Using the story of “the West and the world” as its backdrop, this book provides for beginning students a clear and concise introduction to Human Geography, including its key concepts, seminal thinkers and their theories, contemporary debates, and celebrated case studies. The author explores the significance of the rise, reign, and faltering of the West from the fifteenth century in the shaping of the key demographic, environmental, social, economic, political, and cultural processes active in the world today. He documents important thinkers, debates, and theories in an accessible manner, and includes a rich variety of case studies examining the ways in which geographical processes operate in both Western and non-Western societies, including those in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As a relatively short and inexpensive text, this book can be adopted alongside a reader or used alongside readings selected by the instructor. It is armed with an array of pedagogical resources, including learning objectives, essay questions, checklists summarizing key ideas, guidance for further reading, and a glossary. An accompanying website includes chapter-by-chapter PowerPoint slides, a multiple choice exam paper, and additional essay-style exam questions for instructors, alongside links to further learning resources and biographies of key figures in the field.
1. Human Geography: A Brief History
2. Watersheds in Human History: Humanity’s Triumph over Nature?
3. Continental Drift: Geographies of Development
4. Geographies of the World Capitalist Economy
5. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers: Nation States, Empires, and Geopolitics
6. Magical Recipes: Developing the Global South
7. The West in the Cultural Landscape: On Civilized Spaces and Unruly Places
8. Towards 11 Billion People? The Modern Rise in World Population from 1750
9. A Planet in Distress? Humanity’s War on the Earth
10. Homo Urbanus: Urbanization and Urban Form from 1800
11. Global Migration: Moving, Settling, Staying Connected
12. At Risk: Society and Natural Hazards
13. Towards a Postcolonial Human Geography