Reviews 287 Kent E. Calder. Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2019. xvi, 325 pp. Paperback $30.00, ISBN 978-1-5036-0961-7. The geographic center of Eurasia may or may not lie in Chinese territory—a village outside of Ürümqi, Xinjiang competes for that claim with Kyzyl, capital of Russia’s Tuva Republic—but China’s rising economic and diplomatic ambitions place it at the geopolitical center of “the logic of Eurasian integration” in Kent E. Calder’s Super Continent. Of course, the largest continent, encompassing 36% of the globe’s landmass and 70% of the human population is already “super” by many deﬁnitions, but Calder’s point of comparison is the transcontinental linkage by rail and canal that activated North America as a global economic powerhouse in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: now, streamlined logistics, the targeted development of infrastructure (much of it associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI), and a rising paradigm of “distributive globalism” could spur equally transformative results at national, regional, and global scales. Calder professes a lifelong fascination with “the expanses of Eurasia . . . exotic, foreign territory, and much of it off-limits to American citizens” in his childhood, “a world of fragile regimes
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 12, 2019
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