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 30: Weather Watching
Introduction: Climate Anxiety and Watching the Weather
In recent years, historical geographers have forged new connections with historians of geography who have considered the discipline's development as a scientific practice and as a body of scientific knowledge. While this rapprochement between previously distinct intellectual projects has often focused on the activities of prominent, mostly male protagonists, recent attempts to reconnect historical geography and the history of science has begun to examine the diffusion of geographical knowledge and scientific understanding among a wider public sphere. By focusing on popular attitudes to, and understandings of, the natural world, it has been possible to consider the complex interplay between everyday human activities and the physical environment. Whereas earlier generations of historical geographers often viewed ...