Companion Encyclopedia of Geography

Companion Encyclopedia of Geography

by Ian Douglas
     
 

The Companion Encyclopedia of Geography provides an authoritative and provocative source of reference for all those concerned with the earth and its people. Examining both physical and human geography and charting human activities within their habitat up to the present day, this companion also looks towards the future.

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The Companion Encyclopedia of Geography provides an authoritative and provocative source of reference for all those concerned with the earth and its people. Examining both physical and human geography and charting human activities within their habitat up to the present day, this companion also looks towards the future.

The forty-five self contained chapters are bound into a unifying whole by the editors' general and section introductions and each chapter provides details of the most useful sources of further reading and research. This work is an invaluable resource not only for students, teachers and researchers but also for professionals in commercial and public-sector organizations.

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Library Journal

Editors and contributors Douglas, Richard Huggett, and Chris Perkins-all three of whom teach geography at the University of Manchester-have assembled a work that as a whole suggests that, if there is a metadiscipline, it is certainly geography. Despite its title, this revised edition is not an encyclopedia in the traditional sense but a rich and fascinating collection of 64 essays exploring the myriad facets of human and physical geography, from tectonics to geopolitics; from virtual places to consumer impacts and conservation. There are six thematic sections: "The Nature of Place"; "Forces for Change"; "Actors in the Process"; "Nature, Rate, and the Direction of Change"; "The Geographical Imagination"; and "Responses to Geographical Drivers of Change." Featuring contributions from a lengthy list of international academics, the work is global in scope, yet it provides a highly relevant look at our own backyards, wherever they may be. The section examining geographic "crises" and responses is by far the longest-fitting, given the increasing demands humans place on the world. The lucid and at times witty contributions are supplemented by recommended reading lists, and references end each essay. Each volume opens with complete lists of plates, figures, and tables and closes with a complete index.
—Daniel Sifton

Booknews
Forty-five self-contained chapters are bound into a unified whole by the editors' general and section introductions. Arrangement is in six parts. The first focuses on the evolution of the earth through geological, and up to historical time; the second considers the transformations caused by human occupancy, rapid population growth, and the industrial society. Subsequent sections examine the period 1939 to 1946, and the end of the 20th century. Finally, responses of the geographical discipline to the world of the post-war period are examined, and the future of the discipline is forecast. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415339773
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Pages:
602
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.05(d)

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