Geography and Imperialism, 1820-1940

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Manchester University Press, 1995 - Colonies - 338 pages
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This book examines the ways in which European imperialism was facilitated and challenged by geographical theory and practice in the period 1820-1940. It adds to current multi-disciplinary debates on the complex cultural, ideological and intellectual bases of European imperial conquests and colonisations by reference to geographical science.
These authors examine maps and surveys, exploration and travel, the activities and debates of metropolitan and provincial geographical societies, and a range of written and visual representations. The use of geographical knowledge as a tool of imperial propaganda is evaluated, together with its contribution to imperial debates on race, environmental perception and management.
The book explores imperial photography, the cartography of decolonisation and environmental management and conservation in the British empire. The work of societies such as the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Dutch Geographical Society and the Societe Geographie de Paris is evaluated.
 

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Contents

Geography and imperialism 18201940
1
George Grey James M R Cameron
13
photography geography and British
53
The Royal Dutch Geographical Society and the Dutch East
80
The provincial geographical societies in Britain 18841914
93
geographical knowledge
125
Historical geographies of the British empire c 18871925
151
Violet Markham on nature
189
the Societe de Geographie de Paris
221
Index 325
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Robin A. Butlin is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include Geography and Imperialism, 1820 1940 (co-edited with M. Bell and M. Heffernan, 1995), Historical Geography: Through the Gates of Space and Time (1993), and, co-edited with R. A. Dodgshon, An Historical Geography of England and Wales (2nd edition 1990), and An Historical Geography of Europe (1998).

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