Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, 11th Edition (Fellmann)

Chapter 12: The Political Ordering of Space

Objectives for Chapter 12

After reading and studying this chapter, you should be able to:

1. Define and give examples of nations, states, and nation-states.

2. Briefly outline the evolution of the modern state.

3. Explain the importance of size, shape, and location for states.

4. Describe different kinds of boundaries and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

5. Give examples of centripetal and centrifugal forces that act on states.

6. Describe basic theories of geopolitics.

7. Define supranationalism and give several real-world examples.

8. Define and explain the Law of the Sea.

9. Discuss the challenges of redistricting in the United States and problems of political fragmentation.
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