These essays trace the evolution of British geography as an academic discipline during the last hundred years, and stress how the study of the world we live in is fundamental to an understanding of its problems and concerns. Never before has such an ambitious and wide-ranging review been attempted, and never before has it been done with so much knowledge and passion. The principal themes covered in this volume are those of environment, place and space, and the applied geography of map-making and planning. The volume also addresses specific issues such as disease, urbanization, regional viability, and ethics and social problems. This lively and accessible work offers many insights into the minds and practices of today's geographers.
British geography 1500-1900: an imprecise review ; The institutionalisation of geography as an academic discipline ; Physical geography and geography as an environmental science ; The domestication of the earth: humans and environments in prehistoric times ; The creation of humanised landscapes ; People and the contemporary environment ; Place description, regional geography and area studies: the chorographic inheritance ; The passion of place ; Order in space: geography as a discipline in distance ; Global, national and local ; Geography displayed: maps and mapping ; ; The geographical underpinning of society and its radical transformation ; Geography applied ; Geographers and environmental change ; The geography of disease distributions ; Geographers and the urban century ; Geographers and the fragmented city ; Geographers and the regional problem ; Geographers and sexual difference: feminist contributions ; Geographers, ethics and social concern