The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge is a critical inquiry into how Geography as a field of knowledge has been produced, re-produced, and re-imagined. It comprises three sections on Geographical Orientations, Geography’s Venues, and Critical Geographical Concepts and Controversies. The first provides an overview of the genealogy of ‘geography.' The second highlights the types of spatial settings and locations in which geographical knowledge has been produced. The third focuses on venues of primary importance in the historical geography of geographical thought.
An Arbitrary Prelude: Sauer and Hartshorne on the Origin and Nature of Geography
Unsurprisingly given their power and influence in twentieth-century American geography, there has been much ink spilt about the geographical visions of both Carl Sauer and Richard Hartshorne, notably pointing to their differing and opposed conceptions of geography (Kenzer 1987; Entriken and Brunn 1989). Similarities also exist, notably the pair's dependence on German geographical writings to construct their visions, but one matter which has gone unremarked is a strategy of argumentation shared by them and exemplified in their paradigmatic works, ‘The Morphology of Landscape’ (1925) and The Nature of Geography (1939). Both Hartshorne and Sauer attempt to ground their arguments about how geography is and how it should be practised in ...