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Political Geography Overview - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors will define a state as a concept and explain its size and development. The different shapes of states, including compact and perforated, will be discussed. You will also learn about the differences between cultural and physical boundaries.
As you progress through the lessons, the cultural and political influences on local government boundaries will be presented. You'll read about economic alliances and cooperation among the states. After you've reviewed these lessons, you should be able to:
- Define state as a concept
- Explain what a prorupted and perforated state look like
- Differentiate between physical and cultural boundaries
- Describe how political influence affects local government boundaries
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1. State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size
This lesson will seek to explain the concept of a state. In doing so, it will highlight legitimate power, traditional authority, rational authority, and a federal system of states.
2. Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More
This lesson will seek to explain and identify the many shapes that states can be found in. In doing so, it will define the word state and the importance of sovereignty.
3. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural
This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.
4. Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence
This lesson will explain the characteristics of local governments. In doing so, it will define the terms delimitation, redistricting, constituency, and gerrymandering as well as the role these terms play in local governance.
5. Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances
This lesson will seek to explain the political cooperation among states. In doing so, it will define the terms 'treaty' and 'state,' as well as explore military and economic alliances.
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