In this excerpt from his 2013 talk, Robert D. Kaplan discusses how China's domestic and foreign policies have largely been shaped by its land size, historic borders, and access to natural resources. The talk is based on Kaplan's book The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate.
The excerpt of the talk can be found on the top right sidebar in .doc form. For the full talk and to learn more about how geography has shaped other areas of the world, please click here.
This activity works well in a global history, world history, or comparative government class.