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.
...an excellent book that deserves to become a standard text. -- Geography
Physical environment; structural environment of the Mediterranean Basin; Mediterranean climate; earth surface processes; the historical context; the Graeco-Roman legacy and the Mediterranean identities; the Mediterranean in the Medieval context and Renaissance worlds; colonialism and the emergence of the twentieth century Mediterranean world; contemporary human processes, population growth, economic development and political change; politics and society in the Meditterranean Basin, an overview; Mediterranean space economics and the pattern of regional development; European community enlargement and the Mediterranean; population growth, an aviodable crises?; Mediterranean urbanization, diversity and change; Agrarian societies and modernisation; tourism and uneven threats of desertification; coastal zone management; finale; the way forward.