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Latin America and the Caribbean: A Systematic and Regional Survey

By: Brian W Blouet (Author), Olwyn M Blouet (Author)

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Jan 2015 | Edition: 7 | #221991 | ISBN-13: 9781118729847
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Updated and revised with many new detailed maps and photographs, this seventh edition enables geographers to explore the changes andmajor issues facing this dynamic region today. The historicalmaterial has been streamlined in order to focus on contemporaryissues. A new chapter was written to focus on Brazil and the Amazonia region. Key environmental issues are highlighted in new boxes throughout the chapters.


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Contents

Concise table of contents:

Chapter 1 Introducing Latin America
Chapter 2 Changing Physical Environments
Chapter 3 Cultural and Historical Geography
Chapter 4 International Relations and Global Affairs
Chapter 5 People and Society
Chapter 6 Diversifying Economies
Chapter 7 The Contemporary City
Chapter 8 Transportation
Chapter 9 Caribbean Contrasts
Chapter 10 Modernizing Mexico
Chapter 11 Central America
Chapter 12 Andean Countries in the Tropics: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia
Chapter 13 Brazil
Chapter 14 Amazonia
Chapter 15 The Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay

Glossary
Further Reading
Photo Credits
Index


Detailed table of contents:

Chapter 1 Introducing Latin America


Overview of Systematic Chapters

Overview of Regional Chapters

Chapter 2 Changing Physical Environments

Environmental Change

A Diversity of Environments

Environmental History

Environmental Hazards

Tectonic Plates and Structural Regions

An Aerial View

Structure, Relief, and Topography

Weather and Climate

Major Climate and Vegetation Regions

Air Masses and Atmospheric Circulation

Distribution of Precipitation

Soil Types

Natural Vegetation Types

River Systems

Environmental Determinism

Scientific Expeditions

Sustainable Development

Latin America and Climate Change

Chapter 3 Cultural and Historical Geography

Introduction

Landscapes and Lifestyles at the Encounter

Civilizations

The Shaping of the Atlantic World

Impact of Encounter and Colonial Rule

The Age of Revolution

Economic Booms

Chapter 4 International Relations and Global Affairs

Boundary Disputes

Geopolitics

Relations Between Latin American States

Latin America and the United States

Impact of World War I

The Great Depression

World War II

The Cold War

ISI in the 1960s, Stagflation in the 1970s, the Lost Decade of the 1980s, and Growth in the 1990s

The End of the Cold War

Drug Wars

Chapter 5 People and Society

A Demographic Transformation

Urban Populations: Rank-Size Rule and Primacy

Population Migration

Living Standards: Quality and Inequality

Women and Society

Education in Latin America

National Identities, Ethnicity, and Race

Indigenous Issues

Summary

Chapter 6 Diversifying Economies

Introduction

Economic Policies

Sectors of the Economy

The Primary Sector

The Manufacturing Sector

The Service Sector

International Economic Groupings in Latin America

Summary

Chapter 7 The Contemporary City

Introduction

Urban Growth

Migration to the City

Life in the City

Challenges

Summary

Chapter 8 Transportation

Introduction

Premodern Transport Networks

From Rails to Highways

Transportation in a Global Economy

Latin America’s Transport Futures

Chapter 9 Caribbean Contrasts

Introduction

Physical Environments and Hazards

The Contemporary Caribbean

The Greater Antilles

The Lesser Antilles

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (Guyane)

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (Guyane)

Summary

Chapter 10 Modernizing Mexico

Introduction

Two Mexicos

Physical Landscapes and Environmental Pressures

Origins of the Contemporary Landscape

Regions of Mexico

The Independent North

The Central Metropolitan Axis

The Southern Poverty Belt

Challenges to Modernity

Chapter 11 Central America

Introduction

Striving for Unity

Physical Environment

Origins of the Contemporary Landscape

The Modern ERA

Summary

Chapter 12 Andean Countries in the Tropics: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia

Physical Characteristics of Northern Andean Countries

Socioeconomic Characteristics

Venezuela

Colombia

Ecuador

Peru

Bolivia

Chapter 13 Brazil

Introduction: Brazil in the Americas

Urban Landscapes

Geographic Inequality

Cultural Landscapes

Regional Identity

Patterns of Economic Geography

Summary

Chapter 14 Amazonia

Introduction

Physical Geography

Human Geography

History of Occupation

The Opening Up of the Region

The People of the Amazon Basin

Urban Places in Amazonia

Reforestation, Environmental Conservation, and Ecosystem Services

The Future of Amazonia

Chapter 15 The Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay

Introduction

Physical Geography

Cultural Geographies

Chile

Southern Chile

Paraguay

Uruguay

Summary

GLOSSARY

FURTHER READING

PHOTO CREDITS

INDEX


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