Key Concepts in Historical Geography
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Key Concepts in Historical Geography



© 2014 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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"This ambitious volume reviews the best recent work in historical geography... It demonstrates how a dual sense of history and geography is necessary to understand such key areas of contemporary debate as the inter-relationship between class, race and gender; the character of nations and nationalism; the nature and challenges of urban life; the legacies of colonialism; and the meaning and values attributed to places, landscapes and environments."
- Mike Heffernan, University of Nottingham

Key Concepts in Historical Geography forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 24 short essays, it provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Historical Geography. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes:

  • An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field
  • 24 key concepts entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject
  • Pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading

Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an ideal companion text for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students and covers the expected staples from the discipline - from people, space and place to colonialism and geopolitics - in an accessible style. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, it is is an essential addition to any human geography student's library.

Introduction
Historical Geographies in the Present  
Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies
Imperialism and Empire
Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism
Development
Nation-Building and Geopolitics
Territory and Place
Identity and the Nation
Imaginative Geographies and Geopolitics
Historical Hierarchies
Class, Hegemony and Resistance
Race
Gender
The Built Environment
Nature and the Environment
Making Sense of Urban Settlement
Geographies of Urban Morphology
Place and Meaning
Landscape and Iconography
Conceptualising Heritage
Performance, Spectacle and Power
Modernity and Modernisation
Capitalism and Industrialisation
Cultures of Science and Technology
Modernity and Democracy
Beyond the Border
Globalisation
Governmentality
Nature-Culture
The Production of Historical Geographical Knowledge
Historical Geographical Traditions
Illustrative Geographies
Evidence and Representation

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Imperialism and Empire


This ambitious volume reviews the best recent work in historical geography and sets this literature in a novel interpretative framework shaped in part by the continental European and Irish intellectual contexts within which the four authors were trained. It demonstrates how a dual sense of history and geography is necessary to understand such key areas of contemporary debate as the inter-relationship between class, race and gender; the character of nations and nationalism; the nature and challenges of urban life; the legacies of colonialism; and the meaning and values attributed to places, landscapes and environments.

Mike Heffernan
University of Nottingham

A lively and imaginative compendium that confirms the importance of an historically-informed human geography.

Derek Gregory
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The editors bring together strengths from the study of geography and history in Europe, Canada and the US and respectively are experts in colonialism, human geography, social theory and aspects of heritage and memory. This situates them excellently to write an edited volume on concepts of historical geography.

Seth Franzman, The Hebrew University
Geography Research Forum

...this volume aims to fill the gap created by dictionary entries that are too terse to explain concepts that geographers use to think about the world, broad textbook overviews that rarely deal with conceptual issues, and narrowly-framed research monographs in which discussions of concepts are both advanced and inaccessible.

Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia, Canada
Journal of Historical Geography

useful for trainees who are new to studying historical geography - they have found this to be a supportive and informative text.

Ms Kate Glanville
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
June 25, 2015

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