World Regional Geography A Development Approach

ISBN-10: 0131497030

ISBN-13: 9780131497030

Edition: 9th 2007 (Revised)

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Description: This unique study of world regional geography covers the worldrsquo;s regions by 11 experts in their respective fields who are intimately familiar with their material through research, fieldwork, and teaching. Employs the central theme of human development to present a vital, issues-oriented overview of each topic. Provides a deeper understanding of the character of the worlds peoples than the more traditional descriptive approach. Revises and expands coverage of Russia and Central Eurasia. Adds a wealth of new material, including New Orleans (reflecting the serious problems of a densely settled and industrialized delta region when faced with a natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina magnitude); the European Union and its significance for developmental integration; environmental problems in desert cities; and much more. A useful reference for educators or anyone who needs to increase their knowledge ofnbsp; regional geography.

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List price: $134.20
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 736
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.938
Language: English

Preface
Basic Concepts and Ideas
What Is Geography and Should We Care?
Geography Studies the Why of Where
Roots: Whence We Came
The Modern Practice of Geography
Geography and Its Disciplinary Neighbors
Understanding Change in Economy and Society
Summary
Key Terms
Geography and Development in an Era of Globalization
Development-What's in a Name?
Human Transitions and Development Processes
Globalization as a Human Transition?
Sustainability Issues
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
How Does Development Happen in the Information Age? Is It the Result of a "Creative Class"?
Demographic Transformation for More Industrialized and Less Industrialized Countries
Globalization Vignettes
Nature, Society, and Development
How Places Are Classified Environmentally
Use of the Environment
Centers of Use and Habitat Modification
The Geographic Dimensions of Development
Development Explained (at Least in Theory)
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Soil Degradation
The Green Revolution
Women, Development, and the Gender-related Development Index
United States and Canada
The United States and Canada: The Physical and Human Contexts for Development
Landform Geography
Climate
Early Settlement: European Culture Cores
Westward Expansion and Receding Settlement Frontiers
Demographic Characteristics
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Latest Battle for New Orleans
Landforms and Climate: Orographic Effects in the United States
The United States and Canada: The Geography of Economic Development
Agriculture
Resources for Industrial Growth and Development
Manufacturing in the United States and Canada
Urbanization in the United States and Canada
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
City Types and the American College Town
The United States and Canada: Challenges in a Developed Realm
Income Disparity and Regional Challenges
African Americans
Hispanic Americans
Other Minorities
Canadian Identity and Unity
"Melting Pot," "Stew Pot," or What?
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Appalachian Poverty
Canadian Unity
The "Dearborn Effect": Ethnic Clustering in Contemporary American Cities
Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean: Physical Diversity and Cultural Heritage
Physical Diversity
The Iberian Heritage
The Colonial Period
The Era of Independence
Modern Latin America
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Altitudinal Life Zones in the Andes
Tropical Polyculture and the Conservation of Global Biodiversity
Return Migration and the Global Economy
Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean: Lands of Contrast
Mexico: A Nation of Great Development Potential
Central America: Region of Fragile Democracies and Widespread Poverty
The Caribbean: Region of Cultural Diversity and Limited Physical Endowments
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Globalization of Industry: Mexico's Maquiladora Program
Environmental Degradation in Mexico City
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
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Health and Development in the Humid Lowlands of Latin America
High Altitude Adaptation in the South American Andes
Latin America's Street Children
Europe
The European Habitat
Landforms
Climate Regions
Hydrogeography
Mineral Resources
Environmental Modifications
Environmental Crises
European Union Environmental Policies
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Rhine River: Economic and Cultural Significance
Dutch Coastline Alteration
The Black Triangle
Europe: Culture, Society, Economy
Religious Regions
Language Patterns
Population
Standard of Living
Immigration
Europe's Cities
Primary and Secondary Industries
Industrial Rejuvenation
Service Industries
Agriculture
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Counterurbanization
"Technopoles"
Europe: Political Geography
Separatism
Germany
France
Switzerland and Belgium
Yugoslavia: A Balkan Tragedy
The United Kingdom
Italy
Spain
Poland
Romania
The European Union
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Liechtenstein: A European Ministate
Turkey in the EU? Cultural Regions in Conflict
Russia and Central Eurasia
The In-Between Countries of Eurasia: Physical Geography and Historical Context
Physical Geography
Historical Overview
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Russia's Natural Resources: Are They Worth It?
Environmental Problems and Prospects
War in Chechnya
The In-Between Countries of Eurasia: The Geography of Their Political Economies
The Russian Federation: Economic Policy and Society
Ukraine: A New Start
Belarus: Stuck in Transition
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Moscow: Emerging Global City?
The Caspian Sea: Geopolitics of Oil
Central Asia and Afghanistan: Historical and Geographical Context of Economy and Environment
Natural Regions
Central Asian Heritage
Society and Culture
"De-Modernization"
Modern Afghanistan
Post 9/11 Impacts in Central Asia and Afghanistan
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
The Aral Sea
Warlords and Opium
Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands: Isolation and Space
Australia
New Zealand
The Pacific Islands
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Frontiers: Australia's Northwest
Asia
Asia: A Physical and Human Overview
The Monsoon Climate: Wet and Dry Seasons
Population and Favored Environments
Cultural Diversity: Past and Present
Colonial and Modern Economies
Development Indicators
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Economy and Culture of Rice
Asian Values, Development, and Globalization
Japan
Resources: Compensating for Scarcity
Human Resources: The Hybrid Culture
The Japan Model
The Consequences of the Japan Model
Japan's Third Transformation: Charting a New Course
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Outsiders: Minorities in Japan
From Dattogo to Toyota
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
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Three Gorges Project: Dams and Development
Language and Development
Confucianism and Local-Global Processes
Chinese Apple Exports and Globalization
Hong Kong's Past, Present, and Future
Southeast Asia: Development Diversity
Areal Organization and Environmental Patterns
Pre-European Culture and Economy
Colonialism and Development
Modern Economic Growth and Stagnation
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
The Asian Tsunami
Islam in Insular Southeast Asia
Overseas Chinese
Forest Clearance and Underdevelopment
Migrant Labor and Economic Development
The Golden Triangle, Drugs, and AIDS
South Asia: India and Its Neighbors
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
Nepal
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Being Poor and Female in South Asia
Peasant Farmers Contest the Global Economy
"IT for All" and the Digital Divide
Globalization and India's Diaspora
Water Resource Security and Development
The Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa: Physical and Cultural Environments
Physical Geography of the Region
Land-use Patterns
Historical Overview
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Land Degradation in North Africa and the Middle East
Cairo: Dryland Metropolis in Distress
The Reassertion of Islamic Values
The Mediterranean Crescent: Maximizing Limited Resources
Large States, Integrated Economies
Small States, Unique Economies
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa
The Gulf States: Living on Oil
Regional Characteristics
Development and the Petroleum Economy
The Impact of Oil
Petroleum Powerhouses: Isolation and Globalization
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Jeddah's Urban Environmental Crisis
Overcoming North African and Middle Eastern Women's Opportunity Constraints
Conflict in the Gulf
Africa South of the Sahara
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
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Africa's Limited Green Revolution
Gender Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
West, Central, and East Africa: Diversity in Development
The Physical Environment
West Africa
Central Africa
East Africa
Summary
Key Terms
Geography in Action
Deforestation in West and Central Africa
Tragedy in Sudan's Darfur Region
The Ebola Virus
Southern Africa: Development in Transition
Physical-Environmental Characteristics of the Region
Countries of Southern Africa
South Africa: Country in Transition
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Geographer's Craft
Geography in Action
Chronology of Apartheid Legislation and Related Events in South Africa
Further Readings
Glossary
Credits
Index
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