World Today Concepts and Regions in Geography

ISBN-10: 0470046813
ISBN-13: 9780470046814
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: This edition offers brief regional descriptions, applications of core concepts, and definitions to acquaint the reader with the spatial inter-connections between the human and physical systems of the earth.

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List price: $120.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 10.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

This edition offers brief regional descriptions, applications of core concepts, and definitions to acquaint the reader with the spatial inter-connections between the human and physical systems of the earth.

Introduction: World Regional Geography: Global Perspectives
A World on Maps
Maps in Our Minds
The Map Revolution
Geography's Perspective
Environment and Society
Location and Distribution
Scale and Scope
Geographic Realms
Realms and Regions
Regional Classification
Criteria for Geographic Realms
Geographic Regions: Two Categories
Criteria for Regions
The Physical Setting
Natural (Physical) Landscapes
Natural Hazards
Climate
Realms of Population
Major Population Clusters
Realms of Culture
Realms, Regions, and States
The State
States and Realms
States and Regions
Political Geography
Patterns of Development
Causes of Contrast
Dimensions
Cores and Peripheries
The Specter of Debt
Globalization
Regional Framework and Geographic Perspective
Area and Demographic Data for the World's States
Europe
Defining the Realm
Geographical Features
Europe's Eastern Border
Resources
Climates
Human Diversity
Locational Advantages
Landscapes and Opportunities
Historical Geography
Ancient Greece and Imperial Rome
Triumph and Collapse
Rebirth and Royalty
The Revolutions of Modern Europe
The Agrarian Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
Political Revolutions
Contemporary Europe
Language and Religion
Spatial Interaction
A Highly Urbanized Realm
A Changing Population
Europe's Modern Transformation
European Unification
New Money
Momentous Expansion
Centrifugal Forces
The EU's New Economic Geography
Regions of the Realm
Western Europe
Reunited Germany
France
Benelux
The Alpine States
The British Isles
States and Peoples
Roots of Devolution
A Discrete Region
End of Empire
The United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
Northern (Nordic) Europe
Mediterranean Europe
Italy
Iberia
Greece
Cyprus and Malta
Eastern Europe
Cultural Legacies
The Geographic Framework
Countries Facing the Baltic Sea
The Landlocked Center
Countries Facing the Black Sea
Countries Facing the Adriatic Sea
Russia
Defining the Realm
Transition Zones: Two Types
Russian Roots
A Vibrant Culture
Empire of the Czars
Communist Victory
Seven Fateful Decades
Russia's Physical Geography
Harsh Environments
Physiographic Regions
Evolution of the Russian State
The Mongol Invasion
Grand Duchy of Muscovy
The Cossacks
Czar Peter the Great
Czarina Catherine the Great
A Russian Empire
The Colonial Legacy
An Imperial, Multinational State
The Soviet Legacy
The Political Framework
The Soviet Economic Framework
Russia's Changing Political Geography
The Federal Framework of Russia
Changing Social Geographies
Russia's Demographic Dilemma
Russia's Prospects
Heartland and Rimland
Russia and the World
Unresolved Problems
Regions of the Realm
Russian Core and Peripheries
Central Industrial Region
Povolzhye: The Volga Region
The Urals Region
The Internal Southern Periphery
The External Southern Periphery
The Eastern Frontier
The Kuznetsk Basin (Kuzbas)
The Lake Baykal Area (Baykaliya)
Siberia
The Future
The Russian Far East
Mainland and Island
Post-Soviet Malaise
North America
Defining the Realm
Geographic and Social Contrasts
North America's Physical Geography
Physiography
Climate
Soils and Vegetation
Hydrography (Surface Water)
Indigenous North America
The United States
Population in Time and Space
Cultural Geography
The Changing Geography of Economic Activity
Canada
Population in Time and Space
Cultural/Political Geography
Economic Geography
Regions of the Realm
The North American Core
Postindustrial Hot Spots
The Maritime Northeast
Upper New England
Atlantic Canada
French Canada
Acadian New Brunswick
The Continental Interior
Agricultural Supremacy
Depopulation and Regional Change
The South
Uneven Development
Social and Economic Transformation
The Southwest
Texan Growth Triangle
Arizona's Thriving Desert
The Western Frontier
Las Vegas-Led Boom
The Northern Frontier
Canada's Stirring Northland
The Pacific Hinge
Pacific Rim Possibilities
Challenges and Opportunities in Maturing California
Growth and Change in the Pacific Northwest
Middle America
Defining the Realm
Physiography
A Land Bridge
Island Chains
Legacy of Mesoamerica
The Lowland Maya
The Highland Aztecs
Collision of Cultures
Effects of the Conquest
Mainland and Rimland
Lingering Regional Contrasts
The Hacienda
The Plantation
Political Fragmentation
Independence
Regions of the Realm
Mexico
Physiography
Population Patterns
Revolution and Its Aftermath
Regions of Mexico
The Changing Geography of Economic Activity
NAFTA and Continuing Challenges
The Central American Republics
Altitudinal Zonation of Environments
Population Patterns
Emergence from a Turbulent Era
The Promise of CAFTA
The Seven Republics
The Caribbean Basin
Economic and Social Patterns
The Greater Antilles
The Lesser Antilles
South America
Defining the Realm
What Lies Ahead?
The Human Sequence
The Inca Empire
The Iberian Invaders
The Africans
Longstanding Isolation
Cultural Fragmentation
Using the Land
Economic Integration
Urbanization
Regional Patterns
Causes and Challenges of Cityward Migration
The "Latin" American City Model
Regions of the Realm
The North: Caribbean South America
Colombia
Venezuela
The Guianas
The West: Andean South America
Peru
Ecuador
Bolivia
Paraguay
The South: Mid-Latitude South America
Argentina
Chile
Uruguay
Brazil: Giant of South America
Population Patterns
African Heritage
Inequality in Brazil
Development Prospects
Brazil's Subregions
Subsaharan Africa
Cradle and Cauldron
African Diaspora
Defining the Realm
Africa's Physiography
Rifts and Rivers
Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
Natural Environments
Crops and Animals
End of an Era
Farmers' Problems
Environment and Health
Epidemics and Pandemics
Africa's Latest Epidemic
Land and Farming
Stolen Lands
Persistent Subsistence
Africa's Historical Geography
African Genesis
Early Trade
Early States
Beyond the West
Bantu Migration
The Colonial Transformation
Cultural Patterns
African Languages
Religion in Africa
Modern Map and Traditional Society
Supranationalism
Population and Urbanization
Regions of the Realm
Southern Africa
Africa's Richest Region
South Africa
The Middle Tier
The Northern Tier
East Africa
Madagascar
Equatorial Africa
The Congo
Across the River
West Africa
Nigeria
Coast and Interior
The African Transition Zone
North Africa/Southwest Asia
Defining the Realm
An "Arab World"?
An "Islamic World?"
"Middle East"?
Dimensions of Culture
Rivers and Communities
Decline and Decay
Stage for Islam
The Faith
The Arab-Islamic Empire
Islam Divided
The Strength of Shi'ism
Religious Revivalism in the Realm
Islam and Other Religions
The Ottoman Aftermath
The Power and Peril of Oil
Location and Dimensions of Known Reserves
A Foreign Invasion
Regions of the Realm
Egypt and the Lower Nile Basin
Gift of the Nile
Valley and Delta
Subregions of Egypt
Divided Sudan
The Maghreb and Its Neighbors
Atlas Mountains
Colonial Impact
The Maghreb Countries
Adjoining Saharan Africa
The Middle East: Crucible of Conflict
War in Iraq
The Region's Other Countries
The Arabian Peninsula
Saudi Arabia
On the Periphery
The Empire States
Turkey
Iran
Turkestan: The Six States of Central Asia
The Ethnic Mosaic
Regional Framework
The States of Former Soviet Central Asia
Fractious Afghanistan
South Asia
Defining the Realm
Physiographic Regions of South Asia
Northern Mountains
River Lowlands
Southern Plateaus
The Annual Wet Monsoon
The Human Sequence
Hinduism and Buddhism
Asoka's Mauryan Empire
The Power of Islam
The European Intrusion
South Asia's Population Dilemma
Density Measures
Population Change
Dynamics of Population Growth
Geography of Demography
A Realm of Poverty
Causes
A Realm of Flashpoints
Regions of the Realm
Pakistan: On South Asia's Western Flank
East and West, North and South
The Kashmir Issue
Forging Centripetal Forces
The Provinces
Pakistan's Prospects
India: Federal and Free
Success and Failure
States and People
India's Changing Map
The Sikhs
The Muslims
Centrifugal Forces: From India to Hindustan?
Centripetal Forces
India's Great Cities
Economic Geography
Agriculture
Manufacturing
Prospects for India's Economy
India West and East
Bangladesh: Challenges Old and New
A Vulnerable Territory
Limits to Opportunity
The Mountainous North
The Southern Islands
Sri Lanka: South Asian Tragedy
East Asia
Defining the Realm
Natural Environments
Physiography and Population
Historical Geography
Early Cultural Geography
Dynastic China
Regions of the Realm
China Proper
Relative Location
Extent and Environment
Evolving China
A Century of Convulsion
A (Lost) War on Drugs
Nationalists and Communists
Japan in China
Communist China Arises
China's Human Geography
Political and Administrative Divisions
Population Issues
The Minorities
People and Places of China Proper
Northeast China Plain
North China Plain
Basins of the Chang/Yangzi
Xizang (Tibet)
China's Conquest
Xinjiang
Physiography
Energy and Technology
China's Pacific Rim: Emerging Region
Geography of Development
Transforming the Economic Map
China's Pacific Rim Today
Guangdong Province and the Pearl River Estuary
Hong Kong's Role
The Burgeoning Pacific Rim
Coast and Interior
Mongolia
The Jakota Triangle Region
Japan
Colonial Wars and Recovery
British Tutelage
Spatial Contrasts
Modernization
Relative Location
Japan's Spatial Organization
Japan's Pacific Rim Prospects
Korea
War and Aftermath
South Korea
North Korea
Taiwan
Peoples and Rulers
A Strong Economy
Geopolitical Risks
Southeast Asia
Defining the Realm
Colonialism's Heritage
Physical Geography
Four Rivers
Population Geography
The Ethnic Mosaic
Immigrants
How the Political Map Evolved
The Colonial Imprint
Cultural-Geographic Legacies
Southeast Asia's Political Geography
The Boundaries
State Territorial Morphology
Regions of the Realm
Mainland Southeast Asia
Indochina
Vietnam
Cambodia
Laos
The Mighty Mekong
Thailand
The Restive Peninsular South
Bangkok on the Chao Phraya
Myanmar
Morphology and Structure
Insular Southeast Asia
Mainland-Island Malaysia
Ethnic Components
The Dominant Peninsula
Malaysian Borneo
Brunei
Singapore
Indonesia
The Major Islands
Diversity in Unity
Transmigration and the Outer Islands
East Timor
The Philippines
Muslim Insurgency
People and Culture
Prospects
The Austral Realm
Defining the Realm
Land and Environment
Climates
The Southern Ocean
Biogeography
The Human Impact
Regions of the Realm
Australia
Distance
Core and Periphery
A Federal State
An Urban Culture
Economic Geography
Australia's Future
New Zealand
Human Spatial Organization
The Maori Factor and New Zealand's Future
The Pacific Realm
Defining the Realm
Colonization and Independence
The Pacific Realm and Its Marine Geography
The State at Sea
UNCLOS Intervention
Regions of the Realm
Melanesia
Micronesia
Polynesia
A Final Caveat: Pacific and Antarctic
Using the Maps
Opportunities in Geography
Glossary
List of Maps and Figures
Index

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