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Geography: A Very Short Introduction

John A. Matthews and David T. Herbert

May 2008

ISBN: 9780199211289

200 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Modern Geography has come a long way from its roots in simply mapping and naming the regions of the world. Spanning both physical and human Geography, the discipline today is unique as a subject bridging the divide between the sciences and humanities, and between the environment and our society. This Very Short Introduction reveals why.

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Modern Geography has come a long way from its roots in simply mapping and naming the regions of the world. Spanning both physical and human Geography, the discipline today is unique as a subject bridging the divide between the sciences and humanities, and between the environment and our society. This Very Short Introduction reveals why.

  • An essential insight into one of the most complex and misunderstood disciplines
  • Shows how Geography forms an integral part of contemporary life, with a wide range of up-to-date examples from global warming and oil to urbanization and ethnicity
  • Explains the methods and cutting-edge technologies that geographers use today
  • Looks at both Physical Geography, which covers natural environments and landscapes, and Human Geography, which investigates people and the cultural landscape, and explains the tensions and also the unity between the two areas of study
  • Reveals how Geography can help solve major environmental and social issues

About the Author(s)

John A. Matthews, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Wales Swansea, and David T. Herbert, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Honorary Fellow of Swansea University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Geography: the World is our stage
    2:The physical dimension: our natural environments
    3:The human dimension: people in their places
    4:Geography as a whole: the common ground
    5:How geographers work
    6:Geography's present and future
    References
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"Matthews and Herbert's book is written- as befits the VSI series- in an accessible prose style and is peppered with attractive and understandable images, graphs and tables." - geographical.

"The authors make an honest effort to represent the wide and diverse range of proffesional geographers' interests." - Geographical,