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How the Potato Changed the World

How the Potato Changed the World | Human Geography CP |
Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture

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Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 2014 11:41 PM

Potatoes were brought to the New World through the Columbian Exchange. It does have a negative connotation but the trade route was used to diffuse cultures by trading food. 

Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 2014 5:35 PM

Columbian Exchange Unit

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 2014 12:57 PM

Potatoes are one of the most widespread foods in the world, due to its resiliency to harsh weather conditions and its ability to grow to large sizes. Potatoes can also be traced to show the beginning forces of globalization. Before modern communication and transportation technology, globalization occurred at a much slower rate. Globalization spread through trade routes in the forms of foods, resources, and therefore cultures and people. 

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Mapping Europe's war on immigration

Mapping Europe's war on immigration | Human Geography CP |
Europe has built a fortress around itself to protect itself from ‘illegal' immigration from the South, from peoples fleeing civil war, conflict and devastating poverty. The story is best understood through maps.
Marist Geography's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:05 AM

This shows how Europe controlles entry into its borders. With MEDC's being favoured over LEDC's

François Arnal's comment, October 21, 2013 11:32 AM
François Arnal's comment, October 21, 2013 11:33 AM
A "Café géographique" with Philippe Rekacewicz" in ST Dié des Vosges for the International Festival of Geography.
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Top 10 Countries That Disappeared In The 20th Century

Top 10 Countries That Disappeared In The 20th Century | Human Geography CP |
New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200!

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:38 AM

Amazing to see many of the countries and empires that are no longer around.  Also with the dissoution of many of the empires it lead's to many of the issues that were are dealiing with today.  Splitting the Austro-Hugaraian Empire after WWI along ethnic lines didn't really work and helped to lead to WWII.  The Germans in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia fro example.  See

 for the area of German population.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 27, 2014 5:01 PM

10 countries that have become nonexistent in the 20th century include Tibet, East Germany and Yugoslavia. These countries have died off because of ethic, religious and cultural falls that were quickly taken over by bigger and more powerful countries.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 2014 9:13 PM

Essentially this article boils down to the issues of religion, ethnicity and nationalism.  People who are diverse and have different ideas generally cannot all live together under one rule and agree on everything, hence nations split and new ones form to cater to their own beliefs and similarities.

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Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe'

Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe' | Human Geography CP |

"A state commission working on a much-discussed report titled 'Foundations of State Cultural Politics' will release their findings in two weeks, presidential advisor Vladimir Tolstoi announced last week, adding that the basic formula of the report could be summarized as 'Russia is not Europe.'"

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David Lizotte's curator insight, February 17, 3:17 PM

I am most certainly not surprised that Russia does not want to be "Europe" rather a distinct, singular identity. The fact of the matter is, Russia is a proud country and hold a strong sense of nationalism... or at least the politicians and a few other important people do, the heroine addicts just care about there re-up. 

Russia has always had its own identity yet lets not forget that it most certainly entertained western culture during the age of Enlightenment under Peter I, better known as Peter the great. Whether it was the shaving of beards or the building of a navy Russia developed as a nation due to western influences. 

I believe a large reason behind Russian identity is due to its politics and geography. Historically Russia has always focused upon the state and maintenance of power. The strength of the states power is to come at any cost (often the citizens). 

Russia is so proud and take such pride in there identity that they have recently claimed Crimea and are currently backing rebels in the Ukraine in territory disputes. Russia wants to expand and take what they think is theirs or even what was once theirs. Everything is being done in preservation of mother Russia, simply raising the level of nationalism, almost like a propaganda/brainwashing scheme. 

I am interested in seeing how this all unfolds. 

Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 5, 2:06 PM

This article is interesting because Russia, today, now considers itself its own unique area, neither part of the East or West.  This is interesting because in the past, many Russians tried to behave like their western European counterparts (Peter the Great).  In fact, Peter changed Russian practices and made St. Petersburg in an attempt to create a more European image for the country.  However, being far removed from the rest of what people usually think of as Europe (the Western area of the continent), Russia was never perceived as an equal to its smaller idols (such as Great Britain, France, and Germany).  Today it seems as if Russia wants to distance itself from the West, because of being constantly excluded, and the Cold War Period where Eastern Europe (dominated by Russia) was far different than the west.  Yet, Russia does not want to consider itself Eastern, in my opinion, because of the fact that the nation often had conflicts with China (back when it was the USSR over differing versions of Communism).  Russia, today, wants to be thought of as its own unique region, which is fair in my opinion, the country does take up a large portion of the planet.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 9, 5:57 PM

This makes Russia seem like little whining babies, crying because of what other peoples perceptions may or may not be pertaining to their geography.  Do they really think that if they are looked at as European, than people will think they are the same as French people, or if they are considered an Asian country that they will be confused with China? These people are idiots and should be more concerned with their perception around the world as assholes! 

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Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

Time to scrap “Eastern Europe” | Human Geography CP |
Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging 

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 4:00 PM

Even though the Iron Curtain has long fallen, the practice of still describing the ex-Soviet countries as "Eastern Europe" still remains, and those same countries wish to change it. No longer are these countries part of the Soviet Block, and they feel that this characterization still defines them in this way. "Eastern Europe" denotes struggling economies, unhappy populations, marginalized lands, and an overall lack of development. While some countries are still recovering from Soviet rule, others have become important world powers with powerful economies. They no longer wish to be associated with Russia.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 7:58 PM

The old way of lumping all Countries east of Germany as simply "Eastern European" is not only wrong but can lead to negativity and conflict. These are nations which differ greatly in terms of language, ethnicity, and political affiliation should definitely not be lumped together within one identity. The fact is the Cold War has ended and instead of holding on to these out dated terms we should instead look forward and embrace these countries for what they are, unique countries with unique things to offer.

Kendra King's curator insight, February 15, 7:37 PM

I don’t really see the big deal of the map categorization based on the author’s argument. I agree the Cold War labeling is “outdated,” but saying the grouping is “damaging” because people just think of those countries as “poor” is an incredibly weak argument. Anyone who wants to do business with the area will know who is fiscally sound and any country that believes this is an obstacle can easily show the notion false given the facts of the video in regards to wealth and EU membership. However, just because a country is in the EU doesn’t mean they are completely well off. Much of that area is still politically unstable, which is a whole economic value of its own. Furthermore, that wasn’t my connotation of those countries. When I think Cold War, I think of an area that is repressive and still under Russian influence. If anything, I think that is a bigger deal because Russia shouldn’t speak for a whole area.


I also don’t think many of the groupings really help the authors cause. If the author wants there to be less negative connotations related to the Cold War, then the area probably should make mentioned of “countries scared of Russia” as it was the major Cold War player. Nor should there be a mention of “free” economies, since the economic divide of each country played a major hand in the tension between each ideology.  So one really needs to be careful about the terms used when re-labeling an area.


I don’t see a huge push for renaming the area. We still live in an outdated cold war society given how the United States still looks at Russia. So I doubt, renaming will happen anytime soon. Guess the author will have to wait for the next big political crisis or war.