political geography

RESOURCE: AP HuGe Recommended Texts

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following list is taken from the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide. The list looks a little dated, nevertheless, the authors have updated versions of their texts. ———————– Textbooks de Blij, H. J., and Alexander B. Murphy. Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space. 7th ed. New York: John Wiley, 2003. Fellmann, Jerome D., Arthur Getis, and Judith Getis. Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G., and Mona Domosh. The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography. 9th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2003. Knox, Paul L., and Sallie A. Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004. Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley, 2004. Norton, William. Human Geography. 5th ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2004. [...]

NEWS via National Geographic: Behind the Headlines: History and Geography Help Explain Ukraine Crisis

February 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Behind the Headlines: History and Geography Help Explain Ukraine Crisis The country rests precariously between East and West. A woman wipes away tears as she walks away from a memorial in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. PHOTOGRAPH BY DARKO BANDIC, AP Eve Conant for National Geographic PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 24, 2014 Charged with the mass killings of civilians, Ukraine’s recently ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, is now on the lam. Last November Yanukovych touched off months of deadly protests in the capital of Kiev and other cities by caving into pressure from the country’s former overlords in Moscow and shelving a landmark trade deal with the European Union. Dozens of citizens died last week in clashes with police and security forces in Kiev. On Saturday evening, the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove Yanukovych from his post as president. The new government has now issued a warrant for the president’s arrest, but his exact whereabouts are unknown. [...]

News via Wired.com: How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories

February 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keywords: Boundary disputes; Toponyms (place-names); Delineate; Define; Demarcate; Metes-and-Bounds; State Shapes; Maritime Boundaries; Maps; GPS; Political Geography. (¯`·._.·(¯`·._.·(¯`·._.· Article Below ·._.·´¯)·._.·´¯)·._.·´¯) How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories BY GREG MILLER 01.24.14 6:30 AM When the United States decides to recognize a new government, or an existing country changes its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the State Department spring into action. Dillon heads the Geographical Information Unit, which is responsible for ensuring the boundaries and names on government maps reflect U.S. policy. The team also keeps an eye on border skirmishes and territorial disputes throughout the world and makes maps that are used in negotiating treaties and truces. These days, Dillon says, maritime borders are where much of the action is. (The recent political squabbling and military posturing between China and Japan over the tiny islands [...]

NEWS Reblog: The Red Badge of Geopolitics: Remembering D-Day from a Geopolitical Perspective

June 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Red Badge of Geopolitics: Remembering D-Day from a Geopolitical Perspective. The original article can be found at the blog link above. Topics: Political Geography, geopolitics, rimland theory, heartland theory The Red Badge of Geopolitics: Remembering D-Day from a Geopolitical Perspective “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island Who rules the World-Island commands the World” -MacKinder Too often, we learn of history as a narrative. History has become a subject dominated by anecdotal evidence and non sequiturs. As a result, important facts become eclipse and their significance diminishes. D-Day, too, falls victim to this historical revision. So let us take some time to discover what geopolitical lessons we can glean on the 69th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. When the Nazis seize control of Germany, they sought to acquire “living space”. They fully believed in the heartland theory. The heartland theory states [...]
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