In the past decades the Philippines has seen some short periods of being in international (political) spotlights and long periods of relative anonymity. Given how the Philippines is currently in the midst of major international geopolitical transformations, the book The Philippine Archipelago by Yves Boquet couldn't be more timely. In 22 chapters and nearly 850 pages, it aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the geography of the Philippines, dealing with subjects as diverse as fisheries, urban development, modes of transport, ethnic conflict, cattle raising, rainfall and tourism. For publisher Springer it is a courageous step to publish a book on a country that generally has not seen much international scholarly interest beyond a few pressing issues such as overseas migration or its population growth rates. Simultaneously, the author's challenge has been to cover a variety of topics, of which many are outside his own area of expertise.The book consists of four parts: (1) Land, History and People; (2) the Philippines in the Global Economy; (3) Regional Organization and Spatial Planning; and (4) Challenges for the Philippines. The thematic division, in which the chapters don't have a fixed structure, works well, and the figures and maps are of good
Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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