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New book published by Reaktion

Reviews

a comprehensible, lively, and biting account of the causes of this deeply complex event and Trump’s role in it. It is essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of American democracy.
Ronald H. Fritze, author of Hope and Fear: Modern Myths, Conspiracy Theories and Pseudo-History

Thoughtful study of the polarisation in the United States that led to the attack on Congress.
The Independent 
It is written in an entertaining manner which means that it should appeal to a wider audience than many political, academic books might…. an insightful read… this is a well-written, engaging book about a time that all of us should be trying our hardest to understand.
Bookmunch

The author explores the deep flaws in US democracy that spawned the Trumpian virus in a swamp of racial and demographic division and resurgent ethno-nationalism, but also the peculiar ego of the individual who has exploited them.... offers a searing analysis of the long and short-term factors that put a demagogue in the White House and culminated in a near fatal challenge to US democracy.
Morning Star

This highly readable study will appeal to anyone seeking to make sense of the uprising that forever changed modern American politics. A concise and incisive look at a democracy in peril.
Kirkus Review



 New textbook published by Oxford University Press


New book of my urban writings 


My book on geopolitics

Reviews

It is the rare book about world politics that combines a comprehensive theoretical discussion with a detailed exploration of the events and crises that are central to it. That this book does so using an original world-regional approach to organizing its information is not just an added bonus but makes this volume one simply without peer
John Agnew, UCLA
John Rennie Short has written a profound and well-illustrated introduction to the key concepts, themes, and contextual-regional issues in geopolitics. He explains not only the past key debates and classical regional concerns of geopolitics but also contemporary approaches and issues, opening perspectives that go beyond traditional state-centric territorial approaches. The book culminates in a discussion on such highly topical present-day global problems as climate change, pandemics, and the emerging hotspots and related challenges in geopolitics. This well-written and very accessible text is a rich resource that can be highly recommended to undergraduate courses in political geography, geopolitics, and political science.
Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu, Finland

This engaging, accessible, informative book offers telling insights into the geopolitical dynamics that have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary world. Charting a course between classical geopolitics and contemporary critical approaches, Short has put together a geopolitical tour du monde that is rich in both empirical detail and conceptual insight.
Alexander Murphy, University of Oregon

Also available online from Cambridge University Press.

Also available online from Cambridge University Press.

Reviews

A highly significant work not only for cartographic studies but also for historians of nationalism. Properly wide-ranging and clearly argued, this important work deserves much attention.
Jeremy Black, author of Maps and History

This compelling new history shows how nations used the power of maps to advance their interests. Short’s wide-ranging survey spans the globe in an era of rising and falling empires, global warfare, and expanding economies. It reveals how modernizing states pictured themselves to the world with cartography.  
Max Edelson, University of Virginia

The book is an engaging discussion of the history and the histories of national atlases around the world. By using abundant visual material, the author delivers a cartographic tour-de-force to point out connections between nation-state, territory, and maps in the twentieth century. 
John Seemann, Ball State University

Short (Univ. of Maryland) explores how various aspects of national atlases—from the classic representation of physical space to the more recent theme of biopolitics—help show what the governing bodies of those nations felt was important about their citizens. His discussions of the significant roles that atlases play in nations' identities and what national atlases show about the state of the world at particular historical moments are especially interesting. It makes effective use of illustrations to explain various aspects of national atlases and is overall logically organized and readable. An excellent introduction to national atlases and their place in history. Highly recommended.
Choice

In this path-breaking, clearly written and altogether delightful read, John Rennie Short utilizes a critical-theory approach to address the production and content of national atlases as instruments of statecraft—interrogating ‘connections between nation-state, science, territory and power’.[…] With this account, which is at times perhaps too breezy and informal but always engaging, Short provides what I personally hope will become a provocative statement on national atlases.
Imago Mundi
The book clearly delivers a review of how cartography has been used to show how states see themselves in the world. Maps, charts, and figures have been used to make comprehensible truly vast amounts of societal data—data that is ever more detailed and expanding. The author, to his credit, does an excellent job in reviewing the effectiveness of the presentation of data via these techniques.
The Portolan

 

 Stress Testing The USA (2nd ed) Palgrave Macmillan.

Stress tests highlight a system’s weak spots. This second edition provides a stress testing of the United States by exploring in detail the background to the disasters of the War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina, the financial crisis, the Gulf oil spill and the COVID-19 epidemic. These major stresses―the country’s longest war, its biggest natural disaster, its biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression, its biggest oil spill and its worst pandemic since the influenza pandemic of 1918―tell us much about structural flaws in the United States. This book explores each of these events in detail to locate the seed of the disasters, and highlights what we have learned and not learned from these stress tests.



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