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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.

Modernity and Democracy
Modernity and democracy
Ulf Strohmayer
Introduction

Most of the substantive content of the preceding two chapters has often been summarized underneath the headings of ‘modernity’ and ‘modernization’. In this common line of reasoning, the historical geographies that characterize capitalism, science and technology all appear to be connected to, if not causally explained by, processes related to the modernization of societies or aspects thereof. In fact, few scholars and commentators customarily differentiate sufficiently between any of these concepts, resulting in a situation where they are often used interchangeably. In this manner, concepts are effectively expected to shed light on each other in an all-too-often circular manner. Inspired by such linguistic transpositions, ‘modernity’ is thus not infrequently thought to explain ‘capitalism’ (or vice versa) or ‘technology’ ...

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