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Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, 17th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-30189-9
600 pages
November 2016, ©2017
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With exceptional content, the 17th edition of Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, maintains its position as the market-leading world regional geography title, with a new twist—a new lead author and new contributors who bring fresh and modern perspectives. The new edition specifically brings emphasis to urban geography and spatial techniques through new content features and Geographic Information Analysis (GIA) Modules. With its refined narrative and dynamic resources, Regions provides a great digital experience, giving students the ability to learn and explore world regional geography both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Author Information

Jan Nijman is the founding director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University (GSU) where he holds the position of Distinguished University Professor, Geosciences. A native of the Netherlands, Nijman received his M.A. degree in geography from the University of Amsterdam, and his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining GSU, he spearheaded urban research and teaching programs at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Miami. He presently holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Peter O. Muller was born in England and grew up in New York City. He received his B.A. from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. After 14 years on the faculties of Villanova and Temple Universities, in 1980 he moved from the Philadelphia area to become Professor (and Department Chair for the next 20 years) of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He became Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2016, a year that also marked the 40th anniversary of his still unfolding career as a Wiley author.

Harm J. de Blij
The late John A. Hannah Professor of Geography,
Michigan State University
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New to This Edition

  • Contributors bring modern perspectives, and technology expertise to this edition. Specifically, Michael Shin, a specialist in GIS brings his expertise to the new GIA Modules; Richard Grant, an Africanist, brings a fresh perspective to the Africa chapters; and Ann-Margaret Esnard, an urban geographer, has contributed new content around urban planning.
  • GIA Modules powered by ESRI and ArcGIS, allow students to immediately interact with geography, rather than simply memorizing information. These modules are specifically designed to heighten geographical knowledge, increase spatial awareness and engage students in critical thinking.
  • Restructured Chapters provide a more concise and streamlined coverage of each region within one chapter. Also, the Regional chapters now begin with North America. 
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The Wiley Advantage

  • WileyPLUS Learning Space is an easy way for students to learn, collaborate, and grow. Students can create a personalized study plan, assess progress along the way, and make deeper connections with the course material and each other. This collaborative learning environment provides immediate insight into strengths and problem areas through a combination of dynamic course materials and visual reports so that both you and your students can act on what’s most important.
  • WileyPLUS Learning Space with ORION provides students a personal, adaptive learning experience so they can build their proficiency on topics and use their study time most effectively. Using WileyPLUS Learning Space and ORION, students are able to learn complex geographic concepts more efficiently than just reading alone.


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