The New Basis Of Geography; A Manual For The Preparation Of The Teacher

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byJacques Wardlaw Redway

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V Effects Of Topography On Commercial Development It has already been noted that the great period of discovery which followed the blocking of the trade routes by the Turks was the result of commercial enterprise, and incidentally of a quickening intellectual development. But the question occurs: Why should the blocking of these routes create a disturbance that revolutionized the whole world? If the former routes of trade were obstructed, why not go to the one side or the other and open new ones? Let us put a parallel question: Suppose one were to block the canon of the Colorado River, why should not the water remove the obstruction? The answer is easy: It couldn't. And the same answer applies in both cases; there were no other routes to take. Conditions of topography and climate had made all others well-nigh impossible. These routes had been travelled highways for more than three thousand years, and there were no others that under prevailing conditions were feasible. The conditions that made them were geographic, and the conditions that made other routes impossible were likewise geographic. Man may ordinarily overcome and rise superior to his environment, but he cannot annihilate it; and among the things he cannot do is to make possible trade routes in impossible places. When we come to look at the matter squarely, one conclusion becomes irresistible; namely, that in general about all the economies and activities of mankind are governed by conditions of topography and climate. In the preceding chapter it was shown that the rock envelope is undergoing constant movements, that elevation and subsidence--imperceptible except after long intervals--are going on in pretty nearly every part of the earth, the most noticeable results being in the vicinity o...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V Effects Of Topography On Commercial Development It has already been noted that the great period of discovery which f...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217094856

ISBN - 13:9780217094856

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