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 8: Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes
Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes
Introduction: Death and Rebirth of Historical Geography in Southern Africa
In terms of the people, topics and concepts of postcolonial writing on Africa that prevail today, historical geography in and on Southern Africa bears almost no resemblance to its earlier twentieth-century configuration. The disconnect or rupture is curious – for in the 1980s and 1990s South African historical geography formed a powerful southern outpost of a vibrant international community of historical geography and was overtly concerned with the project of decolonisation (Crush et al. 1982). Geographers were an integral part of the progressive southern African scholarly community that forged a revisionist scholarship aimed at exposing the evils of the apartheid state (Crush and Rogerson 1983; Rogerson ...