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Zones of conflict : an atlas of future wars
Keegan, John, 1934-2012.
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London : Cape, 1986.
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176 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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John Keegan, May 15, 1934 - August 2, 2012 John Keegan was born in London, England on May 15, 1934. He received a degree in history from Balliol College, Oxford in 1953. After graduation, he went to the United States on a grant to study the Civil War. When he returned to London, he wrote political reports for the United States Embassy and in 1960 was appointed as a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England, a post he held for 25 years. During this time he also held visiting professorships at Princeton University and Vassar College. In 1997, he began working for the Daily Telegraph as a defense correspondent and then military affairs editor. He also contributed to the American website National Review Online.

During his lifetime, he wrote more than 20 books about military history, the majority of which focus on warfare from the 14th to the 21st centuries. His works included Barbarossa: Invasion of Russia, The Face of Battle, A History of Warfare, Who Was Who in World War II, The Second World War, The American Civil War, The Mask of Command, and The Iraq War. He was knighted in 2000. He died on August 2, 2012 at age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The governing word in the above title is future. The two British authors have selected 28 political hot spots around the world where armed conflict has already taken place (e.g., the Falkland Islands), is now going on (Iran/Iraq), or is likely to erupt in the near future (North and South Korea). The major part of the text appears to be in the third category. The 28 areas are arranged by continent, and within each continent by geographical contiguity, rather than by alphabet. There is no index at the end, nor is there a bibliography. Each of the areas of actual or potential conflict is accompanied by a two-color map spread over a page and a half, with a side box accompanying each, summarizing the present situation and speculating on the future. The text itself allocates three or four pages to each area. There is a brief summary of the historical background, an analysis of the current potential for conflict, and the effect of such conflict on other countries. These analyses are well done and present an accurate picture of the immediate past and the present, with some predictions for the military future. The twenty-eighth chapter is entitled ``War in Space.'' Finally there are two unnumbered chapters, ``Economic and Military Dimensions'' and ``Geographic Constants,'' which deal with worldwide problems. Because of the similarity of title and content, comparison with another recently published work, the Atlas of Global Strategy (reviewed in RBB, April 1, 1986), is inevitable. However, the differences outweigh the similarities. The Atlas' scope is the entire world, and the topics it treats are broad subjects, such as ``Changing Patterns of Warfare'' and ``The Nuclear Arms Race.'' On the other hand, Zones of Conflict, by its very title, is concerned primarily with specific geopolitically sensitive areas, rather than the total global picture. The two books therefore complement, rather than duplicate, each other, though inevitably there is some reiteration of historical facts and dates in each. Zones of Conflict will be especially useful in public and academic libraries, or wherever there is an interest in world events. Its maps and its references to specific areas of present or future trouble would indicate a strong reference value, though the book can also be taken as an adult reading text on the state of our troubled world.