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.
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Charles W. J. Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Histories and geographies of science
2. Geographies of civic science: the British Association at work
3. The science of geography in the British Association
4. The dominion of science and geographies of empire: the BAAS overseas 18841929
5. Hierarchy, distribution, connection: geography as a science of the physical world
6. Measurement, exploration and ethnology: geography and the human sciences
7. Science, education and the 'crisis' in geography, 1910c.1939
8. Conclusion: the British Association, geographies of science and the science of geography