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 35: Engineering
Why engineering? From infrastructure development to urban growth to environmental change, engineering lurks just below the surface of our most cherished historical topics, as both a practice and a narrative. Thus, although historical geographers rarely analyze engineering directly, they write constantly about its results.
This chapter proposes that historical geography should embrace engineering in the same way it does science. This approach would enrich historical geographers’ work across a variety of topics, while addressing knowledge production in new ways. Although engineering is not exalted like science as a knowledge-producing endeavor, engineers in fact act directly on scientific claims and scientific policies, rendering them visible and legible in monumental works and in quotidian practices. It is through the processes of design, construction, ...