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 23: Geography at War
Geography at War
Geographers have long been drawn to war. Indeed, many of the discipline's canonical figures served on the battlefield or would come to advise military and political leaders on questions of armed conflict. This makes some sense, for the territorial states which had emerged from the political turmoil of the early seventeenth century demanded cartographic practice to delineate their boundaries. In Europe, territory had become the answer to the omnipresence of war, even though it would soon become a powerful cause of war. The rise of geopolitical ideas in the late nineteenth century, moreover, called for spatial abstraction and regional expertise, both of which paid crucial attention to military questions. It is for this reason that the history ...