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 39: Speech
In 1820 a pamphlet appeared under the name of the Reverend Robert Wedderburn, a political radical then incarcerated for blasphemy in Dorchester gaol. Entitled Cast-Iron Parsons, or Hints to the Public and the Legislature, on Political Economy, it proposed that the clergy of the Church of England be replaced with stream-driven, cast-iron machines on wheels, given that ‘nothing was so much in vogue as the dispensing with human labour by the means of machinery’ (Wedderburn 1820a, 145). These metal ministers would, when properly superintended, cleaned and primed, deliver a range of short sermons chosen by the local magistrates and ‘neatly printed in separate copy-books, but done in the script type, to appear at a distance like a manuscript’. They would, the author ...