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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.

Evidence and Representation
Evidence and representation
John Morrissey

This final chapter focuses on the key determinant of doing any research: the evidence. Research in human geography involves the employment of evidence from any number of sources in the contemporary world; all of which pose significant challenges. Historical geographical research, however, incorporates yet more challenges given that its (re)presentation relies on the remnants, records and recollections of past worlds that we can no longer personally encounter or verify. From Alan Baker's plain observation that ‘the dead don't answer questionnaires’, we can begin to reflect on the difficulties of evidence in researching and writing historical geography (Baker, 1997). This chapter outlines some of the key challenges of doing historical geography by concentrating on four crucial aspects of research ...

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