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 37: Colonial Water and Hydro-Resilience

Colonial Water and Hydro-Resilience

Colonial water and hydro-resilience
Ruth A. Morgan


On the banks of Western Australia's Swan River is the city of Perth. Thought to be the most isolated capital in the world, the city nears its bicentenary as an Indian Ocean outpost of what was once the British Empire. Its origins as a capital date to June 1829, when Captain James Stirling located the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony at the midpoint between the port of Fremantle at the river's mouth and the arable farming lands on the upper Swan. Stirling interpreted the tall jarrah stands (jarrah is a eucalyptus native to western Australia) and the alluvial soils near the river as a favourable indication of soil fertility, and thus of land ...

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