The authors provide a basic geographic overview of the world and each major geographic region, providing insights about the geographic character of specific regions to show how they establish a setting for tourism.
Cultural Geography emphasizes the nature of the human/environment relationship as it varies over time and across space. This text is organized around five main themes: culture, cultural history, cultural ecology, cultural landscape, and cultural regions. All five themes are discussed in each chapter. An abundance of maps, charts, and photographs can be found throughout.
This textbook is designed to introduce readers to the geographic characteristics of our interconnected world at the end of the twentieth century.... The content of [this book] is designed to acquaint readers with the basic geographic facts and resulting relationships that contribute to the uniqueness of major world regions.... The text [first] deals with basic concepts: the contrast between rich and poor, the character and challenge of physical environments, human populations and their growth, and regional variations in economic systems. [It then] examines the regions with a high standard of living and quality of life. These are highly industrialized nations of Europe, Anglo-America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the countries created from the Soviet Union. [Finally it] deals with those regions that have been variously referred to, collectively, as the Third World, the Developing World, the less industrialized world, or even sometimes the region of underdevelopment. -Pref.
The Third Edition of this well-received geography text maintains the approach of previous editions, describing how and why geographic factors create broad global contrasts. There are more maps, vignettes, and case studies plus increased coverage of Africa, Latin America and Asia. Each chapter contains an overview covering all new concepts. Key terms are defined as they appear and all statistics have been updated into the mid-1980s.