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Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture
Tenth Edition
Michael Roskin

Systematically examining politics from around the world, Countries and Concepts presents accessible, in-depth studies of ten nations: Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. This text highlights similarities and differences in five key areas of each country to facilitate comparative analysis, defining important concepts and integrating examples from current events throughout. Highly readable and thought-provoking, Countries and Concepts introduces students to the politics and governments of the world and bolsters their civic education by considering the historical, political, economic, geographical, and moral aspects of democracy.

New to This Edition

  • A new chapter on India covers this country’s tumultuous birth, imperfect but persistent democracy, caste system, political party competition, and recent economic surge.
  • New “Personalities” boxes profile political figures such as Gordon Brown in Britain, Nicolas Sarkozy in France, Dmitry Medvedev in Russia, and Manmohan Singh in India.
  • Updated coverage reflects the latest elections and events in each country, the European Union’s 2007 Reform Treaty, and more.


    The new MyPoliSciKit for Countries and Concepts is a premium online learning resource, featuring multimedia and interactive activities to help students make connections between concepts and current events. The book-specific assessment, video case studies, comparative exercises, mapping exercises, Financial Times newsfeeds, and politics blog encourage comprehension and criticalthinking. With GradeTracker, instructors can easily follow students’ work on the site and their progress on each activity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136026532
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Series: MyPoliSciKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael G. Roskin is Professor of Political Science at Lycoming College.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Concept of Country


Chapter 2. Britain: The Impact of the Past

Chapter 3. Britain: The Key Institutions

Chapter 4. British Political Culture

Chapter 5. Britain: Patterns of Interaction

Chapter 6. What Britons Quarrel About

Chapter 7. France: The Impact of the Past

Chapter 8. France: The Key Institutions

Chapter 9. French Political Culture

Chapter 10. France: Patterns of Interaction

Chapter 11. What the French Quarrel About

Chapter 12. Germany: The Impact of the Past

Chapter 13. Germany: The Key Institutions

Chapter 14. German Political Culture

Chapter 15. Germany: Patterns of Interaction

Chapter 16. What Germans Quarrel About

Chapter 17. The European Union

Chapter 18. Japan

Chapter 19. Russia: The Impact of the Past

Chapter 20. Russia: The Key Institutions

Chapter 21. Russian Political Culture

Chapter 22. Russia: Patterns of Interaction

Chapter 23. What Russians Quarrel About


Chapter 24. China: The Impact of the Past

Chapter 25. China: The Key Institutions

Chapter 26. Chinese Political Culture

Chapter 27. China: Patterns of Interaction

Chapter 28. What Chinese Quarrel About

Chapter 29. India

Chapter 30. Mexico

Chapter 31. Nigeria

Chapter 32. Iran

Chapter 33. Lessons of Ten Countries

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