Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape: Readings and Commentaries

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William M. Denevan, Kent Mathewson
LSU Press, 2009 - Science - 480 pages

Perhaps one of the most distinctive and studied geographers of the twentieth century, Carl O. Sauer (1889--1975) had influence that extends well beyond the confines of any one discipline. With a focus on historical and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered praise from poets, natural historians, and social scientists alike who continue to explore Sauer's work. In Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's original works, including rare early writings, articles in now largely inaccessible publications, and transcriptions of key oral presentations that remain little known.

A student of the relationships between land and life, people and places, Sauer helped establish landscape studies in cultural geography and paved the way for paradigmatic shifts in the scholarly assessment of Native American history. By strongly advocating a land ethic, "a responsible stewardship of the sustaining earth," for his own and for future generations, Carl Sauer supplied an esthetic rationale and a historical perspective to the environmental movement.

The volume opens with two extended essays on Sauer's critics and his works. Essays by prominent geographers and other authorities on Sauer introduce each section of the book, adding a contemporary element to the presentation and interpretation of Sauer's life and scholarship in areas such as soil conservation, man in nature, and cultivated plants. A complete bibliography of his publications and an extensive compilation of commentaries on his life and work make this an indispensable reference.

Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape sheds new light on Sauer's contributions to the history of geographic thought, sustainable land use, and the importance of biological and cultural diversity -- all of which remain key issues today.

 

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Contents

Carl Ortwin Sauer 18891975 1975
3
Carl Sauer and His Critics
9
Thoughts on Bibliographic Citations to and by Carl Sauer
29
Bibliography of Commentaries on the Life and Work of Carl Sauer
53
EARLY EFFORTS
87
Introduction
89
Exploration of the Kaiserin Augusta River in New Guinea 19121913 1915
95
Preface to The Geography of the Ozark Highland of Missouri1920 1915
99
Introduction
271
The Prospect for Redistribution of Population 1937
277
About Nature and Indians 1939
292
Middle America as a Culture Historical Location 1959
296
Terra Firma Orbis Novus 1962
306
Chart of My Course 1980
324
Decline of Indian Population 1980
330
The End of the Century 1980
338

Mans Influence Upon the Earth 1916
103
Notes on the Geographic Significance of Soils A Neglected Side of Geography 1922
105
TOWARD MATURITY
109
Introduction
111
The Field of Geography 1927
119
Cultural Geography 1931
136
Correspondence on Physical Geography in Regional Works 1932
144
ECONOMYECONOMICS
147
Introduction
149
Abstract Geography as Regional Economics 1921
160
Regional Reality in Economy 1984 1936
162
Economic Prospects of the Caribbean 1954
173
CULTIVATED PLANTS
183
Introduction
185
Age and Area of American Cultivated Plants 1959
198
Maize into Europe 1962
213
MAN IN NATURE
229
Introduction
231
Soil Conservation 1936
242
Destructive Exploitation in Modern Colonial Expansion 1938
245
The Relation of Man to Nature in the Southwest 1945
252
Grassland Climax Fire and Man 1950
261
HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY
269
CARL SAUER ON GEOGRAPHERS AND OTHER SCHOLARS
343
Introduction
345
Ruliff S Holway 18571927 1929
352
Oskar Peschel 18261875 1934
354
Friedrich Ratzel 18441904 1934
356
Carl Ritter 17791859 1934
358
Ellen Churchill Semple 18631932 1934
360
Herbert Eugene Bolton 18701953 1954
362
Homer LeRoy Shantz 18761958 1959
367
Erhard Rostlund 19001961 1962
371
Richard J Russell 18951971 1967
375
David I Blumenstock 19131963 1968
377
INFORMAL REMARKS
381
Introduction
383
Letter to Landscape on Past and Present American Culture 1960
390
The Seminar as Exploration 1976 1948
392
The Quality of Geography 1970
398
Casual Remarks 1976
407
Doctoral Dissertations Supervised by Carl Sauer
417
Bibliography of Publications by Carl Ortwin Sauer
421
Contributors
433
Index
437
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William M. Denevan is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes and editor of The Native Population of the Americas in 1492.

Kent Mathewson is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including Culture, Land, and Legacy: Perspectives on Carl O. Sauer and Berkeley School Geography.

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