9780131497030: World Regional Geography (9th Edition)

This unique study of world regional geography covers the world’s regions by 11 experts in their respective fields who are intimately familiar with their material through research, fieldwork, and teaching. Employs the central theme of human development to present a vital, issues-oriented overview of each topic. Provides a deeper understanding of the character of the world's peoples than the more traditional descriptive approach. Revises and expands coverage of Russia and Central Eurasia. Adds a wealth of new material, including New Orleans (reflecting the serious problems of a densely settled and industrialized delta region when faced with a natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina magnitude); the European Union and its significance for developmental integration; environmental problems in desert cities; and much more. A useful reference for educators or anyone who needs to increase their knowledge of  regional geography.

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Key Benefit: This introduction to world geography explores our increasing interdependent world from a development perspective. Key Topics: This perspective provides a framework for understanding the increasing commercial, cultural, political, and economic intersection between cultures and regions, and helps students understand how these global intersections affect our local environment.

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David L. Clawson. Editor Part One, Basic Concepts and Ideas, and Part Nine, Latin America. David L. Clawson is a Professor of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. He has a B.A. from the University of Utah, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Clawson has served as Chair of the Department of Geography and as Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. His research interests center on third world agrarian development, the geography of religions and belief systems, and geographic education and thought. In addition to his work on World Regional Geography, Dr. Clawson is the author of Latin America and the Caribbean: Lands and Peoples, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), has served as editor of a number of scholarly volumes, and has published numerous journal articles. In addition to world regional geography, he teaches courses in geographic education, Latin America, agricultural, cultural, and environmental geography. Dr. Clawson has held Fulbright grants to Mexico and the Philippines and is also a recipient of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association's "Excellence in Teaching Award."

Merrill L. Johnson. Editor, Part Two, United States and Canada. Merrill L. Johnson is Associate Dean and Professor of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. He has a B.A. in International Relations from West Texas State University, an M.A. in Geography from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the University of New Orleans in 1981, was Chair of the department from 1989 to 2000, and was appointed associate dean of the College in 2001. Dr. Johnson is an expert on the United States South, with emphasis on its industrial and political geography. Secondary interests include cartography, Europe, and Latin America. While Dr. Johnson has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in political, economic, and regional geography and in cartography and geographic thought, he remains passionate about teaching introductory world regional geography. Indeed, he has taught several thousand students in more than 60 world-regional sections in his career at the University of New Orleans.

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