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Title:
North Africa and the Middle East
ISBN:
9780791081457
Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, c2006.
Physical Description:
vii, 120 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents:
A diverse environment -- The natural landscape -- Climate and ecosystems -- The cradle of civilization -- Western influence -- Population and settlement -- Cultural geography -- A troubled region looks ahead.
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In this useful reference to the geography of North Africa and the Middle East, students can find information about the economic, social, and political influences that affect this diverse region. On both a local and global scale, North Africa and the Middle East explores the areas bordering the southern and eastern Mediterranean Sea, from Morocco in the west to Iran in the east. It was in this region where humankind first developed cities along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in present-day Iraq, and where some of the world s most powerful empires and civilizations rose and fell thousands of years ago. This region is also the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. And religion, along with the power struggle over oil, has served to make the area a tinderbox between its more conservative inhabitants and the Western nations that have played a part in the region s development since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. Some of these changes are political, ethnic, religious, and demographic in nature and lend variation to a culture that might otherwise be perceived as homogeneous. In this one-volume reference, students and teachers of geography will come to know North Africa and the Middle East, from the inside out.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This detailed volume discusses how geography has influenced the history and culture of this part of the world. It covers the entire region, rather than individual countries, and includes chapters on the environment as a whole, climate and ecosystems, and population and settlement. Individual sections within chapters focus on how factors such as the presence of natural resources have affected where and how people live. The chapter entitled "The Cradle of Civilization" discusses the many ancient peoples who lived here, including the Sumerians, Hittites, Hyksos, Assyrians, and ancient Egyptians, and how the environment shaped their cultures. The authors are particularly diligent about encouraging critical thinking on subjects such as census data, demographics, and population density, and dispelling popular stereotypes. The final chapter, "A Troubled Region Looks Ahead," is a fairly evenhanded summary of the major issues. The book includes numerous high-quality maps, color photographs, and satellite images. Unfortunately, the bibliography lists books that are at least 30 years old. Overall, though, this is a solid choice.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Dense texts touch on the customs, geography, history, language, and religions of countries in each region. The presentations also discuss economic and political challenges facing many of the countries. Serviceably captioned color and black-and-white photographs and detailed maps support the texts. Latin contains a reading list, North a bibliography. Timeline. Ind. [Review covers these Modern World Cultures titles: Latin America and North Africa and the Middle East.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


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In this useful reference to the geography of North Africa and the Middle East, students can find information about the economic, social, and political influences that affect this diverse region. On both a local and global scale, North Africa and the Middle East explores the areas bordering the southern and eastern Mediterranean Sea, from Morocco in the west to Iran in the east. It was in this region where humankind first developed cities along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in present-day Iraq, and where some of the world's most powerful empires and civilizations rose and fell thousands of years ago. This region is also the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. And religion, along with the power struggle over oil, has served to make the area a tinderbox between its more conservative inhabitants and the Western nations that have played a part in the region's development since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. Some of these changes are political, ethnic, religious, and demographic in nature and lend variation to a culture that might otherwise be perceived as homogeneous. In this one-volume reference, students and teachers of geography will come to know North Africa and the Middle East, from the inside out. Excerpted from North Africa and the Middle East by Charles F. Gritzner, Jeffrey A. Gritzner All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vi
1 A Diverse Environmentp. 1
2 The Natural Landscapep. 8
3 Climate and Ecosystemsp. 26
4 The Cradle of Civilizationp. 39
5 Western Influencep. 59
6 Population and Settlementp. 72
7 Cultural Geographyp. 83
8 A Troubled Region Looks Aheadp. 102
History at a Glancep. 109
Bibliographyp. 111
Indexp. 112