A Comparative Geography of China and the U.S.

  • Rudi Hartmann
  • Jing'ai Wang
  • Tao Ye

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 109)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Rudi Hartmann, Jing’ai Wang
    Pages 1-21
  3. Jing’ai Wang, Honglin Xiao, Rudi Hartmann, Yaojie Yue
    Pages 23-81
  4. Lucius Hallet IV, Jing’ai Wang, Rudi Hartmann
    Pages 83-116
  5. Mark Leipnik, Yun Su, Robert Lane, Xinyue Ye
    Pages 117-158
  6. Hongmian Gong, Huasheng Zhu
    Pages 159-179
  7. Gregory Veeck, Yuejing Ge
    Pages 181-200
  8. Russell M. Smith, Yuejing Ge, Rudi Hartmann, Xiaoping Dong, Yang Cheng
    Pages 201-255
  9. Susan Walcott, Huasheng Zhu
    Pages 257-276
  10. Mark Leipnik, Yun Su, Xinyue Ye
    Pages 309-351
  11. Rudi Hartmann, Jing’ai Wang
    Pages 377-380
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 381-387

About this book


The book is the outcome of a unique venture: a team of Chinese geographers and a team of American geographers collaborated on a new Comparative Geography of China and the United States. The book meets a high demand for comparative information about China and the United States, as the home of the two leading economies in a globalizing world. Comparisons of the two countries include the similarities and differences in their physical environments and natural hazards, the growth and changing spatial distribution of population and ethnic groups in China and the U.S., traditions and contemporary regional expressions of agriculture and food production as well as the rapidly changing urban and industrial patterns in both countries. The book also highlights the two countries’ interconnectedness, in trade and in the exchange of cultural, social, scientific and technological information. The volume serves as a major resource in geographic education as it contributes to a better and more comprehensive understanding of the formation and development of the two countries’ basic geographical patterns and processes. 

“The task to document and explain the geography of China and the US has been widely considered to be so challenging and ambitious that few scholars are courageous and competent enough to take. Yet this daunting task has been dealt with so elegantly and creatively here. I have found the book informative, inspirational, illuminating, and very much readable. This is an excellent addition to the expanding library of China studies that would be widely welcome and highly appreciated by the students of contemporary China studies. Hartmann and Wang as well as their colleagues have made an outstanding contribution to geography and China studies that will cast a long shadow over the future journey of scholarly enquiry.” 

George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography and Associate Dean (Research) of Social Sciences, Hong Kong University


Agriculture and Food Production Basic Geographical Patterns and Processes Changing Urban and Industrial Patterns Economic Geography International Trade Issues Leading Economies in a Globalizing World Megaregions Physical Environments and Natural Hazards Physical Geography Population and Ethnic Groups Population/Ethnic Geography Regional Urban Economic Clusters Research Cooperation Similarities and Differences of the U.S. and China Urbanization, Urban Form and Adaptation

Editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Hartmann
    • 1
  • Jing'ai Wang
    • 2
  • Tao Ye
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept of Geography and Environmental ScieUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.School of GeographyBeijing Normal UniversityHaidian DistrictChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface PrBeijing Normal UniversityHaidian DistrictChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8791-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8792-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0072
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