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World Geography

Understanding a Changing World

by Julie Dunbar, Niem Huynh, Ian Muehlenhaus, Alynna Lyon, and Melissa Thom, Editors

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As globalization continues to transform the world, cultures once distinct mix and create opportunities for students to view the world from the perspectives of others. These new perspectives, grounded in critical thinking, lead them to meet people, to experience places, to grow as individuals, and to contribute to society in ways they may previously have never imagined. An education in world geography enables students to form these perspectives.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World develops students' global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. On any given country, students can find information about the landforms and climate; natural resources and agriculture; environment; people; traditions and etiquette; food and holidays; national dress; art and landmarks; and government, politics, and economy; as well as its history and contemporary issues the country faces.


  • Contains profiles of nearly 200 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation's geographical features, recent and early history, culture, politics, and economy, plus more than 600 political and topographical maps to situate readers
  • Houses more than 8,500 primary and secondary sources that include images of palaces, capitals, and ruins; flags; noteworthy speeches; recipes; facts and figures; glossary terms; and national constitutions
  • Includes more than 1,700 biographies of important political and cultural figures, including Nigerian human rights activist and playwright Wole Soyinka, Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
  • Provides historical background and multiple perspectives to complex questions reflective of global interconnectedness, such as "What steps should be taken to help provide access to clean water for more people in the world?" and "Can Borneo develop sustainable economic growth without further destroying its environmental resources?"
  • Features the CLIOview tool that allows students to make comparisons and graph statistical data at the country level, with more than 160 categories including birth rate, currency, social media users, and more to choose from
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A DEEP COLLECTION OF MODEL COMMENTARIES from noted scholars that have been specially commissioned to foster critical thinking stimulated by exposure to varying points of view.

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Advisory Board

Julie Dunbar leads ABC-CLIO's electronic program in geography and issues. Alongside her team, she writes, edits, and acquires content for the company's award-winning World Geography, United States Geography, and Issues databases. She has a BA in geography from the University of Colorado and an MFA in writing from Naropa University.

Ian Muehlenhaus is the director of the GIS professional programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota.

Niem Huynh is a veteran educator and research fellow for the American Association of Geographers. She received her PhD in geography from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Melissa Thom is a teacher librarian at Bristow Middle School in Connecticut and a veteran social studies teacher. Ms. Thom has been named a National Geographic Distinguished Teacher of Geography.

Alynna Lyon teaches political science at the University of New Hampshire. She earned her PhD in political science from the University of South Carolina.

Topic Centers


North America
• Canada
• United States
• Albania
• Andorra
• Austria
• Belarus
• Belgium
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Ireland
• Italy
• Kosovo
• Latvia
• Liechtenstein
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Macedonia
• Malta
• Moldova
• Monaco
• Montenegro
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• San Marino
• Serbia
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• Ukraine
• United Kingdom
South Asia
• Afghanistan
• Bangladesh
• Bhutan
• India
• Maldives
• Nepal
• Pakistan
• Sri Lanka
Oceania and Antarctica
• Australia
• Fiji
• Kiribati
• Nauru
• New Zealand
• Papua New Guinea
• Solomon Islands
• Tonga
• Tuvalu
• Marshall Islands
• Micronesia
• Palau
• Vanuatu
• Samoa
Central America and the Caribbean
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Bahamas
• Barbados
• Belize
• Costa Rica
• Cuba
• Dominica
• Dominican Republic
• El Salvador
• Grenada
• Guatemala
• Haiti
• Honduras
• Jamaica
• Mexico
• Nicaragua
• Panama
• St. Kitts and Nevis
• St. Lucia
• St. Vincent and the Grenadines
• Trinidad and Tobago
Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia
• Armenia
• Azerbaijan
• Georgia
• Kazakhstan
• Kyrgyzstan
• Russia
• Tajikistan
• Turkmenistan
• Uzbekistan
Southwest Asia and North Africa
• Algeria
• Bahrain
• Egypt
• Iran
• Iraq
• Israel
• Jordan
• Kuwait
• Lebanon
• Libya
• Morocco
• Oman
• Palestinian Autonomous Region
• Qatar
• Saudi Arabia
• Syria
• Tunisia
• United Arab Emirates
• Yemen
• International
South America
• Argentina
• Bolivia
• Brazil
• Chile
• Colombia
• Ecuador
• Guyana
• Paraguay
• Peru
• Suriname
• Uruguay
• Venezuela
East and Southeast Asia
• Brunei
• Cambodia
• China
• East Timor
• Indonesia
• Japan
• Laos
• Malaysia
• Mongolia
• Myanmar
• North Korea
• Philippines
• Singapore
• South Korea
• Taiwan
• Thailand
• Vietnam
Sub–Saharan Africa
• Angola
• Benin
• Botswana
• Burkina Faso
• Burundi
• Cameroon
• Cape Verde
• Central African Republic
• Chad
• Comoro Islands
• Congo Republic
• Cote d'Ivoire
• Democratic Republic of Congo
• Djibouti
• Equatorial Guinea
• Eritrea
• Ethiopia
• Gabon
• Gambia
• Ghana
• Guinea
• Guinea–Bissau
• Kenya
• Lesotho
• Liberia
• Madagascar
• Malawi
• Mali
• Mauritania
• Mauritius
• Mozambique
• Namibia
• Niger
• Nigeria
• Rwanda
• Sao Tome and Principe
• Senegal
• Seychelles
• Sierra Leone
• Somalia
• South Africa
• South Sudan
• Sudan
• Swaziland
• Tanzania
• Togo
• Uganda
• Zambia
• Zimbabwe




"ABC-CLIO's World Geography database is a useful resource for users to explore the world around them. The World Geography database does not limit itself strictly to geography in the traditional sense—the entries on each nation include reflections on history, politics, and culture. . . . Recommended for high school and academic libraries."ARBA

"Because the information is so concise and organized and comparisons of countries can so easily be made, this is a site worth previewing. Recommended."The Book Report

"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with three very solid, well-planned, easy-to-use products that will appeal to students."Booklist

"It's easy for teachers to customize this ... A useful resource for all schools and libraries."KLIATT

"World Geography is particularly appropriate for middle and junior high school students and may be of some use in high school ... World Geography does all the work of correlating the Web site with the textbooks and academic standards, relieving the teacher of that burden. World Geography will be a boon to busy teachers who want to use the Internet in the instruction of geography."Reference Reviews

"[This] online database could easily replace textbooks for middle and high school courses ... Topic explorations help the students, while Teaching Tools offer instructional materials for classroom use, plus correlations to standards, textbook sets, etc."Library Media Connection

"[World Geography] challenge[s] students to evaluate historical evidence, interpret current events, and make comparative analysis. Students can use the rich resources available in [this] database to complete assignments, create presentations, and develop true global understanding. The current news, features, and commentaries can be integrated into curriculum, assignments, and class discussions."School Library Journal

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."Booklist

"Highly Recommended."Library Media Connection


"Since we purchased the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, our library usage has grown tenfold. The library is packed these days! The depth and breadth of the websites is wonderful. Everything that students need—from country profiles to current images, maps, and documents—is in one place. And besides social studies teachers, foreign language teachers, and others use the websites too—some to plan curriculum. The library and social studies faculties are now working more closely together."—Joanne Hughes
Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

"Our students are more engaged when they use the World Geography Website. They love being able to compare and contrast data with the CLIOview statistical tool. And because reference entry is crossed-linked to related entries, students conduct deeper searches than they otherwise would. This dynamic resource has become embedded in our curriculum. We couldn't live without it!"—Ginny Garvic
Social Studies Specialist, Katy ISD
Katy, TX

"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."—Terrie Crockwell
Library Media Technician
Etiwanda High School
Etiwanda, CA

"With the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, students can locate information themselves with minimal instruction. The websites are accurate and reliable, and they guide students in building information literacy skills—examining different interpretations, choosing between resources, and synthesizing information. Teachers appreciate that the websites are current and aligned to standards."—Susan Leigh Burrell
Librarian/Media Specialist
Grace E. Metz Middle School
Manassas, VA

"Our history department has done away with most textbooks this year! With their wealth of primary sources, critical thinking activities, and daily news articles, the ABC-CLIO Schools websites help us guide our students in becoming social scientists."—Jim A. Masker
Social Studies Teacher, Cate School
Carpinteria, CA


2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration

2002 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist — EdPress

2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News

2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration

2004 Social Studies Website, High School — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2004 Award of Distinction — The Communicator Awards

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2011 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2017 CODiE Award Winner - Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution — SIIA

2018 Gold Award — Modern Library Awards

2019 Best Social Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2018 Best Social Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2018 Best Online Educational Resource — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)



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