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 46: Photography, Travel, Archives
Photography, Travel, Archives
On 7 May 1998, a monument to the British Empire was destroyed. It had taken 20 years to construct and, in a morning, it was gone. Dealers, collectors, and curators came from far and wide to watch; a few left with a piece of history in hand. Evidence of its original splendour is scant; recognizable remnants were further disassembled. This was not a monument of stone or steel. No, that fateful morning in London, the photographic archive of the 8th Earl of Elgin was put on the auction block and, in a matter of minutes, this incomparable visual record of a lifetime of imperial service was dismantled and scattered to the four winds. The following day, the ...