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 32: Conservation
As representatives of a ‘sub-discipline of human geography concerned with the geographies of the past and the influence of the past in shaping the geographies of the present and the future’, historical geographers rarely claim their work has an urgent social and political relevance (Heffernan 2009, 332). During the 1970s, however, when environmental conservation came strongly to the fore, politically and intellectually, some historical geographers began to re-orient their research to highlight the importance of historical perspectives for environmental conservation. By researching the history of environmental conservation, historical geographers hoped to make themselves more useful to policy makers, or at least to add further context to natural resource management decision making. While this was sometimes no more than a rhetorical manoeuvre, a ...