How to learn American geography?

Do Americans have a global perspective? Is there a guiding concept that explains it all? To put it in Tolkienesque terms: Could there be one answer that controls them all? I believe there is. Sigmund Freud thought that anatomy is destiny in the human endeavor. Geography — what it wills, demands, and bestows — is fate in countries’ affairs. To be sure, it cannot explain everything. Both the United Kingdom and Japan are island states. That might explain their emphasis on naval power and their imperial ambitions. The United States…

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