De opkomst van het Oosten (The Rise of the East) is an unorthodox book on the geopolitical shift to the East, intended for anyone who wants to understand the relationships in our rapidly changing world today.

In De opkomst van het Oosten, Haroon Sheikh maps the changed e-century geopolitical and economic relations on the Eurasian continent. He shows how Germany, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran and China are increasingly orientating towards the East.

De opkomst van het Oosten  is the elaboration of an article series in Het Financieele Dagblad, in which Sheikh reported on an ‘imaginary train journey’ through the Eurasian region. He combines journalism with philosophical and historical considerations. A panorama gradually emerges in which the reader sees that all kinds of boundaries are shifting subtly.

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