The Geographical Imagination In America, 1880-1950

Paperback | December 15, 2002

bySusan Schulten

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In this rich and fascinating history, Susan Schulten tells a story of Americans beginning to see the world around them, tracing U.S. attitudes toward world geography from the end of nineteenth-century exploration to the explosion of geographic interest before the dawn of the Cold War. Focusing her examination on four influential institutions—maps and atlases, the National Geographic Society, the American university, and public schools—Schulten provides an engaging study of geography, cartography, and their place in popular culture, politics, and education.

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In this rich and fascinating history, Susan Schulten tells a story of Americans beginning to see the world around them, tracing U.S. attitudes toward world geography from the end of nineteenth-century exploration to the explosion of geographic interest before the dawn of the Cold War. Focusing her examination on four influential instit...

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What is the history of geography in this country? How have Americans been taught to see the world around them? Susan Schulten addresses these questions by examining how ideas and images shaped popular understandings of world geography from the 1880s to the 1950s, a critical period in history that saw the United States evolve from a r...

Susan Schulten is an assistant professor of history at the University of Denver.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 15, 2002Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226740560

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
Part One. Making Geography Modern
2. Maps for the Masses, 1880-1900
3. Science, Culture, and Expansionism in the Making of the National Geographic, 1888-1900
4. Creating the Science of Geography, 1880-1919
5. School Geography, the "Mother of All Sciences," 1880-1914
Part Two. Geography for the American Century
6. School Geography in the Age of Internationalism, 1914-1950
7. Negotiating Success at the National Geographic, 1900-1929
8. The Map and the Territory, 1900-1939
9. War and the Re-creation of the World, 1939-1950
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index