Geography 150, Fall 2010
Things to Know from the Text (Chapters 8, 9, 10)
What is a sovereign state?
How many were there in the 1940s?
How many does the UN recognize today?
A state that has independence from control of its internal affairs by other states.
49 sovereign states in 1940; increased to 192 in 2006
Is Korea one state or two?
What happened to cause the confusion?
Is North Korea or South Korea (or both)
a member state of the UN?
Korea is two states; confused because they got separated in after WWII.
Both are in the UN as
Is Taiwan a sovereign state?
Why or why not?
Does the US recognize Taiwan as sovereign?
Does the UN?
According to China, Taiwan is not sovereign, but a part of China.
IT arose during the civil war in
China during the late 1940s between the nationalists and the Communists.
After losing, nationalist
leaders fled to Taiwan.
Nationalists proclaimed they were the leaders of China, when they would
defeat the Communists in the future.
They wanted to govern one side of the country and they regard
themselves as a sovereign independent state, but China viewed this as a departure from the
arrangement with the two.
What is the situation with Western Sahara?
Who controls it today?
Is it a sovereign state?
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is considered by most African countries as sovereign state.
Morocco claims the territory and has built a wall to keep out rebels.
Spain controlled the territory on
the continents west coast between Morocco and Mauritania until withdrawing.
The two countries
annexed part of Sahara and then Morocco took it all. Morocco controls most of the populated area but
Polisario Front operated in the deserts.
Who controls the land at the South Pole?
Who controls the Arctic/North Pole?
Why are either of any
South pole is claimed by Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, the UK; The
Antarctic Treaty provides that research stations can be established for scientific investigations, but no
military; rich in energy resources
THE FUCKING ARTIC/NORTH POLE ARENT IN THE FUCKING BOOK.
Very generally, what is the history of statehood?
What and where was the Fertile Crescent, and what role did
it play in the development of states?
Development of states can be traced to ancient Middle East, Fertile Crescent; dividing the world
started in Europe.
Fertile Crescent formed an arc between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean
What is a city-state?
The first states to evolve were known as city-states, a sovereign state that comprises a town and the
surrounding country side.
How far did the Roman Empire extend, when did it collapse, and why?
Roman empire controlled most of Europe, North Africa, and Southwest Asia, from modern day Spain