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Biographical Dictionary Of Geography

Biographical Dictionary Of Geography

by Robert P. Larkin, Gary L. Peters
     
 

This biographical dictionary provides sketches of seventy- seven individuals—explorers, writers, and scholars—from Aristotle to David W. Harvey, who made significant contributions to the development of the discipline of geography. The work examines a cross section of geographers from a variety of subfields within the discipline, from ancient to

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This biographical dictionary provides sketches of seventy- seven individuals—explorers, writers, and scholars—from Aristotle to David W. Harvey, who made significant contributions to the development of the discipline of geography. The work examines a cross section of geographers from a variety of subfields within the discipline, from ancient to modern.

Each entry examines the career and impact of the individual and then provides selected bibliographies of works by and about the person. The work contains internal cross-referencing, and the entire volume concludes with appendices listing the individuals chronologically as well as by country of birth. It has a general subject index and essential reference material for the general public and students looking for information on key figures and a background to the discipline.

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Starting in 625 B.C. with "Thales of Miletus" and continuing to "David W. Harvey", born in 1935, this collection of brief biographical sketches covers more than 70 individuals who have contributed to the evolution of the modern discipline of geography. The editors chose to profile those who represent a cross section of the subfields within the discipline, ancient to modern. Larkin and Peters are both geography professors, the former at the University of Colorado, the latter at California State University. They have also published "Dictionary of Concepts in Human Geography" (Greenwood, 1983) and "Dictionary of Concepts in Physical Geography" ["RBB" N 1 88] Along with figures familiarly associated with geography, such as Amundsen, Darwin, and Copernicus, this work also covers contributions to the discipline by such persons as John Muir, Aristotle, and Immanuel Kant. While the majority of biographees are deceased, a dozen profiles are included for living individuals. The entries, presented alphabetically by surname, are typically two pages of text followed by a selected bibliography of writings by the individual, a chronology of important events in the person's life, and citations to other biographical references. The narrative portion focuses on how the individual's career contributed to the field. For instance, for "Alexander von Humboldt", the text concludes, "What has not been so generally recognized among English-speaking scholars is Humboldt's insistence on the areal associations of diverse categories of physical and human phenomena. This is his contribution to geographic knowledge and the discipline of geography." Asterisks are used to indicate internal cross-referencing among geographers The appendix includes an arrangement of names by nationality and a chronological list. Seventy-five percent of the biographies are listed under the U.S., U.K., or Germany. The remainder represent such nations as Turkey, China, and Greece. The chronological list is particularly useful because it allows the reader to get a quick sense of how an individual fit into the overall development of ideas in the field. Following the appendix is a brief subject index Many of the people included in this new title will be found in such standard sources as "Dictionary of Scientific Biography" and "Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists". However, the "Biographical Dictionary of Geography" is unique because of its focus on contributions to the discipline of geography and the connections it makes among the work of scientists in this field. It is a recommended purchase for academic libraries supporting research in geography.
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Education and career sketches of 77 individuals, from Aristotle to David W. Harvey, who have made significant contributions in the discipline of geography. They represent a cross-section of people in the various subfields, ancient and modern. Includes primary and secondary bibliographies, chronologies, and a list by country of origin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313276224
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1993
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT P. LARKIN is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

GARY L. PETERS is Professor of Geography at California State University, Long Beach. Among their earlier publications are the Dictionary of Concepts in Human Geography and the Dictionary of Concepts in Physical Geography (Greenwood Press, 1983 and 1988, respectively).

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