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Bringing Geography to Book : Ellen Semple and the Reception of Geographical Knowledge - Innes M. Keighren

Bringing Geography to Book

Ellen Semple and the Reception of Geographical Knowledge


Published: 15th September 2010
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Ellen Semple’s Influences of Geographic Environment (1911) -- a treatise on what would later be called environmental determinism -- coincided with the emergence of geography as an independent academic discipline in North America and Britain. Highly controversial and written by one of America’s first female professional geographers, it was considered by some a monument to Semple’s scholarship and erudition, while for others it was conceptually flawed. And yet its influence on the development and direction of the new discipline of geography was profound. Innes Keighren explains why Influences... was encountered differently by different people, at different times and in different places, and reveals why the book aroused the passions it did. The result is a pioneering work that provides a wholesale re-visioning of the way in which geographical knowledge is disseminated.

List of Figuresp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Geography, the book, and the reception of knowledgep. 1
Anthropogeography: a biographyp. 9
Popular and scholarly reviews of Influencesp. 46
From the field to the lecture theatre: proving and disseminating anthropogeographyp. 92
Influences' textbook careerp. 119
Reflections on the geography of receptionp. 174
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781848851412
ISBN-10: 1848851413
Series: Tauris Historical Geography
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th September 2010
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1