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This book is about the role of geography and civilization in past, present, and future world politics, developed in the mid-1980s. Geographically the world has been badly served by a division into three parts: free , meaning capitalist, socialist and poor Third World : West, East and South. Left out was a Fourth World in Southeast, with China, Japan and other countries taking the world by suprise, first the Japanese economic miracle then China. There is more to come. Civilizationally the Northwest is Catholic-Protestant-secularthe Northeast Orthodox-secular, Muslim and Hindu; the Southest Daoist and Buddhist. Civilizations leave strong imprints on the worlds and their relations. One of them, Western civilization (but also Islam) sees itself with the right and duty to impose itself on others, even eliminating them. Based on this analysis and diagnosis, the book offers a view into the future, a prognosis, and proposals for a strategy away from war, toward peace. The book is intended for students and specialists in international relations as an overview seen from the world, not from one particular region
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