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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.

Nature and the Environment
Nature and the environment
Ulf Strohmayer
Introduction

For the longest time, historical geography did not include ‘nature’ or ‘the environment’ amongst the topics explicitly selected for closer scrutiny. In close analogy to the majority of historical studies, historical geography was all about ‘man’ and his, occasionally her, lasting imprint on the planet. In other words: if we accept the time-worn, polarized differentiation between ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ as a valid discrimination between two independent analytical domains (and, as we shall see, there are many good reasons for not accepting it), historical geography firmly sided with ‘culture’ in its pursuit of geographical knowledge. ‘Nature’ became a topic only where and if it had been formed according to human creativity and tradition (as can be ...

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