This book addresses contemporary geographical issues in the Mediterranean Basin from a perspective that recognizes the physical characteristics and cultural interactions which link the different Mediterranean states as a recognisable geographic entity. Sixteen chapters each deal with a major geographical issue currently facing the Mediterranean, each providing an invaluable summary of the extensive but widely dispersed literature relating to Mediterranean issues. Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction between society and environment in terms of environmental management, differential regional development and its associated political, demographic, cultural and economic tensions.
Table of Contents
Geological evolution of the Mediterranean basin
Earth surface processes
The Graeco-Roman Mediterranean
The Mediterranean in the Medieval and Renaissance world
The Ottoman Mediterranean and its transformation, c. 1800-1920
Politics and society in the Mediterranean Basin
Mediterranean economies: the dynamics of uneven development
The European Union's Mediterranean policy
from pragmatism to partnership
Population growth: an avoidable crisis?
Five narratives for the Mediterranean city
The modernisation of Mediterranean agriculture
Tourism and uneven development in the Mediterranean
Water a critical resource
Forests, soils and the threat of desertification
Coastal zone management
Conclusion: from the past to the future of the Mediterranean.
...an excellent book that deserves to become a standard text.