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.

Between History and Geography

Between history and geography
Michael HeffernanKaren M. Morin

Introduction

During the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, attempts were made by academics, scholars and writers of varying predilections and affiliations to bring together approaches and methods from history and geography to create a hybrid intellectual project, generally described as ‘historical geography’, in the belief that this would speak directly to the cultural and political challenges of the fin-de-siècle world. These efforts to ‘bridge the divide’ between the disciplines of time and space did not amount to a self-conscious, intellectually coherent campaign to recalibrate existing disciplinary formations, not least because the early proponents of historical geography held diverse opinions and were motivated by different viewpoints. Notwithstanding these differences, however, a broadly similar appeal ...

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