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Human Geography. An Essential Introduction. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 5185292
  • Book
  • March 2021
  • 544 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Revised, Extended, and Extensively Updated Text Uses Historical Geographical and Thematic Approach to Provide Undergraduates with a Firm Foundation in Human Geography

Drawing on nearly three decades of instructional experience and a wealth of testing pedagogical innovations with students, Professor Mark Boyle has updated and expanded this engaging and comprehensive introduction to Human Geography. As with the First Edition, Boyle follows the premise that “history makes geography,” and that the key to studying the principal demographic, social, political, economic, cultural and environmental processes of any region in the world today is to look at how the region affected and still affects the rise, reign, and decline of the West.

The book covers key concepts, seminal thinkers, and influential texts in the field. Using a historical geographical framework and attentive to post-colonial concerns reverberating within the discipline, it examines inter-alia the history of human geography, environmental history, and key concerns in economic geography, political geography, social and cultural geography, population geography, development geography, Urban Geography, Society and Nature relations, the geography of migration, Hazards Research, although designed for the beginner student, Boyle does not shy away from ideas and debates often avoided in introductory courses, clearly communicating even sophisticated theory without condescension. In addition, Boyle strives to place Human Geography in its larger academic context, discussing the influence of the field on related areas such as Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Regional Studies, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Science, and others.

Notable features in the Second Edition include:

  • Extensive revision and updating of coverage of key ideas and debates in human geography today.
  • Revisions of case studies from the First Edition and replacement of less relevant studies with the very latest research
  • New chapter on development policy and uneven geographical development at different scales
  • A coda on Covid-19s geographies
  • New learning resources (figures, tables, plates, maps, etc.) added throughout the text
  • Each chapter includes learning objectives, essay questions, checklists summarizing key ideas, and guidance for further reading
  • Updated and expanded companion website with chapter-by-chapter PowerPoint slides, a multiple-choice exam paper, and additional essay-style exam questions in addition to links to resources and biographies of important figures in the field

Human Geography: An Essential Introduction is an excellent foundational text for undergraduate courses in Human Geography, globalization, urban studies, regional studies, and wider social science programs.

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List of Figures

List of Plates

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List of Abbreviations

The Essential Guide to Reading The Second Edition Of Human Geography A Concise Introduction

1 Introducing Human Geography

2 Human Geography: A Brief History

3 Big History: Watersheds In Human History

4 The Commanding Heights: A Brief History of the European World Capitalist Economy From 1450

5 Power: The Governmental Machine of the West

6 Worlds Of Meaning: Power, Landscape and Place

7 (Under)Development: Challenging Inequalities Globally

8 10,000,000,000: 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 The Walling of the West: Migration, Hospitality and Settling

12 At Risk: Hazards, Society And Resilience

13 Remaking The West, Remaking Human Geography

Coda on COVID-19



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Mark Boyle National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
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