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About the Author Charles F. Gritzner is distinguished professor of geography at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He is now in his fifth decade of college teaching and research. In addition to classroom instruction, he enjoys traveling, writ-­ ing, working with teachers, and sharing his love of geography with readers. As the series editor for Chelsea House’s Modern World Nations and Major World Cultures series, he has a wonderful opportunity to combine each of these “hobbies.” Dr. Gritzner has served as both president and executive director of the National Council for Geographic Education and has received the council’s highest honor, the George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geographic Education, as well as other honors from the NCGE, Association of American Geographers, and other ­organizations.



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