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Material World photographer Peter Menzel with Buddhist monks in Bhutan
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United States
• Third largest country; largest national economy
• Three-quarters Christian
• Modern societal strains
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Bhutan
• Small, mountainous country
• Traditional agricultural lifestyle
• Social, medical, and environmental difficulties
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Cuba
• Island country in the Caribbean
• Major sugar producer in the 19th century; African
slaves
• Fidel Castro
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This photograph shows the family in 2001, along
with the new possessions they’d acquired since the
original photograph was taken.
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Mali
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Vast mineral resources and cultural wealth
A very poor country
At one time, a very wealthy kingdom
Former French colony
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This photograph shows the family in 2001, along
with the new possessions they’d acquired since the
original photograph was taken.
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Kuwait
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Small country along the Persian Gulf
Vast petroleum resources
Economy flourished in the 20th century
Severely damaged by 1990 Iraq invasion
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South Africa
• Mineral wealth
• Apartheid
• Soweto
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Mongolia
• Sparsely populated
• Formerly communist, now democratic
• One-third of people are nomadic or semi-nomadic;
one-third live in the capital city
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This photograph shows the family in 2001, along
with the new possessions they’d acquired since
the original photograph was taken.
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Japan
• Major changes in the past century
• Most people live in urban areas on the coasts
• Similarities and differences between Japanese and
American families
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This photograph shows the family in 2001, along
with the new possessions they’d acquired since the
original photograph was taken.
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China
• Communist Country
• Most populous country with 1.4 billion people
• Communist gov’t enacted one child policy to curb
overpopulation, switched to two child policy in 2015
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India
• Second most populous country with 1.2 billion people
• Vast terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean
coastline
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• Population density is 386 people/km2
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Iceland
• A highly developed country
• Natural energy resources
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This photograph shows the family in 2004.
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Thailand
• Never colonized
• Relatively stable government and growing economy
• Buddhist culture
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Samoa
• Formerly called Western Samoa
• Traditional culture with some modernization
• Christianity
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Mexico
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World’s largest Spanish-speaking country
Rapid industrialization
Emerging middle class
Increasing urbanization
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