Location and Space-Economy: A General Theory Relating to Industrial Location, Market Areas, Land Use, Trade, and Urban Structure

Location and Space-Economy: A General Theory Relating to Industrial Location, Market Areas, Land Use, Trade, and Urban Structure

Location and Space-Economy: A General Theory Relating to Industrial Location, Market Areas, Land Use, Trade, and Urban Structure

Location and Space-Economy: A General Theory Relating to Industrial Location, Market Areas, Land Use, Trade, and Urban Structure

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Over the historical record, the process of social development and economic growth has been for the most part cumulative though at times seemingly erratic. On occasion it has been recessive. Some of its stages have been forced to start at their origins more than once. Moreover, these stages have started independently at diverse places on the earth at different times. Together with the manifold cultural, political, social, and economic forces which have evolved this fact has led, over the centuries, to marked regional differentiations and to tremendous disparities in the welfare of the peoples of the several regions of the world.

Such a record of man's adaptation to, and interaction with, his physical environment suggests that a comprehensive theory of society or economy should embrace both time and space dimensions. It should be able to unravel the dynamic interplay of forces not only currently but also over the long past. Its propositions should be testable against the background of historic development in the several regions of the world and concomitantly should offer explanation of this development. Its hypotheses should encompass the influence of past events and intermingling of forces upon existing economic and social structure and conditions. Ideally, its conceptual framework should enable one to anticipate the course of future development, given certain premises and judgments.

Unhappily, the state of the social science disciplines leaves very . . .

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