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The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography

The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

December 2020 | 1 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research.

The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world’s growing and mobile population.

Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice.

Part 1: Histories and Geographies

Part 2: Land and Landscapes

Part 3: Property and Money

Part 4: Population and Mobility

Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics

Part 6: Environment and Nature

Part 7: Science and Technology

Part 8: Meaning and Communication

Part 9: Studies in Practice


Mona Domosh, Michael Heffernan & Charles W. J. Withers
Editors' Introduction
Part I: Histories and Geographies
Michael Heffernan
Introduction to Part I
Robert Mayhew
Chapter 1: Pre-histories
Michael Heffernan and Karin M. Morin
Chapter 2: Between History and Geography
Heike Jöns
Chapter 3: The Modern Discipline
Steve Jobbitt and Robert Gyori
Chapter 4: East Central Europe
Jonathan D. Oldfield
Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia
Part II: Land and Landscapes
Mona Domosh
Introduction to Part II
Veronica Della Dora
Chapter 6: Landscape and History
Don Mitchell and Carlo Sica
Chapter 7: Landscape and Labour
Naomi Roux and Susan Parnell
Chapter 8: Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes
Brian Williams, Levi van Sant, Alex A. Moulton & Janae Davis
Chapter 9: Race, Land & Freedom
Garth Myers
Chapter 10: Global Cityscapes
Briony McDonagh
Chapter 11: Land, Landscape and Home
Part III: Property and Money
Mona Domosh
Introduction to Part III
Chris Muellerleile
Chapter 12: The Place of Money in History
Jane M. Jacobs
Chapter 13: Building Capital
Vanessa Sloan Morgan, May Farrales and Sarah de Leeuw
Chapter 14: Geographies of Dispossession
Joshua F.J. Inwood, Derek H. Alderman and Stephen P. Hanna
Chapter 15: Slavery and Empires
Andrew Davies
Chapter 16: Industrialisation and Resistance
Part IV: Population and Mobility
Charles W. J. Withers
Introduction to Part IV
Matthew G. Hannah
Chapter 17: Enumerating the Populace
Stephen Legg
Chapter 18: Population, Mobility and Moral Regulation
Catherine Coleborne and Maree O’Connor
Chapter 19: Vagrancy, Mobility and Colonialism
Cheryl McGeachan
Chapter 20: Troubling, Troubled, Troublesome
David Nally
Chapter 21: Famine and Hunger: Enclosures, Entitlements and the Production of Starvation
Paul Jackson
Chapter 22: Disease: Dangerous Vectors

Part V: Territory and Geopolitics
Michael Heffernan
Introduction to Part V
Ian Klinke
Chapter 23: Geography at War
Elliott Child and Trevor Barnes
Chapter 24: State and Territory
Anne Kelly Knowles
Chapter 25: Geography and the Holocaust
Matt Farish
Chapter 26: Cold War Planet
Cordelia Freeman
Chapter 27: Borders
Part VI: Environment and Nature
Michael Heffernan
Introduction to Part VI
Richard Powell
Chapter 28: Nature, Environment and the North
Martin Mahony
Chapter 29: Climate and Climate Change
Georgina Endfield
Chapter 30: Weather Watching
Matthew Gandy
Chapter 31: Urban Nature
Mike Roche
Chapter 32: Conservation
Part VII: Science and Technology
Charles W. J. Withers
Introduction to Part VII
Oliver Dunnett
Chapter 33: Outer Space
Scott Kirsch
Chapter 34: Technology as a Geographical Keyword
K. Maria D. Lane
Chapter 35: Engineering
Isla Forsyth
Chapter 36: Military Technology
Ruth Morgan
Chapter 37: Colonial Water: Hydro-resilience, Engineering and Empire
Simon Naylor and Matthew Goodman
Chapter 38: Mapping and the Physical Sciences
Part VIII: Meaning and Communication
Charles W. J. Withers
Introduction to Part VIII
Miles Ogborn
Chapter 39: Speech
Innes M. Keighren and Benjamin Newman
Chapter 40: Worlds into Words – and Back Again
Andres Reyes Novaes
Chapter 41: Historical Geographies of Newspaper Print Media
James Akerman
Chapter 42: Maps, Publishing, and Civil Authority in the Age of Print
Lachlan Fleetwood
Chapter 43: Cultures of Regulation and Calibration
Jeremy Crampton
Chapter 44: Historical Geographies of Big Data
Part IX: Studies in Practice
Mona Domosh
Introduction to Part IX
Claire Warrior
Chapter 45: Memory, Materiality, Museology
Joan M. Schwartz
Chapter 46: Photography, Travel, Archives
Hannah Neate
Chapter 47: Architecture, Buildings, Stories
Nicola Thomas
Chapter 48: Craft and Practice
Harriet Hawkins
Chapter 49: History, Geography and the Geohumanities

In these two indispensable volumes, editors Domosh, Heffernan and Withers bring together 50 diverse and vital voices to engage deeply with historical geography’s past, present and future. The result of this remarkable collaboration is a guidebook to this distinctive field unlike any other. It is both an insightful, international overview and an exciting basis for informed engagement with today’s world. Historical geography is quintessentially an interdisciplinary endeavor: with its lively and well-researched contributions addressing resonant themes from landscape to dispossession, outer space to big data, the Handbook of Historical Geography will spark the geographical imaginations of a wide readership.

Laura Jean Cameron
Queen's University, Canada

This is the book that historical geographers have long been waiting for. In fifty chapters organised into nine sections the authors provide an authoritative and engaging survey of the international field of historical geography. Taking a generous definition of the subject, the contributors take a fresh look at fundamental themes such as landscape, population, territory, industrialisation and environmental change, as well as addressing neglected topics of vital contemporary significance including geographies of money, slavery, war, dispossession and heritage practice. The chapters typically combine informed synopsis of research in a particular subject area (such as ‘disease’, ‘engineering’, ‘global cityscapes’, ‘state and territory’, ‘the Holocaust’, ‘speech’ or ‘conservation’)  with arguments that are compelling, challenging and accessible. This book is testimony to the vitality and diversity of a field which has produced some of the finest writing in the discipline of geography. It will be a godsend to future generations of students and teachers

Felix Driver
Royal Holloway, University of London

Unparalleled in its vision and ambition, the SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography is an inspiring testament to the intellectual strength and vibrancy of geographical research on the past. Essays by more than 50 contributors extend across a diverse range of subjects, times, places and contexts, demonstrating the intellectual scope and depth of historical geography. The Handbook’s historical geographies are conceptually and politically engaged, methodologically rigorous and creative, and empirically rich and resonant. From chapters focusing on slavery, famine, disease and climate change, to the historiography of historical geography and research in practice, the Handbook will make a vital and lasting contribution to understanding the past, making sense of the present and imagining possible futures.  

Alison Blunt
Professor of Geography, Queen Mary University of London

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