American Geography and Geographers: Toward Geographical Science

Hardcover | March 6, 2015

byGeoffrey J. Martin

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The rise of American geography as a distinctive science in the United States straddles the 19th and 20th centuries, extending from the post-Civil war period to 1970. American Geography and Geographers: Toward Geographic Science is the first book to thoroughly and richly explicate this history.Its author, Geoffrey J. Martin, the foremost historian on the subject and official archivist of the Association of American Geographers, amassed a wealth of primary sources from archives worldwide, which enable him to chart the evolution of American geography with unprecedented detail and context. From the initial influence of the German school to the emergence of Geography as a unique discipline in American universities and thereafter, Martin clarifies the what, how and when of each advancement. Expansive discussion of the arguments made, controversies ignited and research voyages move handin hand with the principals who originated and animated them: Davis, Jefferson, Huntington, Bowman, Johnson, Sauer, Hartshorne, and many more. From their grasp of local, regional, global and cultural phenomena, geographers also played pivotal roles in world historical events, including the two worldwars and their treaties, as the US became the dominant global power. American Geography and Geographers: Toward Geographical Science is a conclusive study of the birth and maturation of the science. It will be of interest to geographers, teachers and students of geography, and all those compelled by the story of American Geography and those who founded and developedit.

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The rise of American geography as a distinctive science in the United States straddles the 19th and 20th centuries, extending from the post-Civil war period to 1970. American Geography and Geographers: Toward Geographic Science is the first book to thoroughly and richly explicate this history.Its author, Geoffrey J. Martin, the foremos...

Geoffrey J. Martin is the foremost historian of American Geography and official archivist of the Association of American Geographers, a position he has held for nearly 30 years. He holds these academic distinctions: Connecticut State University Professor, Distinguished Professor, and Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State Univ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:1240 pages, 9.41 × 6.61 × 2.4 inPublished:March 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviations for Archival SourcesAmerican and German Geography circa 1820's to 1919Geography and the American Normal SchoolToward the Emergence of Geography in the UniversitiesThe Physiographic ProvincesThe Study of Geographical RegionsCommercial and Economic GeographyEnvironmentalism and Its VarietiesThe Quest for Definition c. 1870-1919World War I: Geographers and the Path to WarWorld War I: Geographers and the Path to PeaceThe Millionth Map of Hispanic AmericaThe Science of Settlement: Studies of the Pioneer FringeThe Ecological Tradition in American Geography: A PerspectiveThe Emergence of a Political GeographyThe Nature of Geography and Perspective on the Nature of GeographyGeography, Geographers, and World War IIThe AAG and the ASPG: Schism and RapprochementThe Quest for Definition Continued c. 1920-1970EnvoiAppendixEarliest Known (U.S.) College/University Courses of Their KindIndex of NamesIndex of Subjects

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"Geoffrey Martin has been a contributor to the history of American geography for more than half a century. Beginning with a trilogy of works on William Morris Davis' most important students, Martin's work has consistently informed our understanding of that history. Martin's publications aregrounded in his unrivalled knowledge of the germane manuscript sources both in the U.S. and abroad. In this volume he traces the rise of American professional geography in the context both of its American roots and of contemporary developments in Britain and Europe. This landmark study will be aresource for teachers and students of the discipline for years to come, and an important first reference for scholars seeking to expand the breadth and depth of the field." --William A. Koelsch, Emeritus Professor of History and Geography, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University