Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.

East Central Europe

East central Europe
Steven JobbittRóbert Győri

Introduction

History and geography have had a deep impact on public discourse in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, as in the past, historical grievances along with the pain of war and the trauma of territorial loss share equally in everyday conversations with memories of past victories and former glories. Widespread public sensitivity to historical events and the spaces within which they occurred is unsurprising given the crucial role that both history and geography have played in the foundation of national identity in the region since c. 1800. The formal institutionalisation of these two scholarly disciplines in the nineteenth century further legitimised the place of history and geography in the process of nation-building.

Research into historical geography was given serious ...

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