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Contemporary Human Geography



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Amazing Textbook .  March 29, 2011

I bought this textbook because it was required for my college Human Geography class. Each chapter has around 20 pages of condensed information separated into nine sections along with a chapter summery and a list of terms. There are a ton of pictures and graphs throughout the book as well, which is definitely helpful because it keeps your attention on the information. The textbook was shipped super fast and pricing was very reasonable. Being a college student, I shop around for the best deals for my textbooks and this was by far the best.

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For courses in Human Geography. This innovative new textbook explores current human geography in the bold visual style that distinguishes Dorling Kindersley (DK) publications. Thinking Geographically; Population; Migration; Culture; Language; Religion; Ethnicity; Political Geography; Development; Agriculture; Industry; Settlements and Services; Urban Patterns; Resource Issues.

Essential topics within each chapter are organized into self-contained two-page spreads; eliminating all excess verbiage, the narrative has been constructed around the illustrative material. Together with the graphics, Rubensteinís clear and efficient writing engages students, presenting complex information without sacrificing the high-quality geography essential to students and instructors.

An interesting reference for anyone interested in learning more about human geography.

Author Biography

Dr. James M. Rubenstein received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. His dissertation on French urban planning was later developed into a book entitled The French New Towns (Johns Hopkins University Press). In 1976 he joined the faculty at Miami University, where he is currently Professor of Geography. Besides teaching courses on Urban and Human Geography and writing textbooks, Dr. Rubenstein also conducts research in the automotive industry and has published two books on the subject entitled The Changing U.S. Auto Industry: A Geographical Analysis (Routledge) and Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Auto Industry (The Johns Hopkins University Press). 

Table of Contents

Thinking Geographically
The history of geography
The science of geography
Reading maps
Contemporary mapping tools
Places: Unique locations
Regions: Unique areas
Scale: Global patterns
Space: Distribution of features
Connections between places
Population concentrations
Population density
Components of growth
Fertility and morality
The demographic transition
Declining birth rates
The epidemiological transition
Global health threats
Reasons to migrate
Characteristics of migrants
Global migration patterns
Guest workers
US immigration patterns
Immigrants to US
Immigration issues
Migration between regions
Migration within region
Origin and diffusion of folk culture
Origin and diffusion of popular culture
Popular media
Uniform landscape
Environmental damage
Classifying languages
Distribution of languages
Indo-european languages
Origin and diffusion of English
English dialects
Global dominance of english
Multilingual states
Preserving endangered languages
French and Spanish in North America
Classifying religions
Distribution of religions
Distribution of US religions
Geographic origin of religions
Diffusion of religions
Religious structures
The calendar
The middle east
US ethnic distribution
African-American migration
Ethnicity and race
Transforming ethnicities into nationalities
Nation-states and multinational states
Combining and dividing ethnicities
Ethnic cleansing
The Balkans
Political Geography
Defining states
Development of states
Shapes of states
Boundaries between states
Boundaries inside states
Electoral geography
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