World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization

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Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Benjamin Timms, Associate Professor, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

For an open access textbook this is a comprehensive and serviceable resource for classes in world regional geography. It begins with an … read more



Reviewed by David Sibley, Adjunct Professor, University of Northwestern - St. Paul, on 7/16/2014.

The book attempts to cover both the basics of geography and specifics about the different regions of the world. As such the author needed to … read more



Reviewed by Andrea Williams, Director of International Studies, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

The book provides a comprehensive, if somewhat superficial, introduction to the subject of geography. It does a good job of covering all world … read more



Reviewed by Randy Morris, Geography Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

The focus of this text is "regional geography", and it carries this out very well, especially considering that this text can save student upwards of … read more



Reviewed by Selima Sultana, Professor, University of North Carolina , on 12/6/2016.

With the rise in the cost of textbooks, many students avoid buying textbooks and instead, try to rely heavily on lecture notes, which cannot cover … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the World
  • Chapter 2: Europe
  • Chapter 3: Russia
  • Chapter 4: North America
  • Chapter 5: Middle America
  • Chapter 6: South America
  • Chapter 7: Subsaharan Africa
  • Chapter 8: North Africa and Southwest Asia
  • Chapter 9: South Asia
  • Chapter 10: East Asia
  • Chapter 11: Southeast Asia
  • Chapter 12: Australia and New Zealand
  • Chapter 13: The Pacific and Antarctica

About the Book

World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.

World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization is designed for students to experience and study as much of the world as possible within a limited amount of time. It gives students the fundamental concepts and the latest data regarding world places in a concise, easy-to-read format.

This World Regional Geography textbook focuses on the primary issues that have created our cultural and societal structures, and presents them within a framework for global understanding. A pattern of development is outlined from the imprint that European colonialism had on culture to the impact that giant retail corporations like Wal-Mart have on consumerism.

Within this framework, the textbook takes a regional approach to globalization and world geography, as each chapter focuses on one subject or region. The first unit covers the basic concepts of location, the environment, and global economic dynamics. Then, these basic concepts, theories, and principles are presented for each region on a chapter-by-chapter basis.

The basic concepts are covered using real world examples to provide purpose and relevance for the students. And each lesson begins with learning objectives and ends with key takeaways to stimulate critical thinking about each topic or region. Basic spatial concepts are also tracked throughout the text to connect ideas and apply concepts to every region of the world. Special sections on relevant topics are also distributed throughout the book.

With each chapter focused on one region, the textbook provides professors with some course management and flexibility. The text is also brief enough to provide additional flexibility if professors want to include specialized information from outside sources.

World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization provides students with a working knowledge of world geography in an easy-to-read format. Basic geographic concepts of world places are presented in concise chapters, and each chapter provides a foundational framework for understanding the development patterns of world regions. See for yourself and take a look at the book today!

About the Contributors


Unnamed Author is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies in the Department of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. He is originally from Montana and received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of North Dakota. He received his doctorate in Economic Geography from Indiana State University with research interests in heritage tourism and development patterns. In addition to regularly teaching World Geography, Unnamed Author teaches courses on the Caribbean and the Middle East. He has taught study-abroad courses in other countries and encourages students to take advantage of study-abroad opportunities.