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 1: Pre-Histories
Introduction: Of Sub-Disciplinary Histories
As Jonathan Rée has recently noted in the context of philosophy, the construction of disciplinary histories is vexed and contentious (Rée 2019, 2–3). This has certainly been the case for those who have reconsidered the histories of geography in the quarter of a century since David Livingstone's The Geographical Tradition (1992), probably the most sophisticated Anglophone history of the discipline currently available. Two sets of papers have reflected on Livingstone's achievement, one to mark its tenth, the other its twenty-fifth anniversary (Mayhew, Driver and Livingstone 2004; Boyle, Hall and Sidaway 2019). In both cases, in Livingstone's felicitous phrase, commentators have engaged in ‘ferret[ing] out an assortment of exclusions’ (Mayhew, Driver and Livingstone 2004, 233), ...