The Changing Geography of the UK

The Changing Geography of the UK

The Changing Geography of the UK

The Changing Geography of the UK

Synopsis

Changing Geography of the UK is a fully revised third edition of this introductory text. The authors present a full description of the many geographical changes that have occurred during the 1990s in the UK. Some of the issues discussed are the effect on the geographical landscape caused by shifts in economy, society and politics.

Excerpt

The first edition of this book was published in 1982, the second in 1991. The first edition was stimulated by a wish to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of British Geographers, and it summarised what geographers had learned about the changing geography of the United Kingdom during those fifty years. The second edition brought the story up to date, with authors in that edition concentrating on changes during the 1980s. Both editions were very favourably received by fellow geographers, reviewers, and students, and were purchased in substantial numbers. Copies are still in use, but there is clearly a need for updating, for two reasons.

First, the geography of the United Kingdom continues to change, reflecting changes in both global social, economic and political conditions, and conditions in the United Kingdom itself. Both previous editions of this book were written during the long period of political domination of the United Kingdom by Conservative governments, from 1979 to 1997, and reflected the impacts of the policies of those governments on the country’s geography. Thus chapters describing spatial patterns of industrial and other economic activity, land use, resource exploitation and the interrelationships between people and the physical environment all variously explored the outcomes resulting from the impacts of government policies.

The present book brings the story begun in the previous editions to an end, and potentially heralds the beginning of a new one, following the election of a New Labour government in 1997. Authors were asked to concentrate on changes during the 1990s, but, as in the previous editions, were given considerable freedom to organise and develop their material as they wished, after editorial co-ordination to ensure a minimum of overlap and a maximum of appropriate cross-referencing. Authors have developed their chapters in a variety of ways, but each is characterised by a scholarly approach, founded on a detailed and intimate knowledge of their subject areas; many chapters incorporate the results of the authors’ own researches into the topics concerned. Chapters were begun in 1997 and completed in spring and early summer of 1998, and the data used in them reflects this

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