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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.

Identity and the Nation
Identity and the nation
John Morrissey

Historical geographers have long been concerned with matters of identity. Contexts from colonialism to capitalism have been variously examined, with studies spanning a range of issues, including class, power and resistance. Elsewhere in this volume, questions of identity are engaged around these and other axes of historical inquiry such as race and gender. This chapter, however, takes a particular focus on the historical geographies of nationhood, and using various examples explores how tropes of national identity were over time constructed and reproduced spatially. It examines too the theoretical concepts of sameness and difference upon which all national identities have been forged, and in outlining how diverse senses of identity networked in myriad historical geographical contexts the ...

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