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Economic Geography

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Economic Geography
Reading List
AP prep

Economic activity has a spatial character influenced by the interaction of several factors, including natural resources,
culture, politics, and  history in specific places. By dividing economic activities into key sectors, we can appreciate why natural resources have different, values for different societies, and how places and regions acquire comparative advantages for development.

In this section of the course, we learn about the geographic elements of industrialization and development. We need to under­stand how models of economic development, such as Rostow's stages of economic growth and Wallerstein’s World Systems Theory, help to explain why the world is described as being divided into a well-developed core and a less-developed periphery.  It also includes a comparison of location theories, such as those by Weber and von Thnen, which stress resource and market dependence, with accounts of economic g1obalization, which accent time—space compression and the new international division of labor. For example, we might study the reasons why some Asian economies achieved rapid rates of growth in the 1980s while most sub-Saharan African economies experienced decline. In addition, we need to understand patterns of economic growth mid decline in North America.

Contemporary issues surrounding economic activity are also addressed. For example, countries, regions, and communities must confront new patterns of economic inequity that are linked to geographies of interdependence in the global economy. Communities also face difficult questions regarding use and conservation of resources and the impact of pollution on the environment and quality of life. We study the impact of deindustrialization, the disaggregation of production, and the rise of consumption and leisure activities.

  Inca procession  

Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.



  • Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet?
  • Why didn't the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the globe instead?
  • Why did cities first evolve in the Middle East?
  • Why did farming never emerge in Australia?
  • And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?
  • Guns Germs & Steel

    Industry Facts