World Regional Geography

World Regional Geography : A Development Approach

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For introductory courses in World Regional Geography.Authoritatively written by a team of authors, each of whom is an expert in the region he or she authors, this book is organized around the central theme of human development. Each author employs the human development theme to create a substantive volume on world regional geography that presents a vital, issues-oriented overview of the topic. This approach enables instructors to provide a deeper understanding of the character of the world's people than the more traditional descriptive more

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  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 210.8 x 289.1 x 26.2mm | 1,573.98g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • illustrations, maps
  • 013101532X
  • 9780131015326

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Key Terms and a Summary. Each part includes Further Readings.)I. BASIC CONCEPTS AND IDEAS. 1. Geography: Many Worlds to Explore. The Evolution of Geography. The Subdivisions of Geography. Geography and Other Disciplines. Careers in Geography. Geography and Development. Two Worlds. Summary: Patterns and Interactions.2. People and Resources. People. The Resource Concept. Summary: Population Prospects.3. Physical and Cultural Components of the Human Environment. Elements of the Physical Environment. Humanity and Culture. Social and Political Organization. Economic Activity. Economic Organization and Modernization. Summary: A Complex but Critical Relationship.4. More Developed and Less Developed Countries: An Overview. The Widening Gap. Measurements of Wealth. Characteristics of More Developed and Less Developed Regions. Theories of Development. Rostow's Stages. Summary: An Unequal World.II. UNITED STATES AND CANADA. 5. The United States and Canada: The Bases for Development. Physical Geography. Resources for Industrial Growth and Development. Early Settlement: European Culture Cores. Westward Expansion and Receding Settlement Frontiers. Demographic Characteristics. Summary: Resources for Anglo-American Development.6. The United States and Canada: Economic Growth and Transformation. Agriculture. Manufacturing in the United States and Canada. Industrialization and Urbanization. Summary: Continued Growth and Transformation.7. The United States and Canada: Problems in a Developed Realm. Income Disparity and Regional Problems. African Americans. Hispanic Americans. Other Minorities. Canadian Identity and Unity. "Melting Pot," "Stew Pot," or What? Summary: Canada and the United States in Retrospect.III. EUROPE. 8. The European Habitat. Landforms. Climate Regions. Hydrogeography. Mineral Resources. Environmental Modifications. Environmental Crises. Summary.9. Europe: Culture, Society, Economy. Religious Regions. Language Patters. Population. Level of Living. Immigration. Europe's Cities. Primary and Secondary Industries. Industrial Rejuvenation. Service Industries. Agriculture. Summary.10. Europe: Political Geography. Separatism. Germany. France. Switzerland and Belgium. Yugoslavia: A Balkan Tragedy. The United Kingdom. Italy. Spain. The European Union. Summary.IV. RUSSIA AND THE EURASIAN STATES OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. 11. Russia and the Eurasian States of the Former Soviet Union: Land and People. Natural Regions. Landform Regions. Population. Summary: A Vast Expanse.12. Russia and the Eurasian States of the Former Soviet Union: Economic Activity. The Soviet Approach. Planned Development. Soviet Economic Reforms. The Challenge of Development for the New Eurasian States. Economic Development Potential. Industrial Resources. Industrial Regions. Agriculture. Summary: An Unknown Future.V. AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS. 13. Australian, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands: Isolation and Space. Australia. New Zealand. The Pacific Islands. Summary.VI. ASIA, EAST BY SOUTH. 14. Asia, East by South: A Physical and Human Overview. The Monsoon Climate: Wet and Dry Seasons. Population and Favored Environments. Unity and Diversity: Past and Present. Colonial and Modern Economics. Development Indicators. Summary: A Glimpse of the Developing World.15. Japan: An Economic Giant. Resources: Compensating for Scarcity. Human Resources: The Hybrid Culture. Japan's Modern Era (1868 to the Present). Japan's First Transformation: Rise to Power. Japan's Second Transformation: Rising from the Ashes of War. The Consequences of "Japan, Inc." Japan's Third Transformation: Charting a New Course? Summary.16. China and Its Pacific Rim Neighbors. Environmental Diversity. Spatial Evolution of Chinese Culture. East Meets West. Transformation Under Communism. Transformation of Agricultural Production. Industry and Regional Economic Growth. Urbanization and Migration. Population Contours. Environmental Sustainability. Challenges to China's Future. China's Pacific Rim Neighbors. Summary: Forging a New Development Era.17. Southeast Asia: Unity in Diversity. Areal Organization and Environmental Patterns. Pre-European Culture and Economy. Colonialism and Development. Modern Economic Growth and Stagnation. Summary: Economic Transformation18. South Asia: The Past in the Present. Environmental Contrasts. The Precolonial Heritage. Colonial Transformation. Independence and Nation-State Building. Population Contours of India. Agricultural Development in India. India's Industrial Economy. Urban India. Pakistan. Afghanistan. Nepal. Bangladesh. Sri Lanka. Summary: Development Prospects.VII. THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. 19. The Middle East and North Africa: Physical and Cultural Environments. Physical Geography of the Region. Land-Use Patterns. Historical Overview. Summary: A Region of Subtle Diversity.20. The Mediterranean Crescent. Large States, Integrated Economies. Small States, Unique Economies. Summary: Conflict in the Crescent.21. The Gulf States. Regional Characteristics. Development and the Petroleum Economy. The Impact of Oil. Petroleum Powerhouses: Isolation and Globalization. Summary: Oil, Development, and Traditional Values.VIII. AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA. 22. Africa South of the Sahara: Legacy of Continuity and Change. Environmental Diversity. Precolonial Africa. European Colonialism. Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa. Development Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa. Summary.23. West, Central, and East Africa: Diversity in Development. The Physical Environment. West Africa. Central Africa. East Africa. Summary: Diversity in Regional Development.24. Southern Africa: Development in Transition. Physical-Environmental Characteristics of the Region. Countries of Southern Africa. South Africa: Country in Transition. Summary: Socioeconomic and Political Transformations.IX. LATIN AMERICA. 25. Latin America: Physical Diversity and Cultural Heritage. Physical Diversity. Iberian Heritage. The Colonial Period. The Era of Independence. Modern Latin America. Summary: A Region in Need of Change.26. Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean: Lands of Contrasts. Mexico: A Nation in Search of Stability. Central America: Region of Fragile Democracies and Widespread Poverty. The Caribbean: Region of Cultural Diversity and Limited Physical Endowments. Summary: The Struggle for National Identity.27. South America: Regions of Uneven Development. Andean South America: Lands of Physical and Social Fragmentation. Southern South America: Lands of Economic Growth. Brazil: Latin America's Potential Economic Giant. Summary.Appendix A: Map Scale and Projections. Appendix B: Selected National Statistics. Appendix C: Conversion Factors. Glossary. Credits. more

About David L. Clawson

David L. Clawson. Editor Part One, Basic Concepts and Ideas, and Part Nine, Latin America. David L. Clawson is a Professor of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. He has a B.A. from the University of Utah, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Clawson has served as Chair of the Department of Geography and as Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. His research interests center on third world agrarian development, the geography of religions and belief systems, and geographic education and thought. In addition to his work on World Regional Geography, Dr. Clawson is the author of Latin America and the Caribbean: Lands and Peoples, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), has served as editor of a number of scholarly volumes, and has published numerous journal articles. In addition to world regional geography, he teaches courses in geographic education, Latin America, agricultural, cultural, and environmental geography. Dr. Clawson has held Fulbright grants to Mexico and the Philippines and is also a recipient of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association's "Excellence in Teaching Award." Merrill L. Johnson. Editor, Part Two, United States and Canada. Merrill L. Johnson is Associate Dean and Professor of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. He has a B.A. in International Relations from West Texas State University, an M.A. in Geography from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the University of New Orleans in 1981, was Chair of the department from 1989 to 2000, and was appointed associate dean of the College in 2001. Dr. Johnson is an expert on the United States South, with emphasis on its industrial and political geography. Secondary interests include cartography, Europe, and Latin America. While Dr. Johnson has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in political, economic, and regional geography and in cartography and geographic thought, he remains passionate about teaching introductory world regional geography. Indeed, he has taught several thousand students in more than 60 world-regional sections in his career at the University of New more

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