Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever

Paperback | August 31, 2012

byHarm de Blij

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In recent years our world has seen transformations of all kinds: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict inEquatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. Is there some way we can get our minds around these disparate global upheavals, to grasp these events and their interconnections, and place our turbulent world in a moreunderstandable light? Acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one word: geography. In this revised edition of the immensely popular and influential Why Geography Matters, de Blij tackles topics from the burgeoning presence of China to the troubling disarray of the European Union, from the dangerous nuclear ambitions of North Korea to the revolutionary Arab Spring. By improving ourunderstanding of the world's geography, de Blij shows, we can better respond to the events around us, and better prepare ourselves to face the global challenges ahead. Peppering his writing with anecdotes from his own professional travels, de Blij expands upon his original argument, offering anupdated work that is as engaging as it is eye-opening. Casual students of geography and professional policy-makers alike will benefit from this stimulating and crucial perspective on geography and the way it shapes our world's events. America, de Blij warns, has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence. Indeed, despite increasing global interconnectivity and rapid change, Americans seem to be less informed and less knowledgeable about the rest of the world than ever. In this compelling volume, deBlij shows why this dispiriting picture must change, and change now.

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In recent years our world has seen transformations of all kinds: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict inEquatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an ...

Harm de Blij is John A. Hannah Professor at Michigan State University. He was the popular Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America" for seven years, worked at NBC News as Geography Analyst, and was the writer of and commentator for the original PBS Series "The Power of Place." The author of over 30 books, he is an honorary life...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceWhy Geography Matters... More Than Ever!Reading Maps and Facing ThreatsEarth's Changeable EnvironmentsClimate and CivilizationA Future Geography of Human PopulationThe Mesh of CivilizationsRed Star Rising: China's Geopolitical GauntletTerrorism's Widening CircleFrom Terrorism to InsurgencyEuropean Superpower?Russia: Trouble on the Eastern FrontHope for Africa?Epilogue