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Unformatted text preview: Geography 202 section 502 Course material is available on the web: http://geog.tamu.edu/~pjhugill/ If you have problems with that go to geography.tamu.edu, to directory, to faculty, to Peter J. Hugill, and to Geography 202 For all course policies, dates etc. see course outline (on the web) My office hours are TR 4-5 pm, Eller O&M 803C, or by appt. Please e-mail me only if its urgent. If its not from a Neo account I usually wont read it! 1. Diversity amid Globalization World Regions; Demographics; Cultures; Geopolitics; Economies Five Hegemonies in 500 years (1) Portugal-mid 1500s (2) Holland-mid1600s (3) Britain I-mid 1700s (ended 1776) (4) Britain II-mid 1800s (1815-83) (5) USA-mid 1900s (1945-73) (6) USA II??? Two Types of Diversity Diversity over Space--what geographers call areal differentiation or, why different world regions differ (culture & history). Diversity over Time--or, the past is not a perfect guide to the future (although we should not ignore it!) Much of the success of leaders such as FDR & Churchill came from knowing history--failure of Hitler and Lenin for thinking they could reinvent it. The Twelve World Regions (1:15) World Regions What defines a region? Part physical, part human geography Physical regions at this scale largely defined by plate tectonics Some physical regions climatic, others based on vegetation--at sub-tectonic level Part economic, part cultural geography Part legal, part illegal trade Part political (internal), part geopolitical (external) World Trade Organization (1:10) World Trade Organization WTO Single most powerful NGO Nation-States increasingly have ceded power to supra-national political organizations (EU, NATO) & NGOs NGOs date to new nationalism of late 1800s, needed to manage resources across state boundaries (time zones came first!) World increasingly a mosaic of NGOs Reflects legal component of world-economy The Global Drug Trade (1:6) Global Illicit Trade/Terrorism Reflects that component of world-economy operated by non-state actors Slavery, prostitution, drugs, pornography were legal in past. Middle class nation-states made them increasingly illegal Terrorism is a response to the emergence of the nation-state Slavery, prostitution, drugs, pornography, & terrorism are downsides of globalization (but getting rid of globalization wont make them go away since there is demand/support for them!) Defining the Region: the Metageography of World Regions...
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