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.

The Modern Discipline

The Modern discipline
Heike Jöns


Historical geography as a modern, twentieth-century discipline builds upon a long history of scholarship, discussed in the preceding chapters (Partsch 1891; Koelsch 2013). After the institutionalisation of geography as a separate teaching discipline in many European and American universities in the nineteenth century, a modern version of historical geography thrived during the early and middle decades of the twentieth century in the context of a historically-informed engagement with regions and landscapes. From the 1970s onwards, historical geographical research themes and conceptual approaches have proliferated beyond the dominant regional focus to embrace diverse topics at different geographical scales, as they were shaped by human migration and colonisation, exploration and travel, transport and trade, agriculture, urbanisation, capitalism, imperialism, industrialisation, warfare, ...

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