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Carving Up the Globe: An Atlas of Diplomacy

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Where do you draw the line? In the context of geopolitics, much hinges on the answer to that question. For thousands of years, it has been the work of diplomats to draw the lines in ways that were most advantageous to their leaders, fellow citizens, and sometimes themselves. Carving Up the Globe offers vivid documentation of their handiwork. With hundreds of full-color maps and other images, this atlas illustrates treaties that have determined the political fates of millions. In rich detail, it chronicles everything from ancient Egyptian and Hittite accords to the first Sino–Tibetan peace in 783 CE, the Sykes–Picot Agreement of 1916, and the 2014 Minsk Protocol looming over the war in Ukraine.

But there is more here than shifting territorial frontiers. Throughout history, diplomats have also drawn boundaries around valuable resources and used treaties to empower, liberate, and constrain. Carving Up the Globe encompasses these agreements, too, across land, sea, and air. Missile and nuclear pacts, environmental treaties, chemical weapons conventions, and economic deals are all carefully rendered.

Led by Malise Ruthven, a team of experts provides lively historical commentary, which—together with finely crafted visuals—conjures the ceaseless ambition of princes and politicians. Whether they sought the glory and riches of empire or pursued hegemony, security, stability, and GDP within the modern international system, their efforts culminated in lines on a map—and the enormous real-life consequences those lines represent and enforce.

Category:
Humanities
Cover:
Hardback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9780674976245
Pages:
256
Author:
Ruthven Malise
Publisher:
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Release Year:
2018

Malise Ruthven is a former editor with the BBC Arabic Service and World Service in London and is the author of Islam in the World and Islam: A Very Short Introduction.

  • Introduction
  • Treaties and Agreements by Date
  • 2550–334 BCE
  • Thirty Years’ Peace 445 BCE
  • The World in 1 CE
    • 320 BCE–313 CE
    • 363–716
    • 783-843
    • 855–1018
  • The World in 1000 CE
    • 1033–1143
    • 1151–1204
    • 1212–1234
    • 1236–1266
    • 1266–1305
    • 1305–1355
    • 1358–1373
    • 1379–1412
  • The World in 1400
    • 1417–1444
    • 1454–1474
    • 1478–1485
    • Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494
    • 1488–1499
    • 1500–1526
    • 1526–1543
    • 1544–1556
    • 1557–1566
    • 1568–1579
    • 1579–1598
    • 1601–1616
    • 1617–1623
    • 1624–1630
    • 1631–1645
    • Treaty of Westphalia, 1648
    • 1647–1656
    • 1656–1658
    • 1659–1670
    • 1670–1689
    • 1691–1701
    • 1703–1713
    • Treaties of Utrecht, 1713–1714
    • 1713–1721
    • 1725–1739
    • 1739–1745
    • 1746–1762
    • 1763–1772
    • 1774–1779
    • 1780–1784
    • 1784–1789
    • 1789–1795
    • 1795–1796
    • 1796–1802
  • The World in 1800
    • 1802–1804
    • 1805–1808
    • 1809–1813
    • 1813–1815
    • Congress of Vienna, 1815
    • 1815–1822
    • 1823–1828
    • 1828–1831
    • 1832–1838
    • 1839–1842
    • 1843–1850
    • 1850–1855
    • 1855–1858
    • 1858–1862
    • 1863–1868
    • Treaty of Bern, 1874
    • 1871–1875
    • 1875–1879
    • 1881–1883
    • The Berlin Conference, 1885
    • 1883–1890
    • Convention of Calcutta, 1890
    • British Gulf Treaties, 1900
    • 1891–1898
    • 1899–1900
  • The World in 1900
    • 1900–1903
    • 1903–1907
    • 1909–1915
    • The Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916
    • 1916–1918
    • Treaty of Versailles, 1919
    • 1918–1919
    • 1919–1920
    • 1920–1921
    • 1921–1927
    • 1928–1935
    • 1935–1939
    • London Protocol, 1944
    • International Civil Aviation, 1944–1947
    • 1940–1945
    • 1945–1949
    • 1949–1952
    • 1952–1955
    • 1955–1958
    • 1960–1961
    • 1961–1963
    • 1965–1970
    • 1970–1972
    • 1972–1973
    • 1973–1979
    • 1980–1985
    • 1985–1989
    • 1989–1991
    • 1991–1994
    • 1994–1998
    • 1998–2001
  • The World in 2000
    • 2001–2005
    • 2005–2008
    • 2010–2017
  • Glossary of Diplomatic Terms
  • Further Reading
  • Map List
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
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