Friedrich Ratzel: A Biographical Memoir and Bibliography

Friedrich Ratzel: A Biographical Memoir and Bibliography

Friedrich Ratzel: A Biographical Memoir and Bibliography

Friedrich Ratzel: A Biographical Memoir and Bibliography

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The material for this short biographical essay has been collected from scattered sources. The work connected with it has mainly been that of seeking out and assembling an outline account of a geographical professor's life, no part of which is really unknown, but which does not seem to have appeared before in coherent and accessible form to English readers.

For present-day students of Ratzel, by far the most valuable book is that by Dr Steinmetzler, Die Anthropogeographie Friedrich Ratzels und ihre ideengeschichtlichen Wurzeln, published at Bonn in 1956, to which frequent allusions are made in this essay. Dr Steinmetzler had access to the manuscripts of many of Ratzel's lectures and of some of his written works: he was also able to examine the scanty remains of Ratzel's correspondence. The result is a most useful and compact analysis of the character of Ratzel's anthropogeography, and on this most geographers must lean heavily in their own studies. His work also makes known the studies of Ratzel by O. Schluter at the beginning of the century and the more modern ones by H. Schmitthenner.

I am most grateful to him and to Professor Troll of the Geographical Institute, Bonn University, for help with this work at various stages, and to Mr Hermann Franke of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Bonn University; to Professor Jan Broek of the Department of Geography, the University of Minnesota, to Dr Sydney Smith of St . . .

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