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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.

Landscape and Iconography
Landscape and iconography
Yvonne Whelan
Introduction: Understanding Landscape

A landscape is a cultural image, a pictorial way of representing, structuring or symbolising surroundings. […] A landscape park is more palpable but no more real, no less imaginary, than a landscape painting or poem. […] And of course, every study of a landscape further transforms its meaning, depositing yet another layer of cultural representation. (Cosgrove and Daniels, 1988: 1)

Landscape holds a central place in geographical inquiry and approaches to its study and analysis have evolved over time. This chapter begins by reflecting on the development of the landscape concept in human geography, before considering more closely the approaches to landscape study that developed out of the ‘new cultural geography’ in the 1990s. In particular, ...

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