Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape: Readings and Commentaries [NOOK Book]

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Perhaps one of the most distinctive and studied geographers of the twentieth century, Carl O. Sauer (1889--1975) had influence that extends well beyond the confines of any one discipline. With a focus on historical and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered praise from poets, natural historians, and social scientists alike who continue to explore Sauer's work. In Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's original works, ...

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Overview

Perhaps one of the most distinctive and studied geographers of the twentieth century, Carl O. Sauer (1889--1975) had influence that extends well beyond the confines of any one discipline. With a focus on historical and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered praise from poets, natural historians, and social scientists alike who continue to explore Sauer's work. In Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's original works, including rare early writings, articles in now largely inaccessible publications, and transcriptions of key oral presentations that remain little known.

A student of the relationships between land and life, people and places, Sauer helped establish landscape studies in cultural geography and paved the way for paradigmatic shifts in the scholarly assessment of Native American history. By strongly advocating a land ethic, "a responsible stewardship of the sustaining earth," for his own and for future generations, Carl Sauer supplied an esthetic rationale and a historical perspective to the environmental movement.

The volume opens with two extended essays on Sauer's critics and his works. Essays by prominent geographers and other authorities on Sauer introduce each section of the book, adding a contemporary element to the presentation and interpretation of Sauer's life and scholarship in areas such as soil conservation, man in nature, and cultivated plants. A complete bibliography of his publications and an extensive compilation of commentaries on his life and work make this an indispensable reference.

Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape sheds new light on Sauer's contributions to the history of geographic thought, sustainable land use, and the importance of biological and cultural diversity -- all of which remain key issues today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807154694
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

William M. Denevan is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes and editor of The Native Population of the Americas in 1492.

Kent Mathewson is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including Culture, Land, and Legacy: Perspectives on Carl O. Sauer and Berkeley School Geography.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Williams xi

Preface William M. Denevan xvii

I About Carl Sauer

1 Carl Ortwin Sauer, 1889-1975 (1975) James J. Parsons 3

2 Carl Sauer and His Critics Kent Mathewson 9

3 Thoughts on Bibliographic Citations to and by Carl Sauer Daniel W. Gade 29

4 Bibliography of Commentaries on the Life and Work of Carl Sauer Compiled William M. Denevan 53

II Early Efforts

5 Introduction William M. Denevan 89

6 Exploration of the Kaiserin Augusta River in New Guinea, 1912-1913 (1915) 95

7 Preface to The Geography of the Ozark Highland of Missouri (1920 [1915]) 99

8 Man's Influence Upon the Earth (1916) 103

9 Notes on the Geographic Significance of Soils: A Neglected Side of Geography (1922) 105

III Toward Maturity

10 Introduction Geoffrey J. Martin 111

11 The Field of Geography (1927) 119

12 Cultural Geography (1931) 136

13 Correspondence [on Physical Geography in Regional Works] (1932) 144

IV Economy/Economics

14 Introduction Kent Mathewson Martin S. Kenzer Geoffrey J. Martin 149

15 Abstract: Geography as Regional Economics (1921) 160

16 Regional Reality in Economy (1984 [1936]) 162

17 Economic Prospects of the Caribbean (1954) 173

V Cultivated Plants

18 Introduction Daniel W. Gade 185

19 Age and Area of American Cultivated Plants (1959) 198

20 Maize into Europe (1962) 213

VI Man in Nature

21 Introduction William W. Speth 231

22 Soil Conservation (1936) 242

23 Destructive Exploitation in Modern Colonial Expansion (1938) 245

24 The Relation of Man to Nature in the Southwest (1945) 252

25 Grassland Climax, Fire, and Man (1950) 261

VII Historical Geography

26 Introduction W. George Lovell 271

27 The Prospect forRedistribution of Population (1937) 277

28 About Nature and Indians (1939) 292

29 Middle America as a Culture Historical Location (1959) 296

30 Terra Firma: Orbis Novus (1962) 306

31 Chart of My Course (1980) 324

32 Decline of Indian Population (1980) 330

33 The End of the Century (1980) 338

VIII Carl Sauer on Geographers and Other Scholars

34 Introduction Edward T. Price 345

35 Ruliff S. Holway, 1857-1927 (1929) 352

36 Oskar Peschel, 1826-1875 (1934) 354

37 Friedrich Ratzel, 1844-1904 (1934) 356

38 Carl Ritter, 1779-1859 (1934) 358

39 Ellen Churchill Semple, 1863-1932 (1934) 360

40 Herbert Eugene Bolton, 1870-1953 (1954) 362

41 Homer LeRoy Shantz, 1876-1958 (1959) 367

42 Erhard Rostlund, 1900-1961 (1962) 371

43 Richard J. Russell, 1895-1971 (1967) 375

44 David I. Blumenstock, 1913-1963 (1968) 377

IX Informal Remarks

45 Introduction Philip L. Wagner 383

46 Letter to Landscape [on Past and Present American Culture] (1960) 390

47 The Seminar as Exploration (1976 [1948]) 392

48 The Quality of Geography (1970) 398

49 Casual Remarks (1976) 407

Appendix: Doctoral Dissertations Supervised Carl Sauer 417

Bibliography of Publications Carl Ortwin Sauer William M. Denevan 421

Contributors 433

Index 437

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