Geography and History: Bridging the Divide

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Geography and History is the first book for more than a century to examine comprehensively the interdependence of the two disciplines. Alan Baker, an historical geographer, focuses upon the work of North American, British and French historians and geographers but takes a global and interdisciplinary perspective upon the theory and practice of historical geography and geographical history. He analyses the views of historians on the relationship of their discipline to geography, and of geographers on the relationship of theirs to history. He considers in turn locational geographies and spatial histories, environmental geographies and histories, landscape geographies and histories, and regional geographies and histories. Seeking to bridge the 'Great Divide' between history and geography, Dr. Baker identifies some basic principles relating historical geography not only to history but also to geography, a reworking which signifies a 'new beginning' for this scholarly hybrid.
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"Baker has produced an admirably concise and clearly written survey of the major conceptual and methodological developments in British (largely English) and American historical geography—together with those in France—since the inception of this enterprise in the early twentieth century." - Lindsay Proudfoot, Reader in Historical Geography
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Alan Baker is an internationally renowned historical geographer who in 1998 was honoured by France as a Chevalier dans l'Order des Palmes Academiques for his contribution to the field.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
1 On the relations of geography and history 1
2 Locational geographies and histories 37
3 Environmental geographies and histories 72
4 Landscape geographies and histories 109
5 Regional geographies and histories 156
6 Reflections 206
References 228
Index 271
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