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Key Concepts in Historical Geography

Key Concepts in Historical Geography

March 2014 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field.

All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading.

Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world.

This new and innovative includes entries on:
  • Colonial and Postcolonial geographies
  • Globalization
  • Space
  • Power
Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Historical Geographies in the Present

Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies
Imperialism and Empire
Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism
Nation-Building and Geopolitics
Territory and Place
Identity and the Nation
Imaginative Geographies and Geopolitics
Historical Hierarchies
Class, Hegemony and Resistance
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
The Production of Historical Geographical Knowledge
Historical Geographical Traditions
Illustrative Geographies
Evidence and Representation

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

This scholarly, detailed overview is a commendable work. In the introduction, the authors note that “an overarching methodological concern… is to ask geographic questions of the historical evidence that seeks to situate meaning in context” (p.2). Any student or professional within historical geography would agree that this work similarly situates meaning in context for the wide-ranging field of historical geography. Both the format and intellectual approach to Key Concepts in Historical Geography are quite successful, and this book is a necessary volume for any current or future scholar of historical geography.

Patrick D. Hagge, Arkansas Tech University
Historical Geography Review

landscape architecture crosses arts & sciences, research in geography is a very useful contextual area and students are recommended to explore this text as a supplementary volume.

Mr David Booth
Art & Design, Gloucestershire University
April 4, 2016

Useful guide to a range of key concepts. will be ordering for library and adding to reading lists

Dr William Jackson
School Of Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
August 14, 2015

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

This book is a wonderful theoretical introduction in order to get an overview of the historical roots of the spatial conflicts at all levels and also to track and understand the forms of evolution of those conflicts.

Mr Ahmad Izzo
Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
June 18, 2015

Thank you for your great service!

Mr Wolfgang Gruber
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection (IFFF), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
August 27, 2014

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Chapter One: Imperialism and Empire

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