Maritime Power in the Black Sea
By Deborah Sanders
What constitutes power? How do states employ that power? Simply counting tanks, ships or missiles would be vast oversimplification, and yet that detail is still required for an accurate measure of power. Power, at its essence, is the ability of a state to force another to bend to its will, so measuring that ability is fundamental to the study of geopolitics. Yet power exists both in the physical realm of guns and bombs and in the more ethereal world that incorporates of cultural relationship to particular geographic features. How do you measure such a complex concept?
Deborah Sanders’ “Maritime Power in the Black Sea” is an attempt to answer that question. The focus of this book, of course, is the Black Sea, a medium-sized body of water that only has one non-riverine exit point to the wider world – the Bosporus. Geographic peculiarities such as these predispose the Black Sea’s shores to conflict. But Sanders goes beyon