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A Century of British Geography$
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Ron Johnston and Michael Williams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262863

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262863.001.0001

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British geography 1500–1900

British geography 1500–1900

an imprecise review

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(p.10) (p.11) 1 British geography 1500–1900
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A Century of British Geography
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David N. Livingstone

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262863.003.0002

This chapter presents an impressionistic, and thus imprecise, sketch of the history of British geography from 1500 to 1900. Over these 400 years, British geography has assumed many different forms in many different arenas. Whether as a species of natural philosophy and mathematics, as a form of regional portraiture, as overseas lore, or expeditionary travel; whether in universities curricula or at royal courts, in school texts or learned societies; whether as a vehicle of national and local identity or as a channel of imperial desire: geography has been inextricably intertwined with the social, intellectual, political and religious history of the British Isles.

Keywords:   British geography, history, universities, royal courts, travel, natural philosophy, mathematics, learned societies, British Isles

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