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A Geography of Pennsylvania

E. Willard Miller
  • Copyright: 1994
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Illustrations: 21 b&w illustrations/
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-01017-5
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-01342-8

The culture and economy of Pennsylvania have been developing for more than 300 years. As a consequence, human activities have evolved from those based on primary occupations in the eighteenth century to the manufacturing economy of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the tertiary functions of the late twentieth century. With each major change in economic structure the geographic patterns also changed. The Geography of Pennsylvania charts those changes and provides a spatial analysis of each key geographic function taking place in the state. This book will be an indispensable reference for those who want to understand the factors that shaped Pennsylvania into the dynamic society it is today.

E. Willard Miller is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the Pennsylvania State University and author of many books, including The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State (Penn State, 1992).



1. Peirce Lewis/American Roots in Pennsylvania Soil

Part One: The Natural Landscapes

2. Ben Marsh and Peirce F. Lewis/Landforms and Human Habitat

3. Brent Yarnal/Climate

4. E. Willard Miller/Water Resources

5. E. Willard Miller/Soil Resources

6. Richard D. Schein and E. Willard Miller/Forest Resources

Part Two: The People

7. Paul D. Simkins/Growth and Characteristics of Pennsylvania's Population

8. Wilbur Zelinsky/Ethnic Geography

9. Wilbur Zelinsky/Cultural Geography

10. Anthony V. Williams/Political Geography

11. Wilbur Zelinsky/Recreation and Tourism

Part Three: The Economy

12. E. Willard Miller/Agriculture

13. E. Willard Miller/Mineral Resources

14. E. Willard Miller/Transportation

15. E. Willard Miller/Manufacturing

16. Allan L. Rodgers/The Rise and Decline of Pennsylvania's Steel Industry

17. Ronald F. Abler/Services

Part Four: The Cities

18. Rodney A. Erickson/The Location and Growth of Pennsylvania's Metropolitan Areas

19. Rodney A. Erickson/The Internal Spatial Structure of Pennsylvania's Metropolitan Areas

20. Roman A. Cybriwsky/Postindustrial Philadelphia

21. E. Willard Miller/Pittsburgh: An Urban Region in Transition

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