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Fundamentals of World Regional Geography 4th Edition

Joseph J. Hobbs

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FUNDAMENTALS OF WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY, 4th Edition brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools along with comprehensive content for one semester/quarter courses. This resource introduces students to the eight world regions, including the historical, cultural, economic, political, and physical aspects that create regional unity, give them personality, and make them newsworthy. Also available: the MindTap® interactive online learning experience, which features a variety of teaching and learning tools.

Joseph J. Hobbs, University of Missouri, Columbia

Joseph J. Hobbs received his B.A. at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1978 and his M.A and Ph.D. at the University of Texas-Austin in 1980 and 1986. He is a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a geographer of the Middle East with many years of field research on biogeography and Bedouin peoples in the deserts of Egypt. Hobbs's interests in the region grew from a boyhood lived in Saudi Arabia and India. His research in Egypt has been supported by Fulbright fellowships, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration. He served as the team leader of the Bedouin Support Program, a component of the St. Katherine National Park project in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. His current research interests are indigenous peoples participation in protected areas in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central America; human uses of caves worldwide; and the global narcotics trade. He is the author of BEDOUIN LIFE IN THE EGYPTIAN WILDERNESS and MOUNT SINAI (both University of Texas Press), co-author of THE BIRDS OF EGYPT (Oxford University Press), and co-editor of DANGEROUS HARVEST: DRUG PLANTS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF INDIGENOUS LANDSCAPES (Oxford). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in world regional geography, environmental geography, the geography of the Middle East, the geography of caves, the geography of global current events, the geographies of drugs and terrorism, and a field course on the ancient Maya geography of Belize. He has received the University of Missouri's highest teaching award, the Kemper Fellowship. In summers from 1984 to 1999, he led "adventure travel" tours to remote areas in Latin America, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Asia, Europe, and the High Arctic. Hobbs lives in Missouri with his wife Cindy, daughters Katherine and Lily, and an animal menagerie.

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  • GEOGRAPHY OF boxes feature various focal points of geography, delving into cultural specifics of each region and bringing consistent attention to issues of ethnicity, language, and religion. Some topics include, Geography of Energy, Geography of Drug Trafficking, Medical Geography, Geography of the Sacred, and Geography of Terrorism.
  • REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES illustrate the relevance of geographic issues that work their influence across all or part of a region.
  • THEMATIC MAPS centered around topics like language, religion, and ethnicity allow students to quickly draw cultural and regional comparisons.
  • PROBLEM LANDSCAPE boxes incorporate case studies on land use, water rights, boundary disputes, and other thematic conflicts to help students understand how geographic issues underlie many of the world’s most contentious problems. Topics include Dirty Diamonds, the Troubled Fields of Land Reform, and Chechnya.

Fundamentals of World Regional Geography

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Objectives and Tools of World Regional Geography.
2. Physical Processes and World Regions.
3. Human Processes and World Regions.
4. Europe.
5. Russia and the Near Abroad.
6. The Middle East and North Africa.
7. South and East Asia.
8. Oceania.
9. Sub-Saharan Africa.
10. Latin America.
11. The United States and Canada.

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