For six months, Maçães traveled across a portion of Eurasia to see how the world is changing. The future, he argues in this startlingly original assessment, will be dominated by an emerging Eurasian “supercontinent,” shaped by China’s, Russia’s, and the EU’s competing visions. The Arctic will become one of its superhighways, and the roads and railways envisaged in China’s vast Belt and Road Initiative will tie it together. The fusing of Europe and Asia, he contends, is already far more advanced than most realize. The drama is over what form this integration will take, but he is confident that it will be different from the political and economic models familiar in the West. In the second part of the book, Maçães gives texture and immediacy to his broader argument by sharing images and discoveries he made during his many diversions from familiar paths, skillfully integrating his travel stories into the larger trends he discusses: trade flows, megaprojects, changing lifestyles, new transport links, and the visions of those designing the future in Beijing and Moscow.
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