Latin America and the Caribbean: A Systematic and Regional Survey, 6th Edition

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Updated and revised with many new detailed maps and photographs, this sixth edition enables geographers to explore the changes and major issues facing this dynamic region today. The historical material has been streamlined in order to focus on contemporary issues. Key environmental issues are highlighted in new boxes throughout the chapters. The Systematic surveys have been restructured. New profiles of Latin American countries and major issues are also covered. This approach will help geographers visit the dynamic people and places of Latin America.

Table of Contents

Introducing Latin America
Political Stability
Modernizing Trends
Defining Latin America
Export Economies
Democracy and Development
Overview of Systemic Chapters
Overview of Regional Chapters
Review Questions
Systematic Survey
Physical Environments And Environmental Issues
Latin America in the Global Environmental System
Environmental History
Environmental Hazards
Tectonic Plates and Structural Regions
Major Climate and Vegetation Regions
Air Masses and Atmospheric Circulation
Distribution of Precipitation
Soil Types
Natural Vegetation Types
River Systems
Environmental Determinism
Sustainable Development
Latin America and Global Warming
Review Questions
Historical And Cultural Geography
1491: Early American Peoples, Economies and Societies
Farming in 1491
The Shaping of the Atlantic World
Centers of European Conquest and Settlement
Impact of Encounter and Colonial Rule
Columbian Exchange
Economy and Society
Colonial Transport Patterns
Urban Patterns
Cultural Patterns and Cultural Landscapes
The Age of Revolution: New Political Geographies
Economic Booms in the Nineteenth Century
Review Question
International Relations And Global Affairs
The Origins of Boundaries and Countries
Relations between Latin American States
Latin America and the United States
Impact of World War I
The Great Depression
World War II
The Cold War
ISI in the 1960s - Stagflation in the 1970s - the Lost Decade of the 1980s - Growth in the 1990s
More U.S. Interventions
The End of the Cold War
Post Nine Eleven (9/11)
Review Questions
People And Society
Introduction: Change since 1945
Population Density
The Demographic Transition
Population Migration
Living Standards: Quality and Inequality
Women and Society
Education in Latin America
National Identities, Ethnicity and Race
Indigenous Issues
Review Questions
Evolving Economies And Globilaztion
Economic Policies
Sectors of the Economy
The Primary Sector
The Manufacturing Sector
The Service Sector
International Economic Groupings in Latin America
Review Questions
The Contemporary City
Urban Growth since 1950
Migration to the City
Life in the City
Review Questions
Models Of Urban Structure
Regional Survey: Middle America
Caribbean Contrasts
Physical Environments and Hazards
The Making of the Island Caribbean
The Contemporary Caribbean
The Greater Antilles
The Lesser Antilles
Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (Guyane
Review Questions
Modernizing Mexico
The Ties that Bind
Physical Landscapes and Environmental Pressures
Origins of the Contemporary Landscape
Regions of Mexico
The Independent North
The Central Metropolitan Axis
The Southern Poverty Belt
Challenges to Modernity
Review Questions
Central America: The Search For Unity
Physical Environment
Origins of the Contemporary Landscape
The Modern Era
El Salvador
Costa Rica
Panama and the Panama Canal
Review Questions
Regional Survey: South America
Andean America
The Central Andes: Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia
The Southern Andes: Chile
Review Questions
Brazil And Brazilian Amazonia
The Physical Background
Historical Development
Political Economy
The Agricultural Economy
Social Geography
Regional Disparity
Political Issues
Brazilian Amazonia: The Physical Setting
Human Ecology: The Place of Humankind in the Amazonian Biosphere
Recent Human Activity
Problems and Promise of Amazonia
Review Questions
Argentina, Uruguay, And Paraguay
Physical Geography
Review Questions
Further Reading
Photo Credits
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