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.

Science and Technology
Science and technology
Charles W. J. Withers

Introduction

The subjects examined in this section are both ‘new’ to historical geography and longstanding ones overlooked. To select two as illustration, neither technology nor engineering has been much written about directly yet their consequences in terms, for example, of the production of agrarian landscapes or urban morphology or in environmental transformation have long been subjects of enquiry. There is, indeed, an established narrative within historical geography that sees it, broadly understood, as the study of human–environment relations. To be sure, this notion is differently cast in the ‘classical’ and ‘traditional’ work of H. C. Darby and Carl Sauer than it is in contemporary studies of political agency and environmental change. The concern with how and why ...

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