Companion Encyclopedia of Geography: The Environment and Humankind / Edition 1

Companion Encyclopedia of Geography: The Environment and Humankind / Edition 1

by Prof Ian Douglas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415277507

ISBN-13: 9780415277501

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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 asks what lies in the future:
* A differentiated

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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 asks what lies in the future:
* A differentiated world
* A world transformed by the growth of a global economy
* The global scale of habitat modification
* A world of questions
* Changing worlds, changing geographies
* Geographical futures.
The forty-five self contained chapters are bound into a unifying whole by the editors' general and part introductions; each chapter provides details of the most useful sources of further reading and research, and the volume is concluded with a comprehensive index.
This is an invaluable resource not only for students, teachers and researchers in the academic domain but also professionals in interested commercial and public-sector organisations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415277501
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Routledge World Reference Ser.
Pages:
1056
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Contributors
General Introduction1
1Planet Earth15
2The ever-changing climate44
3The biosphere67
4Human evolution86
5The geography of language107
6Religion: nature and origins120
7The modification of the earth by humans in pre-industrial times137
8European settlement, 1450-1750162
9European expansion and land cover transformation182
10The origins of the capitalist world economy206
11Industrialization and world agriculture228
12Changes in global demography249
13Origins of modern environmentalism274
14The saviour city: beneficial effects of urbanization in England and Wales293
15From a 'cultural' world to a 'political' one310
16Unity and division in global political geography332
17The geography of conflicts and the prospects for peace353
18A new 'geo-economy': patterns, processes, problems370
19Third World urbanization391
20From riches to rags: the international debt crisis408
21Monitoring, modelling and mothering the environment: the impact of science and technology since the Second World War430
22Environmentalism on the move449
23Climatic variation and global change482
24Ocean uses, environment and management508
25Water: confronting the critical dilemma526
26Surface instability and human modification in geomorphic systems553
27The tropical rain forest573
28Humanity's resources599
29Environmental hazards620
30The sustainability of sustenance: land and agricultural production in the Third World651
31Famines and surplus in world food production677
32The nature of Third World cities702
33Western cities and their problems730
34Changing countrysides752
35The quality of life: human welfare and social justice772
36The expansion and fragmentation of geography in higher education794
37Achievements of spatial science818
38Geography and humanism in the late twentieth century837
39Structural themes in geographical discourse860
40Challenging the boundaries: survival and change in a gendered world888
41Place906
42Concern for geography: a case for equal emphasis of the geographical traditions926
43Home and world, cosmopolitanism and ethnicity: key concepts in contemporary human geography939
44Palaeoenvironmental narrative and scenario science952
45Geographical futures: some personal speculations965
Index974

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