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The Geographical Tradition: Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise

David Livingstone

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ISBN 10: 0631185860 / ISBN 13: 9780631185864
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 1993
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Title: The Geographical Tradition: Episodes in the ...

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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The Geographical Tradition presents the history of an essentially contested tradition. By examining a series of key episodes in geography's history since 1400, Livingstone argues that the messy contingencies of history are to be preferred to the manufactured idealizations of the standard chronicles. Throughout, the development of geographical thought and practice is portrayed against the background of the broader social and intellectual contexts of the times. Among the topics investigated are geography during the Age of Reconnaissance, the Scientific Revolution and The Englightenment; subsequently geography's relationships with Darwinism, imperialism, regionalism, and quantification are elaborated.

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This is the first intellectual history of a subject which over thelast five centuries has played a significant role in thedevelopment of Western civilization. The author describes theactivities of the explorers and map-makers of Renaissance and earlymodern Europe; the role of geography during the ScientificRevolution, the Enlightenment and the Darwinian Revolution; and theinteractions between geography and empire building in thenineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Since 1945 activity in the subject has been intense: DavidLivingstone provides a critical account of the trends, developmentsand occasional revolutions by which geography has emerged as amulti-faceted discipline offering unique and revealing perspectiveson a wide range of pressing social and environmental issues.

This is a book which all geographers will wish to have and toread.

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