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The purpose of this course is to delve into the geographical and historical background of international stories appearing in the major news media. Two basic texts will be used: a comprehensive world atlas and the country newspaper of record, The New York Times. The topics of consideration will vary week by week, in accordance with the articles appearing in the Times. Lectures will be largely structured around the explication of maps. A wide array of cartographic products will be employed, ranging from historical maps to topographic maps to Google Earth images. Maps will also be examined with a critical eye, focusing not only on what they reveal, but also on what they obscure and how they can encode ideologically charged perspectives.

Geography of Current Global Events Stanford

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The purpose of this course is to delve into the geographical and historical background of international stories appearing in the major news media. Two basic texts will be used: a comprehensive world atlas and the country newspaper of record, The New York Times. The topics of consideration will vary week by week, in accordance with the articles appearing in the Times. Lectures will be largely structured around the explication of maps. A wide array of cartographic products will be employed, ranging from historical maps to topographic maps to Google Earth images. Maps will also be examined with a critical eye, focusing not only on what they reveal, but also on what they obscure and how they can encode ideologically charged perspectives.

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    1. Iraq: The Disputed the Zone (August 15, 2009)

    1. Iraq: The Disputed the Zone (August 15, 2009)

    Martin Lewis, Stanford Senior Lecturer in International History, discusses religious diversity in Iraq and raises questions about genocide and geopolitics in the northern regions. (August 15, 2009)

    • 37 min
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    3. China, Burma, and the Kokang War of August 2009 (September 29, 2009)

    3. China, Burma, and the Kokang War of August 2009 (September 29, 2009)

    Martin Lewis covers Chinese relations with and investment in Burma. (September 29, 2009)

    • 1 hr 16 min
    • video
    5. Iraq Census (January 31, 2010)

    5. Iraq Census (January 31, 2010)

    Martin Lewis, Stanford Senior Lecturer in International History, discusses the history of conflict in from the times of Mesopotamia to modern day Iraq and the current US occupation. (January 31, 2010)

    • 2 hr 3 min
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    6. Political Change in Latin America (February 6, 2010)

    6. Political Change in Latin America (February 6, 2010)

    Martin Lewis, Stanford Senior Lecturer in International History, discusses the political, social, and economic environment of Latin America. (February 6, 2010)

    • 1 hr 58 min
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    7. Central Africa: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (February 27, 2010)

    7. Central Africa: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (February 27, 2010)

    Martin Lewis, Stanford Senior Lecturer in International History, discusses the tumultuous history of conflict and society in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (February 27, 2010)

    • 2 hr 8 min

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