Companion Encyclopedia of Geography: The Environment and Humankind

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Ian Douglas, Richard John Huggett, Mike Robinson
Taylor & Francis, 2002 - Political Science - 1021 pages
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The Companion Encyclopedia of Geographyprovides an authoritative and provocative source of reference for all those concerned with the earth and its people. Examining both physical and human geography and charting human activities within their habitat up to the present day, this Companionalso asks what lies in the future:
* A differentiated world
* A world transformed by the growth of a global economy
* The global scale of habitat modification
* A world of questions
* Changing worlds, changing geographies
* Geographical futures.
The forty-five self contained chapters are bound into a unifying whole by the editors' general and part introductions; each chapter provides details of the most useful sources of further reading and research, and the volume is concluded with a comprehensive index.
This is an invaluable resource not only for students, teachers and researchers in the academic domain but also professionals in interested commercial and public-sector organisations.
 

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Contents

Planet Earth
15
The everchanging climate
44
The biosphere
67
Human evolution
86
The geography of language
107
Religion nature and origins
120
The modification of the earth by humans in preindustrial times
137
A WORLD TRANSFORMED BY THE GROWTH OF A GLOBAL ECONOMY
157
Ocean uses environment and management
508
Water confronting the critical dilemma
526
Surface instability and human modification in geomorphic systems
553
The tropical rain forest
573
Humanitys resources
599
Environmental hazards
620
The sustainability of sustenance land and agricultural production in the Third World
651
Famines and surplus in world food production
677

Introduction
159
European settlement 14501750
162
European expansion and land cover transformation
182
The origins of the capitalist world economy
206
Industrialization and world agriculture
228
Changes in global demography
249
Origins of modern environmentalism
274
The saviour city beneficial effects of urbanization in England and Wales
293
From a cultural world to a political one
310
THE GLOBAL SCALE OF HABITAT MODIFICATION
327
Introduction
329
Unity and division in global political geography
332
The geography of conflicts and the prospects for peace
353
A new geoeconomy patterns processes problems
370
Third World urbanization
391
From riches to rags the international debt crisis
408
Monitoring modelling and mothering the environment the impact of science and technology since the Second World War
430
Environmentalism on the move
449
A WORLD OF QUESTIONS
477
Introduction
479
Climatic variation and global change
482
The nature of Third World cities
702
Western cities and their problems
730
Changing countrysides
752
The quality of life human welfare and social justice
772
CHANGING WORLDS CHANGING GEOGRAPHIES
791
Introduction
793
The expansion and fragmentation of geography in higher education
794
Achievements of spatial science
818
Geography and humanism in the late twentieth century
837
Structural themes in geographical discourse
860
Challenging the boundaries survival and change in a gendered world
888
Place
906
GEOGRAPHICAL FUTURES
923
Introduction
925
Concern for geography a case for equal emphasis of the geographical traditions
926
Home and world cosmopolitanism and ethnicity key concepts in contemporary human geography
939
Palaeoenvironmental narrative and scenario science
952
Geographical futures some personal speculations
965
Index
974
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About the author (2002)

Ian Douglas, one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, and the ongoing Star Carrier and Star Corpsman series. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

Robinson is with the University of Northumbria.

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