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Title A comparative geography of China and the U.S. / Rudi Hartmann, Jing'ai Wang, editors ; Tao Ye, associate editor
Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 387 pages) : illustrations
Series GeoJournal Library, 0924-5499 ; volume 109
GeoJournal library ; v. 109. 0924-5499
Contents 1. Introduction to A comparative geography of China and the U.S. / Rudi Hartmann and Jing'ai Wang -- 2. Physical geography of China and the U.S. / Jing'ai Wang, Honglin Xiao, Rudi Hartmann and Yaojie Yue -- 3. Population/ethnic geographies of China and the U.S. / Lucius Hallet IV, Jing'ai Wang and Rudi Hartmann -- 4. Agriculture and food production in China and the U.S. / Mark Leipnik, Yun Su, Robert Lane and Xinyue Ye -- 5. Economic geography / Hongmian Gong and Huasheng Zhu -- 6. International trade issues and status for China and the U.S. / Gregory Veeck and Yuejing Ge -- 7. Megaregions of China and the U.S. / Russell M. Smith, Yuejing Ge, Rudi Hartmann, Xiaoping Dong and Yang Cheng -- 8. Regional urban economic clusters / Susan Walcott and Huasheng Zhu -- 9. Urbanization, urban form and adaptation : a comparison of four U.S. and Chinese cities / Tao Ye, Brian Muller and Peijun Shi -- 10. The main agricultural regions of China and the U.S. / Mark Leipnik, Yun Su and Xinyue Ye -- 11. Research cooperation between Chinese and American geographers and its significance in the quest for sustainable development / Peijun Shi, Clifton W. Pannell and Tao Ye -- 12. Epilogue / Rudi Hartmann and Jing'ai Wang
Summary The book is the outcome of a unique venture: a team of Chinese geographers and a team of American geographers collaborated on a new Comparative Geography of China and the United States. The book meets a high demand for comparative information about China and the United States, as the home of the two leading economies in a globalizing world. Comparisons of the two countries include the similarities and differences in their physical environments and natural hazards, the growth and changing spatial distribution of population and ethnic groups in China and the U.S., traditions and contemporary regional expressions of agriculture and food production as well as the rapidly changing urban and industrial patterns in both countries. The book also highlights the two countries' interconnectedness, in trade and in the exchange of cultural, social, scientificand technological information. The volume serves as a major resource in geographic education as it contributes to a better and more comprehensive understanding of the formation and development of the two countries' basic geographical patterns and processes. 'The task to document and explain the geography of China and the US has been widely considered to be so challenging and ambitious that few scholars are courageous and competent enough to take. Yet this daunting task has been dealt with so elegantly and creatively here. I have found the book informative, inspirational, illuminating, and very much readable. This is an excellent addition to the expanding library of China studies that would be widely welcome and highly appreciated by the students of contemporary China studies. Hartmann and Wang as well as their colleagues have made an outstanding contribution to geography and China studies that will cast a long shadow over the future journey of scholarly enquiry.' George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography and Associate Dean (Research) of Social Sciences, Hong Kong University
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed July 31, 2014)
Subject China -- Geography.
United States -- Geography.
Form Electronic book
Author Hartmann, Rudi, editor
Wang, Jing'ai, editor
Ye, Tao, editor
ISBN 9401787913 (print)
9401787921 (electronic bk.)
9789401787918 (print)
9789401787925 (electronic bk.)