Understanding World Regional Geography, 2nd Edition
Regional boundaries are determined by the homogeneity and cohesiveness of the section. The text covers the regions and realms well and includes basic coverage for lower division courses. Some important issues for specific regions are missing, such as traditional agricultural methods, and explaining issues with tropical soils and deforestation, in the chapter on South America. All of the sections within each chapter allows an instructor to assign specific pages to cover important topics from the table of contents.
However, there should be an index to reference specific topics and terms. The legends in figures 6.7 and 6.13 from the Sub-Saharan Africa chapter are hard to see unless the maps are downloaded separately. However, the majority of maps within the book are easy read and have effective color usage to show differences among various countries/regions. The content is mostly accurate and contains the correct information for specific terms. The climates are accurate in each chapter giving a brief description as to why each realm contains these specific zones. The historical events and cultural phenomena for each realm are explained in detail.
I’m not sure how we can overcome that in the open-access format, but I’m open to suggestions and searching for answers. I like that bolded concepts can be clicked and defined without navigating away from the main text. Second, the definitions are awfully brief and not particularly helpful on their own.
It covers the world in a fairly standard regionalization and provides material on different dimensions of culture in each chapter. The introductory chapter could go a little more into the melding of physical and human geography and the geographic approach. Because she relies on open source mapping, her chapters vary widely in the quality of graphics and even similar topics use maps that don’t match.
Lines of latitude and longitude allow any absolute location on the earth to have an identifiable address of degrees north or south and east or west, which allows geographers to accurately locate, measure, and study spatial activity. Lydia Mihelicˇ Pulsipher is a cultural-historical geographer who studies the landscapes and lifeways of ordinary people through the lenses of archaeology, geography, and ethnography. She has contributed to several geography-related exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., including “Seeds of Change,” which featured the research she and Conrad Goodwin did in the eastern Caribbean. Lydia Pulsipher has ongoing research projects in the eastern Caribbean and in central Europe, where she is interested in various aspects of the post-Communist transition and social inclusion policies in the European Union.
Some colleges and universities house this portion of Geography quite naturally within their Geography Departments; however, other schools have separate Earth Science Departments to study these topics. The second part of the course deals with rural settlement, beginning with the Red River Settlement and proceeding to the main homesteading period from 1870 to 1930. In the third part of the course, emphasis is given to economic development in northern Manitoba, flood control works in the Red River Valley, and aspects of Winnipeg’s growth, relative decline, and ethnic mix. After an introduction to the general geographic delineation of a region, each of the “realm” sections start with a focus on historical geography, thereby setting a linear stage for contemporary geography. Even as the book primarily utilizes “Core-periphery” to to frame subject conversations, it continues to weave historical context into the narrative. The interface of the textbook in its online format was very clear and easy to use.