Geography and Science in Britain, 1931-1939: A Study of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

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This book examines the history and geography of science and the science of geography in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain and the British Empire. In considering the history and geography of the Association and of geography in local, national and imperial contexts, the book makes an important inter-disciplinary contribution to the history and geography of science and to the civic history of geography. Attention is paid to the Association’s workings, to geography as a civic science in Britain and ...

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Overview

This book examines the history and geography of science and the science of geography in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain and the British Empire. In considering the history and geography of the Association and of geography in local, national and imperial contexts, the book makes an important inter-disciplinary contribution to the history and geography of science and to the civic history of geography. Attention is paid to the Association’s workings, to geography as a civic science in Britain and overseas and to the connections between education and citizenship in a period of interwar "crisis" for geography and for science. This volume will greatly extend the knowledge of the British Association for the Advancement of Science as a leading body for the promotion of science as a public good and will engage social and cultural historians, historians of science and of empire and those with interests in disciplinary history, notably historians of geography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719079764
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. J. Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii

List of tables xiv

Preface and acknowledgements xv

1 Introduction: histories and geographies of science 1

2 Geographies of civic science: the British Association at work 24

3 The science of geography in the British Association 66

4 The dominion of science and geographies of empire: the BAAS overseas, 1884-1929 103

5 Hierarchy, distribution, connection: geography as a science of the physical world 135

6 Measurement, exploration and ethnology: geography and the human sciences 165

7 Science, education and the 'crisis' in geography, 1910-c. 1939 198

8 Conclusion: the British Association, geographies of science and the science of geography 232

Bibliography 248

Index 272

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