All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas

Hardcover | January 26, 2005

byGeoffrey J. Martin

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Updated and revised to include theoretical and other developments, bibliographical additions, new photographs and illustrations, and expanded name and subject indexes, the fourth edition of All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas is the most complete and comprehensive book of itskind. The text also features a layout and readability that make the material easy to navigate and understand. The book investigates the ways in which the subject of geography has been recognized, perceived, and evaluated, from its early acknowledgment in ancient Greece to its disciplined form in today's world of shared ideas and mass communication. Strong continuities knit the Classical Period to the Ageof Exploration, then carry students on through Varenius to Humboldt and Ritter--revealing the emergence of "the new geography" of the Modern Period. The history of American geography--developed in seven of the twenty chapters--is strongly emphasized pursuant to the formal origins of geography in late nineteenth-century Germany, Darwin's theory of evolution, and the Great Surveys of the American West. This treatment is enhanced by chaptersconcerning parallel histories of geography in Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia (including the USSR and CIS), Canada, Sweden, and Japan-countries that at first contributed to and later borrowed from the body of US geographical thought. All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas, Fourth Edition, is ideal for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in the history and philosophy of classical, medieval, and modern geographical thought.

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Updated and revised to include theoretical and other developments, bibliographical additions, new photographs and illustrations, and expanded name and subject indexes, the fourth edition of All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas is the most complete and comprehensive book of itskind. The text also features a layout and re...

Geoffrey J. Martin is at Southern Connecticut State University (Emeritus).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:January 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. A Field of Study Called GeographyPart One: Classical2. The Beginnings of Classical Geography3. Geography in the Middle Ages4. The Age of Exploration5. The Impact of Discoveries6. An End and a Beginning: Alexander von Humboldt and Carl RitterPart Two: Modern7. What Was New8. The New Geography in Germany9. The New Geography in France10. The New Geography in Great Britain11. The New Geography in Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Commonwealth of Independent States12. The New Geography in Canada13. The New Geography in Sweden14. The New Geography in Japan15. The New Geography in the United States Before World War I16. The New Geography in the United States: World War I to Mid-century17. The New Geography in the United States: Mid-century to the Present18. Applied Geography19. New Methods of Observation and Analysis20. Innovation and TraditionIndex of NamesIndex of Subjects

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"This is the only book in the English language (and perhaps any language) to reveal much of the history of geography from Greco-Roman to modern times. It includes chapters on classical geography, the Middle Ages, the Age of Exploration, the impact of discoveries, and a summary of mid-19thcentury thought. The history of geography in the US is juxtaposed with the emerging geographies of Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia/USSR, Canada, Sweden, and Japan from the time of Darwin's elaboration of his evolutionary hypothesis. . . .indispensable reading for geographers and other socialscientists. Summing Up: Highly Recommended."-M.W. Dow, Choice, September 2005