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This text offers readers a short and highly accessible account of the ideas and concepts constituting geography. Drawing out the key themes that define the subject, What is Geography? demonstrates how and why these themes - like environment and geopolitics- are of fundamental importance. Including discussion of both the human and the natural realms, the text looks at key themes like environment, space, and place - as well as geography's methods and the history of the discipline.Introductory but not simplified, What is Geography? will provide students with the ability to understand the history and context of the subject without any prior knowledge. Intended Audience: Designed as a key transitional text for students entering undergraduate courses, this book will be of interest to all readers interested in and intrigued by the "geographical imagination."

Doing Geography
Doing Geography

Geography surrounds us. We drive, fly, and walk, over and through it. At the same time, it is distant: geography is the landscapes beyond the horizon, the intriguing distance between here and there. So far I have been answering the question ‘What is geography?’ by looking at what geographers are interested in. This chapter looks at how they undertake their work. There are some specific practices associated with geography. The best known is mapping. Other activities closely allied with geography are travelling, fieldwork and connecting the human with the natural landscape. There are many more. After all, if we accept that geography is the world discipline, then its methods will be countless. However, this definition also allows us to distil the four ...

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