This study explores how the rise of institutional geography in Victorian England impacted imperial fictions emergence as a genre characterized by a preoccupation with space and place. This volume argues that the alliance between institutional geography and the British empire which commenced with the founding of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830, shaped the spatial… Read More Jean Fernandez (2020): Geography and the Literary Imagination in Victorian Fictions of Empire: The Poetics of Imperial Space (= Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature, Vol. 57), Routledge: New York
Beginning around 1500, in the decades following Columbus’s voyages, the Atlantic Ocean moved from the periphery to the center on European world maps. This brief but highly significant moment in early modern European history marks not only a paradigm shift in how the world was mapped but also the opening of what historians call the… Read More Metcalf, Alida C. (2020): Mapping an Atlantic World, circa 1500, John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore.
Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in… Read More Mona Domosh, Michael Heffernan, Charles W. J. Withers (eds.) (2020): The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography. Sage: Los Angeles u.a.
Maps are inherently unnatural. Projecting three-dimensional realities onto two-dimensional surfaces, maps are abstractions that capture someone’s idea of what matters within a particular place; they require selections and omissions. It is these very characteristics, however, that give maps their importance in understanding how humans have interacted with the natural world and that give historical maps… Read More Kathleen A. Brosnan, James R. Akerman (eds.) (2020): Mapping Nature across the Americas, University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance trade and communication between peoples – for the spread of ideas and religion as well as commerce. This book traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the world’s greatest bodies of water, charting our relationship… Read More David Abulafia (2019): The Boundless Sea. A Human History of the Oceans. Alan Lane: London.
The Nördlinger Ries and Steinheim Basin, two conspicuous geological structures in southern Germany, were traditionally viewed as somewhat enigmatic but nevertheless definitely volcanic edifices until they were finally recognized as impact craters in the 1960s. The changing views about the origin of the craters mark an important paradigm shift in the Earth sciences, from an… Read More Martina Kölbl-Ebert (2020): From Local Patriotism to a Planetary Perspective. Impact Crater Research in Germany, 1930s-1970s. Routledge, London and New York.
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, formerly socialist countries have gone through manifold transformations, whilst remnants of socialism remain ubiquitous. The volume explores various spaces of the postsocialist landscape, presenting a mixture of real and imaginary spaces, of memory and nostalgia, of aesthetic and political symbolism, of the global East and the global South,… Read More Thomas Lahusen and Schamma Schahadat (eds.) (2020): Postsocialist Landscapes. Real and Imaginary Spaces from Stalinstadt to Pyongyang, transcript: Bielefeld.
Als sich der niederländische Kartograph und Landschaftsmaler Charles William Meredith van de Velde 1851 nach Palästina einschiffte, plante er nichts Geringeres, als eigenhändig das Heilige Land zu vermessen. Lange schon hatte die christliche Welt eine Karte auf Grundlage moderner Vermessungstechnik gefordert. Doch das Osmanische Reich, zu dem Palästina seit Ende der Kreuzzüge gehörte, hatte wenig… Read More Jutta Faehndrich (2020): Als Künstler und Kartograph im Heiligen Land (1851/52): Die drei Palästina des C.W.M. van de Velde, D. Reimer: Berlin.
International scholarship is increasingly aware that the ‘geographical tradition’ is a contentious and contested field: while critical reflections on the imperial past of the discipline are still ongoing, new tendencies including de-colonial studies and geographies of internationalism are focusing on the progressive aspects of plural geographical traditions. This volume contains selected papers presented at two… Read More Bruno Schelhaas, Federico Ferretti, André Reyes Novaes, Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg (2020): Decolonising and Internationalising Geography. Essays in the History of Contested Science, Springer: Cham.
This book gives a comprehensive view of the strengths and limits of the interdisciplinary methods that work together to form the geohistorical approach to geographical and geological sciences. The geohistorical approach can be synthetically defined as a multi- and interdisciplinary approach that uses techniques and perspectives, mainly from geography, history, and natural sciences, to examine… Read More Silvia Elena Piovan (2020): The Geohistorical Approach. Methods and Applications, Springer: Cham.