Essentials of World Regional Geography (with Access Code Card) / Edition 5

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Overview

The new edition of ESSENTIALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY provides both a cultural and physical geographic understanding of the world's eight regions in an easily customizable format designed to fit different course structures while retaining a true global appreciation. The text's hallmark pedagogical feature, "Profile" chapters, provide a brief, thematic overview of each of the eight regions. This pedagogical organization allows an instructor to cover the entire world in thirteen weeks, spending as little or as much time on each region as they need, or even creating a custom book to fit their course. Subsequent regional chapters provide traditional, finer-scale details on a local level, including geographical factors and in-depth observations found in a number of boxed elements; "Problem Landscapes," "Definitions and Insights," "Regional Perspectives," and "Perspectives from the Field." "Geography of…" a new pedagogical feature, introduces students to cultural and regional specifics, with topics ranging from "Ethnic Geography" to the "Geography of Terrorism" and many more. These boxed elements combine to identify common themes across regional boundaries, clarify terms and concepts, and explore controversial world matters. Furthermore, the Fifth Edition integrates active, online learning with GeographyNow, the first assessment-centered student tutorial system developed for any geography course. GeographyNow icons found throughout the book enhance student learning by providing a personalized learning plan that emphasizes the text's global themes through map interpretation exercises, review of chapter objectives, and testing of chapter and regional concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534466008
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/25/2005
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph J. Hobbs received his B.A. at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1978 and his M.A and Ph.D. at the University of Texas-Austin in 1980 and 1986. He is a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a geographer of the Middle East with many years of field research on biogeography and Bedouin peoples in the deserts of Egypt. Hobbs's interests in the region grew from a boyhood lived in Saudi Arabia and India. His research in Egypt has been supported by Fulbright fellowships, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration. He served as the team leader of the Bedouin Support Program, a component of the St. Katherine National Park project in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. His current research interests are indigenous peoples participation in protected areas in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central America; human uses of caves worldwide; and the global narcotics trade. He is the author of BEDOUIN LIFE IN THE EGYPTIAN WILDERNESS and MOUNT SINAI (both University of Texas Press), co-author of THE BIRDS OF EGYPT (Oxford University Press), and co-editor of DANGEROUS HARVEST: DRUG PLANTS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF INDIGENOUS LANDSCAPES (Oxford). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in world regional geography, environmental geography, the geography of the Middle East, the geography of caves, the geography of global current events, the geographies of drugs and terrorism, and a field course on the ancient Maya geography of Belize. He has received the University of Missouri's highest teaching award, the Kemper Fellowship. In summers from 1984 to 1999, he led "adventure travel" tours to remote areas in Latin America, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Asia, Europe, and the High Arctic. Hobbs lives in Missouri with his wife Cindy, daughters Katherine and Lily, and an animal menagerie.

Christopher "Kit" Salter did his undergraduate work at Oberlin College, with a major in Geography and Geology. He spent three years teaching English at a Chinese university in Taiwan immediately following Oberlin. Graduate work for both the M.A. and the Ph.D. was done at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at UCLA from 1968 to 1987, when he took on fulltime employment with the National Geographic Society in Washington with his wife, Cathy. They were both involved in the Society's campaign to bring geography back into the American school system. Kit has been professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Missouri, Columbia since moving to the heartland in 1988. Themes that have made Salter glad he choose geography as a life field include landscape study and interpretation in both domestic and foreign settings; landscape study and literature to show students that geography occurs in all writing, not just in textbooks; and geography education to help learners at all levels see the critical nature of geographic issues. He has written more than 125 articles in various aspects of geography; has traveled to a lot of the places that he writes about in his text; and has been wise enough to have a son who is an architect in Los Angeles; a daughter who is a teacher in San Francisco Bay Area; and a neat wife who is a writer in the heart of the heartland in Breakfast Creek, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

1. Objectives and Tools of World Regional Geography. 2. Physical and Human Processes that Shape World Regions. 3. A Geographic Profile of Europe. 4. The European Core. 5. The European Periphery. 6. A Geographic Profile of Russia and the Near Abroad. 7. Fragmentation and Redevelopment in Russia and the Near Abroad. 8. A Geographic Profile of the Middle East and North Africa. 9. Countries of the Middle East and North Africa: Modern Struggles in an Ancient Land. 10. A Geographic Profile of Monsoon Asia. 11. Complex and Populous South Asia. 12. Southeast Asia: From Slash-and-Burn to Semiconductors. 13. China, the Giant. 14. Japan and the Koreas: Adversity and Prosperity in the Western Pacific. 15. A Geographic Profile of the Pacific World. 16. Prosperous, Remote Australia and New Zealand. 17. A Geographic Profile of Africa South of the Sahara. 18. The Assets and Afflictions of Countries South of the Sahara. 19. A Geographic Profile of Latin America. 20. Middle America: Land of the Shaking Earth. 21. South America, Stirring Giant. 22. A Geographic Profile of the United States and Canada. 23. Canada, from Sea to Sea. 24. The United States: Out of Many, One.

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