Perspective on the Nature of Geography

Perspective on the Nature of Geography

Perspective on the Nature of Geography

Perspective on the Nature of Geography

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For twenty years the leading methodological treatment of geography in English has been Richard Hartshorne's The Nature of Geography. First published in 1939 in two expanded numbers of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and reprinted at the time in book form, it has often been reissued by photo-offset. In 1946 the author made some minor revisions and additions which were presented as notes on added pages without alteration of the original text, and these have been included in all subsequent reprintings.

Meanwhile, more and more persons have become geographers, and the literature of substantive geographical research has grown enormously. At the same time, geographers in all countries have continued to study the history of geographical thought, to undertake new analyses of geographical methodology, and to suggest further avenues for exploration along these lines. Hence, under circumstances described in his Foreword, Professor Hartshorne was moved to make a new statement which would bring up to date his own and others' thinking, and would express a logical concept of geographic investigation and scholarship more directly and in a more affirmative manner than in the earlier work.

The study was completed in first draft at the time the Monograph Series was announced. It was submitted to the first editor of the series, Derwent Whittlesey, shortly before his untimely death, and came thereafter to the present editor, Andrew H. Clark. Because of his personal association with the author as a colleague, and because he had been among those who had urged the author to write such a positive statement, Professor Clark withdrew from the selection board and was replaced by Edward A. Ackerman, who served with the other undersigned regular members at the time. This board recommended the work for publication.

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