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The Geography of the World Economy

6th Edition

By Paul Knox, John Agnew, Linda Mccarthy


480 pages | 126 Color Illus.

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The Geography of the World Economy provides an in-depth and stimulating introduction to the globalization of the world economy. The book offers a consideration of local, regional, national and global economic development over the long historical term. The theory and practice of economic and political geography provide a basis for understanding the interactions within and among the developed and developing countries of the world. Illustrated in color throughout, this new edition has been completely reworked and updated to take account of recent significant changes in the world economy.

A new companion website also accompanies the book, with additional resources for each chapter including multiple choice and short essay questions and links to relevant websites. Figures and tables are also available for download located at

The text is signposted throughout with an glossary of key terms, and is richly illustrated with full-color maps, diagrams and illustrations. It is ideal for upper level university undergraduates and for post-graduates in a variety of specializations including geography, economics, political science, international relations and global studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Economic Patterns and the Search for Explanation 1. The Changing World Economy 2. Global Patterns and Trends 3. Geographical Dynamics of the World Economy Part 2. Rise of the Core Economics 4. Pre-industrial Foundations 5. Evolution of the Core Regions 6. Globalization of Economic Activities Part 3. Spatial Transformation of Core and Periphery 7. Spatial Reorganization of the Core Economies 8. Dynamics of Interdependence: Transformation of the Periphery 9. Agriculture: The Primary Concern 10. Industrialization: The Path to Progress? 11. Services: Going Global? Part 4: Adjusting to the World Economy 12. International and Supranational Institutionalized Integration 13. Reassertion of the Local in the Age of the Global: Regions and Localities Within the World Economy 14. Conclusion

About the Authors

Paul Knox, University Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow for International Advancement, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.

John Agnew, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Linda McCarthy, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography