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Geographical Tradition : Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise

Geographical Tradition : Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631185864

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ISBN13: 978-0631185864
ISBN10: 0631185860
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Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 1992
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Geographical Tradition : Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631185864

David N. Livingstone

ISBN13: 978-0631185864
ISBN10: 0631185860
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 1992
International: No
Summary

This is the first intellectual history of a subject which over the last five centuries has played a significant role in the development of Western civilization. The author describes the activities of the explorers and map-makers of Renaissance and early modern Europe; the role of geography during the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the Darwinian Revolution; and the interactions between geography and empire building in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Throughout the book the development of geographical thought and practice is portrayed against the broader social and intellectual context of the times.

Since 1945 activity in the subject has been intense: David Livingstone provides a critical account of the trends, developments and occasional revolutions by which geography has emerged as a multi-faceted discipline offering unique and revealing perspectives on a wide range of pressing social and environmental issues.

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Should the History of Geography be X-Rated?

2. Of Myths and Maps.

3. Revolution, Celestial and Terrestrial.

4. Naturalists and Navigators.

5. Of Design and Dining Clubs.

6. The Geographical Experiment.

7. A ´Sternly Practical´ Pursuit.

8. The Regionalising Ritual.

9. Statistics Don´t Bleed.

10. The Geographical Tradition.

Bibliography.

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