Major James Rennell and the Rise of Modern English Geography

Major James Rennell and the Rise of Modern English Geography

by Clements R. Markham

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Major James Rennell and the Rise of Modern English Geography by Clements R. Markham

In this 1895 survey of the life and works of James Rennell (1742-1830), the geographer and historian Clements R. Markham (1830-1916) describes him as 'the greatest geographer that Great Britain has yet produced'. The book was published in the 'Century Science Series', which narrated the lives and works of exemplars in each area of science, and Markham goes on to explain why Rennell should be the chosen representative of geography. 'He was an explorer both by sea and land, a map compiler, a physical geographer, a critical and comparative geographer, and a hydrographer.' Rennell is probably best remembered for the surveys of western Asia (also reissued in this series) in which he attempted to match modern to classical sites, but his professional career was spent as an army surveyor in India and Africa. Markham's account of Rennell's life concludes with an examination of his geographical legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108071833
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - South Asian History
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Chudleigh and the Navy; 2. Naval service in the East Indies; 3. Surveyor-general of Bengal; 4. Review of geography; 5. Geographical work for India; 6. Geographical work for western Asia; 7. Geographical work for Africa; 8. Hydrography; 9. Antiquarian research; 10. The debt of posterity; 11. Last years; Index.

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