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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.

Illustrative Geographies
Illustrative geographies
John Morrissey
Introduction

Researching and writing any historical geography involves envisioning and (re)presenting in the present a particular world from the past. In accessing that past, we use various forms of evidence to narrate the historical geography at the heart of our inquiry. Frequently, this also involves an attempt to illustrate that geography by using a contemporary map, sketch, image or other visual signifier. Visualization is after all ‘at the heart of geographic practice’ (Aitken and Craine, 2005: 251). However, it is not just in the depiction of the past that visual representations can be used; they can also be fruitfully utilized as sources in their own right to deconstruct the same diverse geographies that are typically divulged from analysis of conventional documentary ...

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