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 33: Outer Space

Outer Space

Outer space
Oliver Dunnett

Introduction: Historical Geography and the Cosmographic Connection

Several studies in the history of geography have drawn connections between ‘pre-modern’ understandings of the discipline and the ‘postmodern’ condition with which several critical geographers have associated themselves (Cosgrove 1990; Livingstone 1990; Olwig 2008). One aspect of these connections has been an understanding of the cosmos, the heavens, or outer space, and its place within geographical scholarship. Such studies have outlined how the neglected tradition of cosmography, defined as the study of ‘the globe and its relationship with the heavens as a whole’, achieved a synthesised understanding of the Earth's place in the universe as comprehended before the scientific revolution (Cormack 1997, 18). Such understanding, so the argument goes, could be reformulated in the ...

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