Academic journal article Geography

Key Concepts in Historical Geography

Academic journal article Geography

Key Concepts in Historical Geography

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Key Concepts in Historical Geography John Morrissey, David Nally, Ulf Strohmayer and Yvonne Whelan London: Sage Publications, 2014 308pp, 15x21cm, Pb: ?17.99, ISBN 978-1-4129-3044-4 This book forms one of the series produced by Sage entitled Key Concepts in Human Geography, and other publications currently available include: Economic Geography, Development Geography, Political Geography and Urban Geography.

Key Concepts in Historical Geography is divided into eight sections, each containing three short chapters on particular concepts in historical geography. The sections cover: colonial and postcolonial geographies; nationbuilding and geopolitics; historical hierarchies; the built environment; place and meaning; modernity and modernisation; beyond the border (globalisation); and the production of historical geographical knowledge. As such the book attempts to be comprehensive in its coverage of the areas of interest to historical geographers, discussing both the historical developments of the concepts under consideration, and the current state of the discipline in relation to those concepts. The four authors are all based in Irish universities, something which is reflected in the text where examples are frequently drawn from historical geographies of Ireland.

Although the chapters are short, containing both a conclusion and key points, along with references and suggested further reading, they are not aimed at students of school age. …

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