Introduction: Why Maritime Eurasia?
The introduction frames the volume, giving an overview of Eurasia’s growing embrace of its maritime geography from the Indian Ocean to Pacific Asia and the Arctic. In an age of climate change, the melting of the Arctic will transform Eurasia’s importance and likely speed up political, economic, and military competition across Eurasia’s main maritime regions. Eurasia is introduced here from a saltwater perspective, including the framework of the volume that analyzes Eurasia’s main maritime spaces in a threefold manner—as avenue, as arena, as source—to show the significance of this geostrategic shift and why it matters for the future of the world’s oceans.
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