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.
Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia
Russia and Eurasia
The Asian landmass has long attracted the attention of Western scholars, encouraged by imperial and state-led agendas and driven forward by desire for economic and territorial gain. At the same time, the West's encounter with the East has also been characterised by a genuine desire to discover more about a region, which for long periods had remained shrouded in mystery due to its considerable size and challenging environments. These encounters generated significant volumes of empirical material, gave rise to new understandings of the Asian continent, and also fed new imaginations. Linked to this, such activities also proved to be influential in shaping the development of geography as a discipline. Early practitioners of the art, including the German ...