Academic journal article Geography

Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism

Academic journal article Geography

Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism

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Why Geography Matters: Three challenges facing America: Climate change, the rise of China, and global terrorism Harm de Blij Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 308pp, 15.5x23.5cm Pb: £9.99 ISBN 978-0-19-531582-0

Harm de Blij's new textbook challenges institutionalised geographic illiteracy in the most powerful nation on Earth. As Terry Eagleton puts it, in a book published the same year as the hardback, 'There are none so ignorant of geography as those with their military bases in every quarter of the planet. It is possible to have satellites which survey every square inch of the globe while producing schoolchildren who think that Malawi is a Disney character' Holy Terror, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 85).

In a series of surveys of the history and prospects of climate change, global population, China, Russia, Europe, and Africa, together with a description of the development of global terror networks, de BNj makes a convincing case for the renewal of American geographical education. …

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