An Historical Geography of Europe / Edition 1

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The central theme of this book is the changing spatial pattern of human activities during the last 2,500 years of Europe's history. Professor Pounds argues that three factors have determined the locations of human activities: the environment, the attitudes and forms of social organization of the many different peoples of Europe and lastly, the levels of technology. Within the broad framework of the interrelationships of environment, society and technology, several important themes pursued from the fifth century BC to the early twentieth century: settlement and agriculture, the growth of cities, the development of manufacturing and the role of trade. Underlying each of these themes are the discussions of political organization and population. Although the book is based in part of Professor Pound's magisterial three volumes An Historical Geography of Europe (1977, 1980, 1985), it was written especially for students and readers interested in a general survey of the subject.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
An Historical Geography is organized around snapshot ``pictures'' of Europe in seven ages, from ``the time of Athenian greatness in the fifth century B.C. through the first decade of the present century.'' For each age, Pounds discusses patterns of settlement and agriculture, urban development, the rise of manufacturing and trade, population change, and the effects of political organization. Transitional chapters supply the history between the highlighted ages. A strength of the book is its generous use of maps, charts, and graphs to illuminate the argument. Its one weakness is the abrupt ending with 1918 without discussion of future trends or of the consequences of past choices. This is a minor criticism, however; Pounds uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject to present a wealth of insights into the geographical underpinnings of human activities. Recommended for scholars as well as informed laypersons.-- David Keymer, SUNY Inst. of Technology, Utica
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521311090
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The physical basis of European history; Part I. The classical civilisations; 2. Europe in the classical period; Part II. The Middle Ages; 3. From the second to the ninth century; 4. Europe in the age of Charlemagne; 5. From the ninth to the fourteenth century; 7. The late Middle Ages; Part III. Modern Europe; 8. Renaissance Europe; 9. From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century; Part IV. The Industrial Revolution and after; 10. Europe on the eve of the Industrial Revolution; 11. The nineteenth century; 12. Europe on the eve of World War I; Index.

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