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Political Geography - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Have you ever thought about the shape of states? Five basic configurations exist, and this chapter can help you learn all about them. In addition, you can find out how the concept of state evolved, the two types of boundaries that exist between states and the cooperation that often takes place between states. In this chapter's lessons, you can learn information that includes the following:
- Why states are sometimes difficult to define
- Five basic state shapes
- Two types of boundaries that exist between states
- Reasons for local government boundaries
|State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size||Explore where the various states are located, their sizes, and why there may have been problems defining them.|
|Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More||Differentiate between and give examples of perforated, fragmented, elongated, prorupted and compact states.|
|Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural||Discuss cultural and physical state boundaries.|
|Local Government boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence||Address how state lines may sometimes be drawn to give political advantage, or to separate various ethnicities or nationalities.|
|Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances||Identify the military, economic and political advantages states might gain through cooperation among themselves.|
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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