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.

Property and Money
Property and money
Mona Domosh

Introduction

Under capitalist modes of production, property – whether that refers to land, buildings, or copyrights – is defined principally through monetary value. Yet this has not always, nor everywhere, been the case. The chapters in this part elaborate on the various impacts that the equation of property with money has had on peoples’ lives and livelihoods. They raise new questions about the relationship between capitalist economies, space, and place, and bring a new awareness to longstanding questions in historical geography about capitalism and empire: what temporal and spatial relationships exist between money and territory? How does money as value circulate within and become fixed as cultural landscapes and built environments? In what ways did European empire building and settler ...

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