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A Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors : Texts in Regional Geography - Mikhail S. Blinnikov

A Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors

Texts in Regional Geography

Paperback Published: 23rd November 2010
ISBN: 9781606239209
Number Of Pages: 448

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Comprehensive and authoritative, this text offers an accessible introduction to post-Soviet Eurasia. Students get a solid grounding in the physical, cultural, political, and economic geography of this rapidly changing region. Core thematic chapters focus primarily on Russia but also incorporate relevant information on the other 14 former Soviet republics. Regional chapters provide concise discussions of each republic and of Russia's main regions. Student-friendly features include engaging vignettes, review questions, exercises, recommendations for further reading, and Internet resources, plus over 200 original maps, photographs, and other figures. This book will be invaluable to geography instructors and students and it will also serve as a primary text in undergraduate courses.

"A timely, insightful, well-written and engaging volume on contemporary Russia's economies, recent history, environmental settings, and enduring legacies. Personal reflections and observations add to the book's strengths. I will definitely use this text the next time I teach a class on the former Soviet Union. It is far ahead of any previous book on the region. It also will have broad appeal outside geography and should be required reading for business people and professionals in all fields who are working in the region." - Stanley D. Brunn, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, USA "This text offers a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the physical, cultural, social, economic and political geography of the region. The book goes well beyond the bounds of a general geography text, giving students the historical and political context that will help them engage more thoughtfully with the material. The author doesn't shy away from interjecting his own insights about the personalities that have shaped contemporary Russia. For the student, this brings to life some of the major actors whose names would otherwise get lost on the page. Each chapter is followed by review question and exercises that will prepare both instructors and students for class discussion, making the book useful for both lecture courses and seminars." - Melinda Herrold-Menzies, Intercollegiate Environmental Analysis Program, The Claremont Colleges, USA

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Introduction: Russia and Post-Soviet Northern Eurasiap. 1
Physical Geography
Relief and Hydrographyp. 9
Climatep. 22
Biomesp. 37
Environmental Degradation and Conservationp. 51
History and Politics
Formation of the Russian Statep. 67
The Soviet Legacyp. 79
Post-Soviet Reformsp. 96
The Geopolitical Position of Russia in the Worldp. 121
Cultural and Social Geography
Demographics and Population Distributionp. 137
Cities and Villagesp. 151
Social Issues: Health, Wealth, Poverty, and Crimep. 167
Cultures and Languagesp. 183
Religion, Diet, and Dressp. 199
Education, Arts, Sciences, and Sportsp. 219
Tourismp. 241
Oil, Gas, and Other Energy Sourcesp. 261
Heavy Industry and the Military Complexp. 277
Light Industry and Consumer Goodsp. 291
Fruits of the Earth: Agriculture, Hunting, Fishing, and Forestryp. 300
Infrastructure and Servicesp. 317
Regional Geography of Russia and Other FSU States
Central Russia: The Heart of the Countryp. 339
Russia's Northwest: Fishing, Timber, and Culturep. 350
The Volga: Cars, Food, and Energyp. 359
The Caucasus: Cultural Diversity and Political Instabilityp. 369
The Urals: Metallurgy, Machinery, and Fossil Fuelsp. 383
Siberia: Great Landp. 391
The Far East: The Russian Pacificp. 400
The Baltics: Europeysky, Not Sovetskyp. 408
Eastern Europeans: Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldovap. 415
Central Asia: The Heart of Eurasiap. 424
Epilogue: Engaging with Post-Soviet Northern Eurasiap. 435
Indexp. 441
About the Authorp. 448
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ISBN: 9781606239209
ISBN-10: 1606239201
Series: Texts in Regional Geography
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 23rd November 2010
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.81