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World Regional Geography

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Caitlin Finlayson, University of Mary Washington

Copyright Year: 2016

ISBN 13: 1077115032

Publisher: Caitlin Finlayson

Language: English

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Reviewed by Linda McCarthy, Professor, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee on 1/10/24

As described in the Preface, compared to traditional world regional geography textbooks, this book’s short chapters sacrifice content for depth over breadth. As a free resource for students, it is a very useful textbook for use with supplementary... read more

Reviewed by Ali Alsaffar, Ph.D, Minnesota State Community and Technical College on 3/23/23

The textbook has an outline for the chapters and sections. It is easy for the reader and the students to follow and comprehend. I liked it. read more

Reviewed by Anne Santiago, Associate Professor and Chair, University of Portland on 7/29/22

It is comprehensive in that it covers all areas of the world. There is a helpful glossary. On a critical note, the material presented is very basic. I would suggest the content is appropriate for high school use, but not at the university level.... read more

Reviewed by TUBA KAYAARASI, INSTRUCTOR, Portland Community College on 12/26/21

The content of the Middle and South America chapter covers basic topics I consider to teach in the Geography of Latin America course. The context is appropriate for the approach to the subject matter. read more

Reviewed by Brian Grabbatin, Geography Faculty, Midlands Technical College on 4/6/21

Chapter 1 provides a concise overview of the discipline and a solid overview of core concepts that allow students to get acclimated to thinking geographically. I like that bolded concepts can be clicked and defined without navigating away from... read more

Reviewed by Kirk Scott, Senior Visiting Instructor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on 6/24/20

Finlayson covers the regions of the world covered by most standard world regional geography. While the first chapter does cover in a single chapter the basic concepts of geography that often take 2-3 chapters in other more comprehensive texts, the... read more

Reviewed by Stanley Toops, Associate Professor, Miami University on 3/30/20

Text provides a useful glossary. There is no index, although one can search for items easily. Chap 1 provides a basic introduction to geography. Other chapters provide more geographical information about the world regions. East and South East Asia... read more

Reviewed by James Leonard, Professor, Marshall University on 2/17/20

The book covers all major world regions. I dislike that East and Southeast Asia is lumped into a single region. Most world regional geography textbooks split that part of Asia into at two regions for better depth of coverage of this high... read more

Reviewed by Ivan Ramirez, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Colorado on 12/9/19

The book uses a regional approach and is concise for an introductory textbook, which could be appealing to many undergraduates. It covers basic concepts and topics in geography and introduces students to primary branches (human and physical) and... read more

Reviewed by Sylvia Brady, Lecturer, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 7/25/19

The regional approach follows the typical organization and topics of a world regional text. There are fewer maps, tables, and pictures than you typically see since the author is reliant on open sources and Creative Commons licenses. The topics... read more

Reviewed by Mark Moody, Associate Professor, Aims Community College on 7/24/19

The textbook has an outline for the chapters and sections. Each section has the respective page numbers labeled in the table of contents. The first chapter goes over geographic basics and terminology that is utilized throughout the semester. The... read more

Reviewed by Dayna Quick, Full Time Faculty, Department Co-Chair, College of Marin on 4/26/19

The text covers the regions and realms well and includes basic coverage for lower division courses. It focuses mainly on Core/Periphery and Globalization. This text has a glossary that is helpful, but there is no index. Some important issues for... read more

Reviewed by Mark Sciuchetti, Graduate Student, Florida State University on 11/5/18

Caitlin Finlayson’s World Regional Geography provides a comprehensive introduction to help instructors and students understand the thematic approach to geography that she as provided in the text. The introduction offers an exploration of the role... read more

Reviewed by Evan Renfro, Assistant Professor , University of Northern Iowa on 12/5/16

The text presents a solid foundation suitable for introductory Geography courses. Unfortunately it does not provide an index, but it does include a useful glossary. read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Europe
  • 3. Russia
  • 4. North America
  • 5. Middle and South America
  • 6. Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 7. North Africa and Southwest Asia
  • 8. South Asia
  • 9. East and Southeast Asia
  • 10. Oceania

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About the Book

Rather than present students with a broad, novice-level introduction to geography, emphasizing places and vocabulary terms, this text approaches geography as experts understand the discipline, focusing on connections and an in-depth understanding of core themes. This thematic approach, informed by pedagogical research, provides students with an introduction to thinking geographically. Instead of repeating the same several themes each chapter, this text emphasizes depth over breadth by arranging each chapter around a central theme and then exploring that theme in detail as it applies to the particular region. In addition, while chapters are designed to stand alone and be rearranged or eliminated at the instructor's discretion, the theme of globalization and inequality unites all of the regions discussed. This core focus enables students to draw connections between regions and to better understand the interconnectedness of our world. Furthermore, the focus on both globalization and inequality helps demonstrate the real-world application of the concepts discussed. Colonialism, for instance, rather than a historical relict, becomes a force that has shaped geography and informs social justice. This thematic approach is also intended to facilitate active learning and would be suitable for a flipped or team-based learning-style course since it more easily integrates case studies and higher-order thinking than the traditional model.

Each chapter begins with a list of learning objectives. This text was written with the backward course design model in mind and the content of each chapter was structured around these learning objectives. Because of this backward design focus, the length of each chapter is considerably shorter than most traditional textbooks. The intention is for the instructor to supplement the text with problems, case studies, and news articles and to use the text as a springboard for discussing deeper issues. The chapters are written in an accessible style, often addressing the student directly, and the author's voice has intentionally tried to remain present in the text. Following the Washington Post's gender-inclusive style guide, the singular they is intentionally used throughout the text. Rhetorical questions are also used to help students reflect on concepts and to encourage them to dig deeper and consider concepts from different perspectives.

About the Contributors


Caitlin Finlayson earned a Ph.D. in Geography from Florida State University in 2012 and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Winthrop University in 2007. She is a broadly trained Human Geographer specializing in Cultural Geography. Her specific research areas include the Geography of Religion, nature/societal interactions, and explorations of geographic theory and methodology. She has co-organized a session on sacred space at the Association of American Geographer’s annual meeting and her work has appeared in the journal Environment and Planning A as well as in The Professional Geographer. She is a member of the Association of American Geographers. She is an assistant professor at the University of Mary Washington and has taught a variety of courses in geography including World Regional Geography, Introduction to Human Geography, Sacred Spaces, and Environmental Studies.

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