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.

Histories and Geographies
Histories and geographies
Michael Heffernan

Introduction

Historical geographers have a special responsibility to reflect seriously and critically on the history of their discipline. As the Introduction notes, and as several chapters demonstrate, historical geography has in recent decades merged with the history of geography, previously a distinct intellectual project, albeit with common points of departure. As historical geography and the history of geography have become increasingly synonymous pursuits, it follows that no serious survey of recent research in historical geography would be complete without some discussion of how the subject has developed over time and in connection with cognate disciplines. This is especially pertinent since enquiries into the sub-discipline's history necessarily involve the same techniques of archival, textual and visual ...

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