Geography: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byJohn A. Matthews, David T. Herbert

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Modern geography has come a long way from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands, and simply mapping and naming the regions of the world. Spanning both physical and human geography, the discipline today is unique as a subject which can bridge the divide between the sciences and thehumanities, and between the environment and our society. Using wide-ranging examples from global warming and oil, to urbanization and ethnicity, this Very Short Introduction paints a broad picture of the current state of geography, its subject matter, concepts and methods, and its strengths and controversies. The book's conclusion is no less than amanifesto for Geography's future.

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Modern geography has come a long way from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands, and simply mapping and naming the regions of the world. Spanning both physical and human geography, the discipline today is unique as a subject which can bridge the divide between the sciences and thehumanities, and between the environment and ou...

John A. Matthews is Professor of Physical Geography in the School of the Environment and Society at the University of Wales, Swansea. His main interests include the biogeography and geomorphology of glacier-foreland landscapes and the reconstruction of Holocene glacier and climatic variations. He has led 36 expeditions to southern No...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199211280

ISBN - 13:9780199211289

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Preface1. Geography: the World is our stage2. The physical dimension: our natural environments3. The human dimension: people in their places4. Geography as a whole: the common ground5. How geographers work6. Geography's present and futureReferencesFurther readingIndex