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The Geography of Education in Montana (and the Rest of the United States)

By Martin W. Lewis | August 6, 2022 |

What stands out is the high percentages of bachelor’s degrees in three different geographical categories: affluent urban and suburban countries, especially those associated with tech hubs; non-metropolitan countries with major universities (typified by adjoining Whitman County in eastern Washington and Latah County in northwestern Idaho); and affluent high-amenity rural counties in the West (typified by Pitkin County, Colorado).

The Geography of Religion in Montana (and the Rest of the US)

By Martin W. Lewis | August 5, 2022 |

The map of religious adherence in the United States defies some common perceptions. Membership in a religious organization, for example, is shown as higher rate in southern New England than in the eastern part of the so-called Bible Belt. The data used to make these maps, however, are not necessarily accurate, and they do not measure the intensity of religious …

Cannabis Legalization and the Electoral Geography of Montana

By Martin W. Lewis | August 3, 2022 |

Only two reliably Republican-voting states have fully legalized cannabis: Montana and Alaska.  It is not coincidental that both are in the West. Western conservatism leans in a more libertarian direction than Southern or Midwestern conservatism, with the important exception of the deeply religious LDS (Mormon) region centered on Utah and eastern Idaho.

The Geography of Drug Use in Montana – and in the Rest of the United States

By Martin W. Lewis | August 2, 2022 |

If there is a take-home message from these maps, it is that drug use tends to be higher in rural areas than in major metropolitan zones, particularly their suburban counties. This pattern is mostly clearly evident on the methamphetamine map. Many rural areas of the United States are experiencing economic and social distress, which is often associated with heightened drug use.

The Development of National Languages in the Germanic Zone of Northern Europe

By Martin W. Lewis | July 17, 2022 |

As is largely the case across the world, the development of national languages in the Germanic zone of northern Europe was more the product of state consolidation than the reflection of preexisting ethnolinguistic communities.

Language and Nationalism, Part 2: State and Language in Europe’s Romance Zone

By Martin W. Lewis | July 9, 2022 |

The relationships between language, politics, and geography are highly complicated across the Romance zone of Europe, challenging any facile stories of natural language-based ethnonational solidarity.

Language and National Identity, Part 1

By Martin W. Lewis | July 8, 2022 |

(Author’s Note: This is a preliminary draft of a chapter that might be included in a forthcoming book, tentatively entitled Seduced by the Map: How the Nation-State Model Prevents Us from Thinking Clearly About the World. It includes some bibliographical citations, but they are woefully incomplete.)  
There are good reasons why students of nationalism often emphasize language.[1] Building a community, …

Lecture Slides on Cannabis Legalization

By Martin W. Lewis | June 7, 2016 |

Dear Readers,
The slides from my final lecture of the academic year are available at the link below. The lecture examined the impending legalization of cannabis in California, as well as its status elsewhere in the world.
Cannabis Legalization
 

Caste Controversies Slides

By Martin W. Lewis | May 15, 2016 | One Comment

Dear Readers,
The slides from my recent lecture on caste controversies in India and on a related controversy about teaching Indian/South Asian history in California are available at the link below:
Caste Controversies in India
 
 
 

Lecture Slides on Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nagorno-Karabakh

By Martin W. Lewis | April 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

The slides from my lecture this week on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region are available at the link below, in pdf format.
Armenia, Azerbaijan & Nagorno Karabakh
 
 

Lecture Slides on Kurdistan

By Martin W. Lewis | April 14, 2016 | 6 Comments

Dear Readers,
My lecture this week for my course on the history and geography of current global events examined the Kurds and the idea of Kurdistan. The slides from this lecture are available at the link below.
Lecture on the Kurds and Kurdistan

Radicalization of Russia’s Muslims—Are Crimean Tatars Next? (Part 2)

By Asya Pereltsvaig | April 11, 2016 | One Comment

[Part 1 can be read here. Thanks to Iryna Novosyolova for a helpful discussion of some of the issues discussed in this post.]
 
In 2014, the Russian Federation acquired another Muslim group that may prove troublesome both within Russia and globally: the Crimean Tatars. According to the 2002 Russian census, there were only 4,131 Crimean Tatars living in the country, concentrated …

Radicalization of Russia’s Muslims—Are Crimean Tatars Next? (Part 1)

By Asya Pereltsvaig | April 10, 2016 | 14 Comments

[Thanks to Iryna Novosyolova for a helpful discussion of some of the issues discussed in this post.]
 
A recent article in Foreign Affairs listed the use of the French language as the best predictor of a country’s rate of Sunni radicalization and violence, and particularly of the percentage of a country’s Muslim population that joins in the international Jihad. According to …

India: Milk in the Northwest; Meat in the Northeast

By Martin W. Lewis | February 8, 2016 | One Comment

But milk drinking and the consumption of other dairy products is by no means uniformly distributed across India. Instead, as the maps posted here indicate, the country has a strong longitudinal gradient in this regard.

Tatarstan: A “Hostage of Freezing Relations between Russia and Turkey”?

By Asya Pereltsvaig | February 4, 2016 | 4 Comments

[Many thanks to Ekaterina Lyutikova for most helpful discussions of some of the issues discussed in this post, as well as for the photos, some of which are used as illustrations below. I’m also grateful to Martin W. Lewis for helpful discussions and edits and for modifying the Wikipedia map of Percentage of Ethnic Tatars, used below.]

Tatarstan has not been …

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