September 14, 2012
Geographic Dimensions of Human Development
The Rebels Reach Out to France
When states in the south of the United States started to secede in December of 1860,
hostilities grew and sides were taken. People were faced with de
Chapter 11: City Spaces: Urban Structure
Utility is a function of accessibility.
Isotropic surface: a hypothetical, uniform plane: flat, and with no variations in its physical attributes.
Trade-off model: a modified urban land-use model that describes how
Chapter 10: Urbanization
There are four fundamental aspects of the role of towns and cities in human economic and social
organization, according to experts:
the mobilizing function of urban settlement.
the decision-making capacity of urban settlement.
Chapter 9: Political Geographies
Geopolitics: the state's power to control space or territory and shape international political relations.
Boundaries enable territoriality to be defined and enforced and allow conflict a
Chapter 8: Food and Agriculture
Biofuels: renewable fuels derived from biological materials that can be regenerated.
In order to enact workable solutions for repairing the global food system, we must:
agree on a global governance model that will make hun
Chapter 7: Geographies of Economic Development
Economic development refers to processes of change involving the nature and composition of the
economy of a particular reason as well as to increases in the overall prosperity of a region. These
Chapter 6: Interpreting Places and Landscapes
Postmodernity: view of the world that emphasizes an openness to a range of perspectives in social
inquiry, artistic expression, and political empowerment.
Territoriality: the persistent attachment of individua
Chapter 5: Cultural Geographies
Simple definitions of culture:
A particular way of life, such as a set of skilled activities, values, and meanings surrounding a
particular type of practice.
Classical standards and aesthetic excellence in, for example, o
Chapter 4: People and Nature
environmental determinism nature, through its grand force and subtle expressions, limits or
Society also shapes and controls nature, largely through technology and social institut
Chapter 3: Population Geography
Census: count of the number of people in a country, region, or city.
not just a practical undertaking, but also a political undertaking
Gender: social differences between men and women rather than the anatomical difference
Chapter 2: The Changing Global Context
First agricultural revolution: transition form hunter-gatherer groups to agricultural-based
minisystems that were both more extensive and more stable.
Began in the early Stone Age (Proto-Neolithic) period between 90
Chapter 1: Geography Matters
Place: specific geographic setting with distinctive physical, social, and cultural attributes.
Region: Larger-sized territory that encompasses many places, all or most of which share similar
attributes in comparison with the a
Edward Glaeser talks about the differences between living in New York City and living in Houston,
Texas. Although you might make slightly less income in Houston, after calculating necessities and
other costs, people living in Houston have mor
Francis Fukuyama argues that it is now (in 1989) the end of history as we know it. He argues
that the world is increasingly moving toward a homogeneous acceptance of liberalism. The two
greatest rivals to liberalism, fascism and communism, ar
Thomas Friedman, in the first chapter of his book, The World is Flat, shows the examples in
which the search for cheaper, faster, and more efficient services and goods results in a new age where
the playing field is leveled and the dominant force of the w
William Cronon writes to dispel the common myth of nature, believing that only in enlightening
people of what nature really is can allow them to understand how best to treat it. It is not, he says, the
only part of the world that hasn't been touched by hu
Le Corbusier first brings up technology and the advancement of machines. He claims that instead of
helping us by making things easier, we become slaves to the machines. We work more because of the
advancements, rather than letting the machine
March 21, 2010
From Teaholic to Teasopher: the Journey of Ceylon Tea to Carytown
Although coffee has been a staple drink for many worldwide, I personally have always preferred
Ceylon tea. Tea (Cameillia Sinensis) has be