World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization

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This free online geography textbook is now being published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. The text in question was originally published in 2012. This edition was published in 2016.

The author is an Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies. His area of specialty also includes the Caribbean and the Middle East. He has taught a series of study-abroad courses in other countries. Educators from virtually every corner of the country contributed to World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization.

The chapters focus on a single region at a time. The approach provides opportunities for educators and students to delve more deeply into regions that may be of particular interest to them. The regions are approached in a similar fashion and provide a nice overview for courses that require a simple, broad overview of world geography.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the World

1.1 Geography Basics

1.2 The Environment and Human Activity

1.3 Population and Culture

1.4 Globalization and Development

1.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 2: Europe

2.1 Introducing the Realm

2.2 Historical Development Patterns

2.3 Regions of Western Europe

2.4 Eastern Europe

2.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 3: Russia

3.1 Introducing the Realm

3.2 The USSR and the Russian Federation

3.3 Regions of Russia

3.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 4: North America

4.2 United States: Early Development and Globalization

4.3 United States: Population and Religion

4.4 Canada

4.5 Regions of the United States and Canada

4.6 End-of-Chapter Material

4.1 Introducing the Realm

Chapter 5: Middle America

5.1 Introducing the Realm

5.2 Mexico

5.3 Central America

5.4 The Caribbean

5.5 Tropical Cyclones (Hurricanes)

5.6 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 6: South America

6.1 Introducing the Realm

6.2 Urban North and Andean West

6.3 Brazil

6.4 The Southern Cone

6.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 7: Subsaharan Africa

7.1 Introducing the Realm

7.2 Human Geography of Subsaharan Africa

7.3 West Africa

7.4 Central Africa

7.5 East Africa

7.6 Southern Africa

7.7 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 8: North Africa and Southwest Asia

8.1 Introducing the Realm

8.2 Muhammad and Islam

8.3 North Africa and the African Transition Zone

8.4 Israel and Its Neighbors

8.5 Arabs, Islam, and Oil

8.6 Iraq, Turkey, and Iran

8.7 Central Asia and Afghanistan

8.8 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 9: South Asia

9.2 The Peripheral States of South Asia

9.3 Pakistan and Bangladesh

9.4 India

9.5 Religions of India and South Asia

9.6 End-of-Chapter Material

9.1 Introducing the Realm

Chapter 10: East Asia

10.1 Introducing the Realm

10.2 Emerging China

10.3 China’s Periphery

10.4 Japan and Korea (North and South)

10.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 11: Southeast Asia

11.1 Introducing the Realm

11.2 The Mainland Countries

11.3 The Insular Region (Islands of Southeast Asia)

11.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 12: Australia and New Zealand

12.1 Introducing the Realm

12.2 Australia

12.3 New Zealand

12.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 13: The Pacific and Antarctica

13.1 The Pacific Islands

13.2 Antarctica

13.3 End-of-Chapter Material


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