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.

Geography and the Holocaust

Geography and the holocaust
Anne Kelly Knowles

Introduction

‘It is hard to avoid geography when thinking about the Holocaust.’ (Stone 2016, 45)

Geographical ideas, and a disturbing number of geographers, were complicit in the Holocaust. Geographical theory influenced central tenets of Nazi ideology and provided a number of its key terms. Geographical models of urban development guided Nazi spatial planning. And geographical methods, notably ethnic mapping, were instrumental in targeting both Jewish populations and the enclaves of ethnic Germans whose presence in other countries became a justification for the imperial expansion of the Third Reich. The fact that antisemitism was common among academic geographers in the early twentieth century is not the most damning aspect of the discipline's association with National Socialism (Kost 1998; ...

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