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Geoffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336023.001.0001

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Richard Hartshorne, The Nature of Geography and Perspective on the Nature of Geography

Richard Hartshorne, The Nature of Geography and Perspective on the Nature of Geography

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(p.886) 15 Richard Hartshorne, The Nature of Geography and Perspective on the Nature of Geography
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American Geography and Geographers
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Geoffrey Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336023.003.0015

Numerous geographers had attempted to define geography and the geographer’s task prior to 1939. In the United States, such persons included W. M. Davis, W. S. Tower, N. M. Fenneman, C. R. Dryer, J. R. Smith, A. E. Parkins, I. Bowman, V. C. Finch, and others. Yet the geography that was thought and practiced was in a constant state of change. Hartshorne, keenly interested in philosophy and related matters, decided to write a work on the evolution and meaning of geography, and The Nature of Geography was published in 1939. With further thought, reading, discussion, and reflection, twenty years later, in 1959, he wrote Perspective on the Nature of Geography. These two books continue to stand alone as interpreting what geography had been.

Keywords:   Barrows, Fairgrieve, Upper Silesia, Hettner, The Nature of Geography, Leighly-Hartshorne Debate, Perspective

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