Why Geography Matters

Three Challenges Facing America : Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism
De Blij, Harm J. (Book - 2005 )
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Why Geography Matters

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Over the next half century, the human population, divided by culture and economics and armed with weapons of mass destruction, will expand to nearly 9 billion people. Abrupt climate change may throw the global system into chaos; China will emerge as a superpower; and Islamic terrorism and insurgency will threaten vital American interests. How can we understand these and other global challenges? Harm de Blij has a simple answer: by improving our understanding of the world's geography. De Blij demonstrates how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world. Centuries ago a surge of climate change halted China's maritime plans; more recently, environmental calamity altered the course of geopolitical events in East Asia; today, terrorists look for failed and malfunctioning states to base their operations--and some of these are in our own hemisphere. Preparing for climate change, averting a cold war with China, defeating terrorism: all of this requires geographic knowledge. In Why Geography Matters, de Blij makes an urgent call to restore geography to America's educational curriculum. He shows how and why the U.S. has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence--and demonstrates that this geographic illiteracy is a direct risk to America's national security. In this personal and engaging book, de Blij provides a geographer's perspective on the challenges of this new century. As he states, "We are crossing the threshold to a century that will witness massive environmental change, major population shifts, persistent civilizational conflicts [and] while geographic knowledge by itself cannot solve these problems, they will not be effectively approached without it."
Authors: De Blij, Harm J.
Title: Why geography matters
three challenges facing America : climate change, the rise of China, and global terrorism
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2005
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. :,maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Harm de Blij
ISBN: 0195183010
Branch Call Number: 909.83 D286w 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-286) and index
Subject Headings: United States Social conditions 21st century United States Politics and government 2001-2009 China Politics and government 2002- Climaticchanges History 21st century Terrorism History 21st century Human geography United States History 21st century
Topical Term: Climaticchanges
Human geography
LCCN: 2004030369
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In this personal and engaging book, the late geographer provides a perspective on the challenges of the 21st century, demonstrating how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world.

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