1st Edition

How Geography and Institutions Shaped the Development of Nations Across Countries and Continents

By Irina Busygina Copyright 2025
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a concise and informative introduction to how geography and institutions shaped the development of nations, showing that while the role of institutions for the development of nations is indisputable, the role of geographic factors remains underexplored and underestimated.

    Drawing on rich empirical material from the history and modernity of different continents and nations, How Geography and Institutions Shaped the Development of Nations: Across Countries and Continents seeks to show not only the importance of geographical explanations of development, but also their extraordinary diversity. This book is divided into two parts: the first examines the main contributions to the understanding of development under the influence of geographic and institutional factors, as well as state’s geographic attributes and borders as geographic institutions. The second part immerses the reader in empirical material, presenting various cases on different continents in different historical periods.

    An essential read for researchers in a broad range of areas including international organizations and practitioners involved accelerating national development. This book will also be of interest to scholars and students in development studies, and more broadly to geography, comparative politics, and regional studies.

    Introduction.  PART I.  1.Development, Institutions, and Geography: How Do They Fit Together.  2.Modern States and Their Geographical Attributes - Size, Shape, Location.  3.Borders as Geographical Institutions.  PART II.  4.Europe.  5.Asia.  6.Africa.  7.Latin America.  8.North America.  9.Oceania.  10.Russia.  Conclusion.  


    Irina Busygina, Research Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, USA.