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World Regional Geography

A Short Introduction

John Rennie Short

Publication Date - 15 November 2019

ISBN: 9780190206703

364 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

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Concise, flexible, and focused, with an emphasis on diversity between and within regions


World Regional Geography: A Short Introduction is a compact, focused, and affordable book that provides foundational materials with an emphasis on contemporary issues. The crisp text introduces students to the character of world regional geography--the distinctiveness of different parts of the world--but also the linkages and connections. Part One sets the scene: one introductory chapter discusses the opportunities and dangers in using maps, data, and different scales of analysis, while another surveys broad global trends. The second part of the book explores these trends in sharper focus in a concise geography of the major regions of the world: Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Russia and its neighbors, East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and Oceania, and North America. Each chapter examines a region's environmental context, historical geography, economic transformation, urban and rural trends, social geography and geopolitics.

Three features distinguish each regional chapter:

· Focus spotlights a unique area within each region
· Connections highlights a regional attribute that connects it to other regions
· Subregions illustrates the diversity within each region

This full-color text--featuring meticulously-crafted original maps--is ideal for instructors who prefer the versatility of a concise book with the advantage of a compelling text.

About the Author(s)

John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is the author of more than forty-eight books, including Human Geography: A Short Introduction, Second Edition (OUP, 2017).


"This is a well-written introduction to world regional geography. While some books focus slavishly on the recurring themes for each chapter, this book offers a personal touch by highlighting topics that are foundational to Dr. Short's teaching. World Regional Geography addresses the key gaps in the world regional market today."--Seth Dixon, Rhode Island College

"This book is compellingly written, concise, and critical. It presents both the uniqueness and interconnectedness of world regions with a dynamism that will be engaging for U.S. students."--Trushna Parekh, Texas Southern University

Table of Contents


    Part 1: Setting The Scene

    1. A World of Difference
    2. A Global Context

    Part 2: Regions of The World

    3. Central America and Caribbean
    4. South America
    5. Europe
    6. Russia and Its Neighbors
    7. East Asia
    8. South East Asia
    9. South Asia
    10. Middle East and North Africa
    11. Sub-Saharan Africa
    12. Australasia and Oceania
    13. North America