A Geography of Manufacturing

A Geography of Manufacturing

A Geography of Manufacturing

A Geography of Manufacturing

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This book is intended to present a survey of the world's manufacturing. Most of what has been written about the geography of manufacturing consists mainly of articles and papers in numerous journals and reviews. This is, however, the first book in the field utilizing a world approach. It is written primarily as a response for those who need this information in a single source for use in this rapidly expanding field. The book does not have as its objective the transmission of new facts as much as the arrangement, into more significant patterns, of facts that are already known. An emphasis has been placed on the changing manufactural patterns and the factors that have influenced them, in the belief that the present industrial structure can best be understood in the light of evolutionary process.

The primary purpose of this volume is to serve the needs of students of geography and economics by describing and analyzing the complex areal patterns associated with manufacturing in the world. By this means it is hoped that greater knowledge of the scope of geography of manufacturing may be acquired, and further, that the factors of industrial localization will be better understood. It is the author's opinion that such a book should not employ a highly statistical approach.

The geography of manufacturing is treated both regionally and systematically in this book. An introductory chapter is devoted to the localization of manufacturing. The reader then becomes acquainted with manufacturing in the major world units. No attempt is made to discuss the manufacturing of every political unit. Rather, emphasis is placed on selected countries in order that the analysis can be more penetrating. The second part considers a geographical analysis of manufacturing of selected industries. Maps have been prepared in order to emphasize topics discussed in the text, to present geographic concepts, and to add information that could otherwise not be included.

I wish to make several specific acknowledgements. First, I wish to express my appreciation to John W. Alexander, University of Wisconsin, for his aid in preparing the introduction and chapter two. I am also greatly indebted to Alfred J. Wright, Ohio State University, for his critical reading of the entire text, and to Joseph Gregory for cartographic assistance. To Janice Wilson and Catherine McCloskey the author owes a special debt of gratitude for invaluable secretarial assistance and seemingly endless typing and retyping of the manuscript.

E. WILLARD MILLER

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