Geography: Discipline, Profession and Subject since 1870: An International Survey

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 31, 2001 - History - 331 pages
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Gary S. Dunbar "Pro-fesh-yon-al-i-zay-shun . . . pro-fesh-yon-al-i-ZAY-shunl . . . I do not think I like that word . . . I am quite certain I do not like that wordl," said A. F. Martin of Oxford University in 1980 when I mentioned to him that I was making a study of the professionalization of geography in Europe and North America from about 1870 to 1930. I should not have been surprised by his reply, because Mr. Martin, a highly regarded lecturer, tutor, and university man, was in some ways a typical example of his generation of British geographers, in that he did not have an advanced degree and his publication record was meager. Except for a single remarkable essay (Martin 1951), he was not well known in the field of geography, at least not outside the United Kingdom. Was he, then, a professional geographer? Yes, indeed, because he was a full-time scholar in a distinguished university, even though he lacked the sort of credentials that have been demanded of subsequent generations of scholars, at Oxford and elsewhere. I certainly do not mean to denigrate Martin or his ilk; I am simply using this anecdote to launch a book on the emergence of modern geography.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
History of German Geography Worldwide Reputation and Strategies of Nationalisation and Institutionalisation
9
Geography in France Context Practice and Text
45
A Partial Biography The Formalization and Institutionalization of Geography in Britain since 1887
79
Modern Geography in Italy From the Archives to Environmental Management
121
Geography and Geographers in the Netherlands since the 1870s Serving Colonialism Education and the Welfare State
153
Stories on the Making of Geography in Sweden
191
Geography in Russia Glories and Disappointments
225
Academic Geography American Style An Institutional Perspective
245
The Development of Geographical Study in Canada 18702000
281
Index of Personal Names
317
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