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Industrial Regions. Western Europe HDI: 0.93. strong tradition of economic growth and development. Relied on colonization for raw materials. Industrial Regions. United Kingdom Rhine-Ruhr Valley Mid-Rhine Northern Italy. United Kingdom.

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Western europe hdi 0 93
Western Europe HDI: 0.93

  • strong tradition of economic growth and development.

  • Relied on colonization for raw materials

Industrial regions1
Industrial Regions

  • United Kingdom

  • Rhine-Ruhr Valley

  • Mid-Rhine

  • Northern Italy

United kingdom
United Kingdom

  • Industrial Revolution originated within the United Kingdom.

  • majority of factories in UK survived WWII

  • Because of outdated factories of production the UK has steadily been losing its comparative advantage to progressing nations.

Rhine ruhr valley
Rhine-Ruhr Valley

  • Northwestern Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands

    • large coal and iron reservoirs leading to a massive steel, locomotive, machinery, and armament industry

    • Creation of a major port due to a river; Rotterdam the largest port in Europe.

Northern italy
Northern Italy

  • region allowed for cheaper labor as well as hydroelectric power

  • Major textile region emerging at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century

Eastern europe hdi 0 80
Eastern Europe HDI: 0.80

  • Distance Decay – the closer countries are to W. Europe, the better their economy

  • Because of a slow transition Russia has been declining gradually across the years in HDI.

Russian industry
Russian Industry

  • Central Industrial district – oldest region located around Moscow. Chosen for its central location and population center.

  • St. Petersburg Industrial district – major industry of shipbuilding and sea trading

  • Volga Industrial district – large natural gas reservoirs with resources created that can be sent down the Volga river.

Russian cont
Russian cont.

  • Ural industrial district – mineral rich sector heavily industrialized by the Russians. Remote access means energy resources must be shipped to this sector.

  • Kuznetsk industrial district – large deposits of coal and iron leading to major steel productions within the region. Largest development East of the Ural Mountains.

Eastern europe industry
Eastern Europe Industry

  • Eastern Ukraine – large coal reserves and deposits of iron ore make this region the largest producer of cheap steel in Eastern Europe.

  • Silesia – Poland and Czech Republic industrial section because of large coal deposits regardless of limited resource of iron ore.

Ecological disaster
Ecological Disaster

  • Eastern Europe has some of the worst ecological disasters in history.

  • High levels of Sulfurous Oxide released from industrial centers have led to regions of dangerously high levels of Acid rain and pollution

The black triangle
The Black Triangle

  • Region in Eastern Europe of severe environmental damage due to over-industrialization

  • pH measurements have been as low as 2.4 in this region (normal rain is 5.5)

  • By product of the massive amount of industrialization byproduct released from industry within Germany.

Commonwealth of independent states cis
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

  • This is the Russian version of the European Union

  • A collection of former USSR member states united together for common economic purpose

  • Eurasian Economic Community (EEC)

  • Not nearly as strong as other regional organizations and hurt by its lack of supranationalism

Conflict between eu and cis
Conflict between EU and CIS

  • CIS near constant state of economic hardship due to the flagging Russian economy

  • Member states increasing interest in leaving CIS to apply for membership in the EU (ex. Georgia)

  • Russia cannot afford to lose key trading partners which is resulting in strained relations within the CIS.

Japan hdi 0 94
Japan HDI: 0.94

  • Initially exploited its

    • high population and

    • low cost of production to get a foothold in the global economy.

  • In the middle of the 20th century it switched to invest in education and specialized training in order to have a highly specialized workforce

  • Investments in Japan focus on research and development with enormous budgets in these areas by both businesses and government aid.

European model
European Model

  • Japan’s rapid industrial development was fueled by its early colonialism in Korea and Northern China (cheap labor)

  • With the aid of US foreign investment coupled with preventionist policies for private business, Japan was able to recover from the destruction of World War II.

Japan today
Japan Today

  • Japan has the 3rd highest GDP at $4 trillion

  • Japan is the leading producers of automobiles within the world.

  • This is also an example of extreme capitalism

South pacific hdi 0 87
South Pacific HDI: 0.87

  • Economies are traditionally tied to the United Kingdom but have been increasing involvement with Asian nations.

  • Major exporter of food and resources but limited in economic influence due to its periphery location

East asia hdi 0 76
East Asia HDI: 0.76

  • Chinese Economy (4th in the world in GDP, 1/3 total world economic growth)

  • Low wages of Chinese workers has resulted in lower international factory wages.

  • China has an enormous demand on resources causing most industrial centers to be on the coast cutting cost of shipping supplies inland.

  • China - forgo environmental regulations as well as expanding development within the interior of the country.

Southeast asia hdi 0 58
Southeast Asia HDI: 0.58

Climate does not allow for traditional cultivation which has forced countries to be exporters of industrial goods

  • Initially achieved high levels of development but due to corruption within the government foreign investment has decreased.

  • The governments are now trying to draw investment back to the state at cost to its citizens

South asia hdi 0 58
South Asia HDI: 0.58

  • Has high level of mineral resources but is hindered by its enormous population

  • Produces a large supply of agricultural goods that usually lead to surplus; issues is these good are reliant on seasonal rains.

  • India is a booming service economy. Telephone calling services have become a large part of the economy.

Middle east hdi 0 68
Middle East HDI: 0.68

  • only region in the world that enjoys trade surplus due to increased oil reserves

  • struggles to balance economic development with cultural/religious beliefs

Middle east cont
Middle East cont.

  • Alternative Human Development Index

    • Helps to explain how the Middle East lags in HDI

    • Operates on three principles of the region

      • Lack of Political Freedom

      • Low levels of education and literacy rates

      • Lack of opportunities for women

Anglo america hdi 0 94
Anglo-America HDI: 0.94

  • Anglo-America is highly developed and endowed with uniform religion and language.

  • This region contains large amounts of mineral supplies as well as being underdeveloped for Agriculture

  • It provides much of the specialized labor in the global community and has adapted from a secondary economic system to a tertiary economic system.


  • Canada is primarily a resource exporting country

  • There is limited manufacturing and aside from Primary the economy is largely focused in the Tertiary sector of the economy

  • Most of the industry that does exist occurs close to the border with the United States

Canadian shield
Canadian Shield

  • This is one of the richest mineral deposits in the world

United states
United States

  • The development of United States industry was delayed because of their dependence on the United Kingdom

  • By 1860 the United States was the second largest industrial power in the world behind the United Kingdom

  • It was not until the later part of the 19th Century that American industry started to use the steel making process

Latin america hdi 0 80
Latin America: HDI: 0.80

  • Majority of the population is concentrated in urban centers.

  • Mexico is greatly aided in industrialization by its proximity to the United States.

  • The interior of South America remains undeveloped and has been increasing in deforestation for lumber and agriculture.

  • Central America lags behind in development because of an inequity in land distribution by wealthy plantation owners.

Major industrial centers
Major Industrial Centers

  • The two largest countries in industry are Brazil and Mexico

  • These countries used protectionists policies in order to prevent foreign industries from interfering with development

  • Most of these companies are located as close as possible to the major population centers.

The path to nafta
The path to NAFTA

  • Because of protectionist policies the companies in Latin America tended to be highly inefficient

  • When financial crisis hit during the 1970s these countries had to open up for outside industries.

  • For Mexico the only option was to work directly with the United States

North american free trade agreement nafta
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

  • This free trade agreement signed in 1994 opened the borders between the US, Canada, and Mexico

  • Without trade restrictions there was a sharp increase in the amount of industrial jobs relocating to Mexico

  • Maquiladora – plants located along the US-Mexico border that are taking advantage of cheap labor as well as proximity to the market

Problems with nafta
Problems with NAFTA

  • Deindustrialization within the United States

  • Inconsistency with ‘free’ trade

  • With the United States’ enormous agricultural production Mexican farmers are unable to make a living

Sub saharan africa hdi 0 51
Sub-Saharan Africa HDI: 0.51

  • This is a heavily rich region in resources

  • Faces issues with its enormous percent of population living in poverty.

  • Does not have the agricultural means to support the largest growing population in the world.

  • Faces internal issues due to previous colonial status.

  • Lack ability to ship goods from the country.

Brandt line north south line1
Brandt Line (North/South Line)

  • This line is used to show the clear global trend of LDCs existing in the territory below 30° N latitude, with the exception of the South Pacific.

  • The LDCs closest to this line tend to have higher indexes then those further away.

Industrial regions