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

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

by David N. Livingstone


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631185352
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1992
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

David Livingstone is the author of Nathaniel Southgate Shaler and the Culture of American Science (1987), Darwin's Forgotten Defenders (1987) and The Preadamite Theory (1992), and of many articles on the history of goegraphy and the history of science. He is Reader in the School of Geosciences, at the Queen's University of Belfast.

Table of Contents


1. Should the History of Geography be X-Rated? Telling Geography's Story.

2. Of Myths and Maps: Geography in the Age of Reconnaissance.

3. Revolution, Celestial and Terrestrial: Geography nad the Scientific Revolution.

4. Naturalists and Navigators: Geography in the Enlightenment.

5. Of Design and Dining Clubs: Pre-Darwinian Geography.

6. The Geographical Experiment: Evolution and the Founding of a Discipline.

7. A 'Sternly Practical' Pursuit: Geography, Race and Empire.

8. The Regionalising Ritual: Geography, Place and Particularity.

9. Statistics Don't Bleed: Quantification and its Detractors.

10. The Geographical Tradition: A Conversational Conclusion.



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