1st Edition

Eurasian Corridors of Interconnection
From the South China to the Caspian Sea

ISBN 9780415857710
Published November 1, 2013 by Routledge
192 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Connectivity, as well as conflict, characterizes Eurasia. This edited volume explores dynamic geopolitical and geo-economic links reconfiguring spaces from the eastern edge of Europe through the western edge of Asia, seeking explanation beyond description. The ancient Silk Road tied together space, much as pipelines, railroads, telecommunications infrastructure, and similar cultural and constructed links ease the mobility of people and products in modern Eurasia. This book considers Eurasia along an interlinked corridor, with chapters illustrating the connections as a discussion foundation focusing on the shared interactions of a set of nation states through time and across space, generating more positive considerations of the resurgently important region of Eurasia. China’s interests fall into three chapters: the southeastern border with Vietnam, the southwestern Himalayan edge, and the western Muslim regions. Russia’s recovery relates events to a larger landmass context and focuses on the importance of historic mobility. A geo-history of the Caspian considers this petroleum-rich area as a zone of cultural and economic interconnection. The final focus on Central Asia treats the traditional heart of “Eurasia”. The concluding chapter pulls together strands linking subregions for a new concept of “Eurasia” as an area linked by vital interests and overlapping histories.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Conceptual Overview  Susan M. Walcott and Corey Johnson  2. Creating a Border Between China and Vietnam  James Adams Anderson  3. Himalayan Hinterlands: Highland Axis of Asia  Susan M. Walcott  4. Where Inner Asia Meets Outer China: the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China  Stanley W. Toops  5. Russian Repositioning: Mobilities and the Eurasian Regional Concept  Alexander C. Diener  6. Geographies of Obdurate Infrastructure in Eurasia: The Case of Natural Gas  Corey Johnson  7. Islam as a Source of Unity and Division in Eurasia  Matthew Derrick  8. Conclusion: Middle Ground  Corey Johnson and Susan M. Walcott

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Susan M. Walcott is Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Corey Johnson is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.