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Mankind's Great Divides

Mankind's Great Divides

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In this ground-breaking new book, George R Mitchell travels around some of the most divided and war-torn countries on the planet. From Israel and Palestine to as close to home as Belfast, unrecognised and invalidated Nagorno-Karabakh in the Caucasus to Russia and the borders of the EU, George has spent three years gathering photographs, firsthand accounts of war and despair and interviews with the people of these countries to provide a precious insight into what it’s really like to live on one of Mankind’s Great Divides.

Title Mankind's Great Divides
Author George R Mitchell
ISBN 9781910745779
eISBN 9781910324936
Binding Paperback
Author Bio

GEORGE R MITCHELL was born in Aberdeen and currently writes narrative travel columns for DC Thomson publishers. He doesn’t do tourism – he travels what he calls ‘off-grid’, getting under the skin of a country, its culture and its people. To date he has travelled extensively in around 80 countries. His most annoyingly wonderful, frustrating and fascinating country to be in, is Russia.

Mankind’s Great Divides is his first non-fiction book.

Back Cover Text

Is it Israeli 'aggression' or Palestinian 'terrorism'? Was Kiev's Maidan revolution made by innocent pro-democracy protesters or right-wing fascists? Were armed groups in Northern Ireland 'terrorists' or 'freedom fighters'? Is Crimea Ukrainian or Russian? Those we have seen streaming into the EU and using the open borders of Schengen to go where they please, are they refugees or illegal migrants?

Rarely are such issues simply black or white.

George R Mitchell goes off grid in some of the most divided countries on the planet. From Israel and Palestine to Belfast, unrecognised and invalidated Nagorno-Karabakh in the Caucasus to Russia and the borders of the EU, George has spent three years gathering photographs and hearing first-hand accounts of war and despair to provide a precious insight into what it's really like to live on one of Mankind's Great Divides.

In today's current 'post-truth' society, Mankind's Great Divides is an immediate and personal account of the sorry state of our world.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE: Israel/Palestine
The mother of all divides

CHAPTER TWO: The Caucasus
A melting pot of ethnic division

Abkhazia
Nagorno-Karabakh

CHAPTER THREE: Crimea
The new kid on the block

CHAPTER FOUR: Kosovo
A circle I could not square

CHAPTER FIVE: Cyprus
Invasion or intervention?

CHAPTER SIX: Transnistria
Back in the USSR?

CHAPTER SEVEN: Ceuta and Melilla
Europe’s Final Frontier?

CHAPTER EIGHT: Belfast
Divided in the name of peace

CHAPTER NINE: Schengen
A false sense of security?

CHAPTER TEN: Today’s Russia

Afterthought

Summary

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