Regions and Nations of the World

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THE authors have here tried to choose what they think most useful for a course in world geography to ho given in a year, or abbreviated into a semester, in an American college or university. It requires "few if any additional references or assigned reading to be provided by the instruotor" ; the reviewer wouid add here ‘more‘s the pity'. The scheme for each region is (a) naturai features, (b) culturai features leading on to urban centres, and sometimes on to a short appraisal of current problems or of prospeots. The book has many illustrations and the photographs are often very telling ; the maps are of poor quality. Cuitural features are usually notes on commercial and political matters ; they vary greatly in apposite. ness but are sometimes quite to the point, though the acoounts of oities are so short as often to be trivial. The book has 100 pages given to the United States and 37 to the rest of North America, about 140 to the whole of Eurasia, 38 to Africa and 30 to Austraiasia and Antarotica. The aim is to say something about every region and every oountry and every really big town, and to follow as uniform a plan as possible, all commendabie in a certain measure as faoilitating reference to a limited extent ; but the book needs vitalizing.

Regions and Nations of the World

By Assoc. Prof. Earl E. Lackey Asst. Prof. Esther S. Anderson. Reprint. Pp. xix + 489. (New York: D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc.; London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1947.) 26s. net.

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F., H. Regions and Nations of the World. Nature 162, 7 (1948) doi:10.1038/162007b0

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