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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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Place description, regional geography and area studies: the chorographic inheritance

Place description, regional geography and area studies: the chorographic inheritance

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(p.246) (p.247) 7 Place description, regional geography and area studies: the chorographic inheritance
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A Century of British Geography
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Hugh Clout

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262863.003.0008

The uncertain relationship between studying regions (or places) and focusing on themes (or systematic processes) has characterised geography since the ancient Greeks, with ‘chorography’ being the term employed to define the art of ‘describing the parts of the Earth’. Geography had been taught in British universities since at least the sixteenth century, when students at the University of Oxford were instructed about maps, globes and discoveries. This chapter examines the manifestation of regional studies in British geography during the twentieth century, paying attention to the institutional structures and some of the individuals involved, as well as the publications that appeared. In particular, the chapter discusses place description, regional geography and area studies.

Keywords:   British geography, place description, regional geography, area studies, universities, chorography, University of Oxford

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