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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.

Introduction Historical Geographies in the Present
Historical geographies in the present
Introduction

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ wrote Spanish-American writer, George Santayana (1980 [1905]: 284), just over a century ago. A similar theme was taken up by Karl Marx (1979 [1852]: 103) in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. where he too reasons that history repeats itself but adds the important sequitur ‘first as tragedy, then as farce’ (cf. Žižek, 2009). In both Marx and Santayana we are reminded that to ignore or forget the past is to risk becoming a prisoner of it. The Irish novelist James Joyce also explored this theme, but gave it a slightly different spin. In his celebrated novel Ulysses, Joyce gave one of his central ...

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