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Geography and Revolution

Geography and Revolution


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A term with myriad associations, revolution is commonly understood in its intellectual, historical, and sociopolitical contexts. Until now, almost no attention has been paid to revolution and questions of geography. Geography and Revolution examines the ways that place and space matter in a variety of revolutionary situations.

David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers assemble a set of essays that are themselves revolutionary in uncovering not only the geography of revolutions but the role of geography in revolutions. Here, scientific revolutions—Copernican, Newtonian, and Darwinian—ordinarily thought of as placeless, are revealed to be rooted in specific sites and spaces. Technical revolutions—the advent of print, time-keeping, and photography—emerge as inventions that transformed the world's order without homogenizing it. Political revolutions—in France, England, Germany, and the United States—are notable for their debates on the nature of political institutions and national identity.

Gathering insight from geographers, historians, and historians of science, Geography and Revolution is an invitation to take the where as seriously as the who and the when in examining the nature, shape, and location of revolutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226487335
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Series: Science * Culture Series
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David N. Livingstone is professor of geography and intellectual history at Queen's University, Belfast. Charles W. J. Withers is professor of geography at the University of Edinburgh. They collaborated previously on Geography and Enlightenment, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1. On Geography and Revolution
David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers
Part I - Geography and Scientific Revolution: Space, Place, and Natural Knowledge
2. Space, Revolution, and Science
Peter Dear
3. National Styles in Science: A Possible Factor in the Scientific Revolution?
John Henry
4. Geography, Science, and the Scientific Revolution
Charles W. J. Withers
5. Revolution of the Space Invaders: Darwin and Wallace on the Geography of Life
James Moore
Part II. Geography and Technical Revolution: Time, Space, and the Instruments of Transmission
6. Printing the Map, Making a Difference: Mapping the Cape of Good Hope, 1488-1652
Jerry Brotton
7. Revolutions in the Times: Clocks and the Temporal Structures of Everyday Life
Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift
8. Photography, Visual Revolutions, and Victorian Geography
James R. Ryan
Part III - Geography and Political Revolution: Geography and State Governance
9. Geography's English Revolutions: Oxford Geography and the War of Ideas, 1600-1660
Robert J. Mayhew
10. Edme Mentelle's Geographies and the French Revolution
Michael Heffernan
11. "Risen into Empire": Moral Geographies of the American Republic
David N. Livingstone
12. Alexander von Humboldt and Revolution: A Geography of Reception of the Varnhagen von Ense Correspondence
Nicolaas Rupke
Afterword: Revolutions and Their Geographies
Peter Burke

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