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An Introduction to Human Geography (4th Edition) Paperback – Apr 24 2012

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Canada; 4 edition (April 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273740709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273740704
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,171,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The best of what geography has to offer in one volume. A simply marvelous and well-written introduction to the flourishing field of Human Geography, written by prominent thinkers, and with a keen eye for critical debates and topical themes. Highly recommended." - Professor Henk van Houtum, Radboud University Nijmegen

"Exceptional throughout" - Dr Chris Bear, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

"A comprehensive and critical textbook that really covers all the bases"  - Dr Colm Breathnach, Geography Programme, University of Strathclyde

"A superb introduction to Human Geography, and a book that students will also find an important resource for courses in later years.  This book has always had great strengths in economic and political geography, and the latest edition both extends its scope, and shows why human geography is a vital perspective in understanding the key issues of our times." - Professor David Gilbert, Royal Holloway, University of London  

"A lively, stimulating, interactive and colourful student-centred appraoch - the textbook of choice for undergraduate geography students" - Professor Mark Boyle, National University of Ireland, Maynooth   

"It is rare to find an introductory textbook that successfully combines clearly outlined foundational concepts with critical reflection on state of the art understandings of the world around us; this new edition of  An Introduction to Human Geography does exactly that. This is a persuasive and comprehensive teaching resource for students and educators alike."  - Professor Anna Davies, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin

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The fourth edition of this widely used text provides a global overview of the major topics within human geography, including food security and population, geopolitics and territory, inequality and power, production, consumption, the global financial system and  governance. Substantial and comprehensively updated chapters ensure balanced treatment across the range of contemporary human geography.

Focusing on key geographical challenges facing the world in the early twenty-first century, stimulating analysis provides a thorough examination of the diverse forces that shape economies and societies. Themes, issues and links are highlighted and emphasised to present a holistic view of what the editors describe as our ‘... interconnected, contradictory, complex, conflict-ridden and fantastically diverse planet.’ All chapters are written by specialists in the field and offer original, critical and engaging perspectives.

Key features:

  • Re- inforced social, economic, cultural and environmental coverage
  • New chapters on Food Security and Global Governance
  • Revised introductory chapter exploring the origins of human geography, what it is, and why it matters
  • Continuing emphasis on critical coverage and currency with the latest controversies, debates and contested topics in human geography
  • Coverage of other key phenomena in 21st century life - challenges arising froman increasingly urban world, population and resource pressures, and the significance of global governance regimes for the environment, the oceans, and the polar regions

A Companion Website supports the text at, featuring practical study skills guidance, material on improving essay-writing, strategies for note-taking and revision, and planning exam answers.


An Introduction to Human Geography is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in geography and related disciplines in the social sciences.

Peter Daniels and Denis Shaw are at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Mike Bradshaw is at the Department of Geography, University of Leicester.  James Sidaway is at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.


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