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Geography's Genealogies
Geography's genealogies
An Arbitrary Prelude: Sauer and Hartshorne on the Origin and Nature of Geography

Unsurprisingly given their power and influence in twentieth-century American geography, there has been much ink spilt about the geographical visions of both Carl Sauer and Richard Hartshorne, notably pointing to their differing and opposed conceptions of geography (Kenzer 1987; Entriken and Brunn 1989). Similarities also exist, notably the pair's dependence on German geographical writings to construct their visions, but one matter which has gone unremarked is a strategy of argumentation shared by them and exemplified in their paradigmatic works, ‘The Morphology of Landscape’ (1925) and The Nature of Geography (1939). Both Hartshorne and Sauer attempt to ground their arguments about how geography is and how it should be practised in ...

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