Geography and science in Britain, 1831-1939: A study of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Geography and science in Britain, 1831-1939: A study of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

by Charles Withers

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Overview

This book examines the history and geography of science in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain and the British Empire. In considering the history and geography of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and the discipline of geography in local, national and imperial contexts, the book makes an important inter-disciplinary contribution. 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 BAAS 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526116710
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 07/27/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (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 1884–1929
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, 1910–c.1939
8. Conclusion: the British Association, geographies of science and the science of
geography
Bibliography
Index

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