An Introduction to Economic Geography - Vol. 1

An Introduction to Economic Geography - Vol. 1

An Introduction to Economic Geography - Vol. 1

An Introduction to Economic Geography - Vol. 1

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An Introduction to Economic Geography is intended as a survey of the subject for students in their first year at college or their later years in high school. Volume I deals with the natural environment in its bearing on man's economic life, and Volume II treats of the major economic activities as related to the natural environment. Together these volumes are calculated to cover the principal facts of world economic geography, and to establish the fundamental principles of the science. Thus, while presenting a bird's-eye view of the whole subject to students who do not intend to pursue it farther, this book also lays solid foundations for more detailed and advanced study of economic geography, and for the whole elaborate superstructure of social, political, historical, and regional geography. The authors conceive the working out of the relations between natural environment and human life in the various regions of the earth to be the primary business of the geographer. Therefore explanation of the origin of the natural environment has purposely been excluded, except where it clearly helps the student to understand life-relations to the environment. It is felt that a comprehensive treatment of causes of climate, and of origins of land forms and soils, while a necessary part of the training of the professional geographer, is out of place in an elementary textbook.

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