacefully at a, and in more recent history the titanic battles. watering hole when another tribe turns up The, between communism fascism and democracy. individuals are quite happy to share with their own. group but not with this new other tribe A The title of Thomas Friedman s 2005 book The. shrieking match ensues in which the new group World Is Flat was based on the belief that. succeeds in taking over the watering hole forcing globalization would inevitably bring us closer. the others to retreat At this point if the newcomers together It has done that but it has also inspired us. had had the nous to make a few bricks and mix to build barriers When faced with perceived. some cement they could have walled off their new threats the financial crisis terrorism violent. possession and guarded it But given that this is set conflict refugees and immigration the increasing. a few million years ago they have to fight it out gap between rich and poor people cling more. again when the first tribe returns some days later tightly to their groups The cofounder of Facebook. having boned up on warfare to reclaim its Mark Zuckerberg believed social media would. territory unite us In some respects it has but it has. simultaneously given voice and organizational, Grouping into tribes feeling alarmed by a lot of.
ability to new cyber tribes some of whom spend, outsiders or responding to perceived threats are. their time spewing invective and division across the. very human things to do We form ties that are, World Wide Web There seem now to be as many. important for survival but also for social cohesion. tribes and as much conflict between them as there, We develop a group identity and this often leads. have ever been The question we face today is, to conflict with others Our groups are competing. What form do our modern tribes take Do we, for resources but with an element of identity.
define ourselves by class by race by religion by, conflict also a narrative of us and them. nationality And is it possible for these tribes to. In the early history of mankind we were hunter coexist in a world where the concept of us and. gatherers we had not settled or acquired them remains. permanent fixed resources that others might covet, It all comes down to this us and them concept and. Then in parts of what we now call Turkey and the, the walls we build in our minds Sometimes the. 3 Page original source or, rtreview org, rtreview org Scriptable. other has a different language or skin color a exacerbated race relations in the Land of the Free. different religion or other set of beliefs One but has also revealed a hitherto unrivaled split. example of this came up recently when I was in between Republicans and Democrats who are. London with a group of thirty leading young more opposed than ever before. journalists from around the world whom I was, It sometimes seems as if it s easier to divide than.
helping to train I d mentioned the Iran Iraq War in. unite For example the myriad complexities of how, which up to i million Iranians had died and had. to put Korea back together were brought into focus. used the possibly clumsy phrase Muslims killing, by the sketchy agreement between the North and. Muslims A young Egyptian journalist jumped from, South on denuclearization in the spring of 2018. his chair and shouted that he could not allow me to. There were vague murmurings of eventual, say this I pointed out the statistics from that terrible. reunification included in the Panmunjom, war and he replied Yes but the Iranians are not.
Declaration for Peace Prosperity and Unification, of the Korean Peninsula These were in the spirit of. The penny dropped along with my heart The the declaration but the realities of geopolitics soon. majority of Iranians are Shia so I asked him Are kicked in There are five players in this game and. you saying that the Shia are not Muslims each has a different view of the future. Yes The Shia are not Muslims The USA s imperative is to prevent North Korea. from being able to reach it with a nuclear weapon, Such divisions do not come down to competition for. However maintaining a military presence in South, resources but rather to a claim that what you think. Korea is also important to counter China s growing. is the only truth and those with differing views are. naval power in the Yellow Sea and elsewhere This, lesser people With such certainty of superiority. latter point does not fit with Chinese strategy nor. the walls quickly go up If you introduce competition. with North Korea s ideas about dominating the, for resources they go up higher We seem to be in.
peninsula and this of course runs counter to South. that place now, Korea s interests Meanwhile the Japanese who. For the purpose of this book I use walls as host their own US military bases would be alarmed. shorthand for barriers fences and divisions in all at the prospect of a unified Korea especially one. their variety We do look at physical walls in each under Chinese influence as it views the peninsula as. chapter most of which involve bricks and mortar or a buffer between it and China. concrete and wire but those walls are the what, These complexities serve as a reminder when we. of division not the why and they are just the, look at the partitions walls and divides in this book. beginning of the story, as to why it is so hard to overcome them at the. I haven t been able to cover every divided region political level. Instead I have focused on those that best illustrate. The divisions between Israel and Palestine are well. the challenges of identity in a globalized world the. established but with so many further subdivisions, effects of migration the USA Europe the Indian.
within each population it is almost impossible to try. subcontinent nationalism as a force for both unity. to agree upon a solution Religious and ethnic, and division China the UK Africa and the. divisions also spark violence across the Middle East. intersections of religion and politics Israel the, highlighting the key struggle between Shia and. Middle East, Sunni Muslims each incident is the result of. In China we see a strong nation state with a complex factors but much of it comes down to. number of divisions within its borders such as religion especially the regional rivalry between. regional unrest and wealth disparity that pose a Saudi Arabia and Iran On the Indian subcontinent. risk to national unity threatening economic progress population movements now and in the coming. and power thus the government must exert control years reveal the plight of those fleeing religious. over the Chinese people The USA is also divided persecution as well as that of the many economic. for different reasons the era of Trump has and climate refugees. 4 Page original source or, rtreview org, rtreview org Scriptable. In Africa the borders left behind by colonialism are diplomatic not ideological These passages were. proving difficult to reconcile with tribal identities an attempt to demonstrate to audiences at home. that remain strong Across Europe the very concept and abroad that the diverse inhabitants of the. Identity Crisis The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America by John Sides Michael Tesler and Lynn Vavreck Princeton University Press 9780691174198 Them Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal by Ben Sasse St Martin s Press 9781250193681 Vietnam An Epic Tragedy 1945 1915 by Max Hastings Harper 9780062405661 Research Handbook on Contemporary

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