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Geography Militant : Cultures of Exploration and Empire - Felix Driver

Geography Militant

Cultures of Exploration and Empire


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Geography Militant is a compelling account of the relations between geographical knowledge, exploration and empire.

"A valuable contribution to the 'culture of exploration'. Geographymilitant lives on in advertising, photography, guide books, magazines and- virtually- in our imaginations." TravellerMagazine

"Expoliting the divide 'twixt' science and thesensational and pointing to differing geographies of variousperiods, this well wrought, closely knit book of nine illustratedchapters dwells on the age of exploration, colonization and theconcomitant rise of the British Empire and its institutions. Alisting of manuscripts consulted, extensive bibliography, and anindex complete this rigorous work." Choice

..".consistently thoughtful and lively; Felix Driverproduces a powerful sense of the complexity and strangeness of hismaterial." Times Literary Supplement.

"extremely wide ranging book which raises a multitude ofissues," Journal of European Studies.

" This book adds effectively to the traditional accounts ofexploration known to so many of us" International Journal ofEnvironement Studies

"a lot of material, many interesting ideas and observations, some fascinating juxtapositions, tantalizing suggestions, richreferences, and polished prose ..." Environment andPlanning

A "wonderful book [...] with Geography Militant FelixDriver has dined sumptuously at the Ritz-Carlton. To greatadvantage, he has quite successfully mined many veins of knowledgefar bayond those disciplines where geographers normally toil. Eachplace is revealed as pertinent and fascinating [...] This volumecontains so many meaty ideas, it is difficult [...] to give themthe attention they properly deserve. Suffice to say, Felix Driver'sMilitant Geography is a tour de force. The researchconducted to write this remarkable book is impeccable"
Terrae Incognitae, the journal of the Society for the History ofDiscoveries

"The range of material included in this book, only a portion ofwhich can be covered here, is exceptional. GeographyMilitant is a welcome contribution and will certainly spark areconsideration of assumptions in a number of fields, including thehistory of science, cultural history and the history ofimperialism." Susan Schulten, the History of ScienceSociety

"this splendid book describes the culture of exploration and themaking of he discipline of Britain in the 'militant' epoch. So manythemes and substantive descriptions tumble from these pages thatsummary is difficult" Christopher Lawrence, MedicalHistory

[Driver contributes] to the ongoing project of reevaluating thehistory of Empire, demonstrating that the science of location andits graphic productions were far less stable and effective thanpostcolonial critics have claimed" Robert D. Aguirre, VictorianStudies


1. Geographical Knowledge, Exploration and Empire.

2. The Royal Geographical Society and the Empire of Science.

3. Hints to Travellers: Observation in the Field.

4. Missionary of Science: David Livingstone and the Exploration of Africa.

5. Becoming an Explorer: The Martyrdom of Winwood Reade.

6. Exploration by Warfare: Henry Morton Stanley and his Critics.

7. Making Representations: From an African Exhibition to the High Court of Justice.

8. Exploring Darkest England: Mapping the Heart of Empire.

9. Geography Militant and its After-life.


ISBN: 9780631201120
ISBN-10: 0631201122
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.22  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1