The Relations of History and Geography

Studies in England, France and the United States

H.C. Darby

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ISBN: 9780859896993

Publication: January 2, 2002

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The two leading thinkers in historical geography in the English-speaking world in the mid-twentieth century were Carl Sauer and H.C. Darby. Critical evaluations of the work of Carl Sauer have been published but so far none have examined the contribution of H.C. Darby, although the influence of his ideas on his students and many other contemporary scholars in geography, history and archaeology can be seen in the development of landscape studies and advances in the understanding of processes of geographical change. This set of twelve previously unpublished essays on historical geography written by Darby in the 1960s explains the basis of his ideas. The material was intended by Darby as a book, but he failed to complete this in his lifetime. The essays are divided into three quartets of studies relating to England, France and the United States. They are accompanied by contributions from Hugh Clout, T.J. Coppock, Hugh Prince and Michael Williams which both contextualise the material and bring it up-to-date.

List of Illustrations Abbreviations Preface Prologue: The Origin of the Manuscript Terry Coppock 1. Clifford Darby and the Methodology of Historical Geography Terry Coppock in collaboration with Hugh Clout, Hugh Prince and Michael Williams Part 1: England 2. The Geography behind History 3. Past Geographies 4. The History behind Geography 5. The Historical Element in Geography 6. H.C. Darby and the Historical Geography of England Hugh Prince Part II: France 7. The Geography behind History 8. Past Geographies 9. The History behind Geography 10. The Historical Element in Geography 11. H.C. Darby and the Historical Geography of France Hugh Clout Part III: The United States 12. The Geography behind History 13. Past Geographies 14. The History behind Geography 15. The Historical Element in Geography 16. H.C. Darby and the Historical Geography of the United States Michael Williams Epilogue: Critique and Evaluation Michael Williams Appendix: The Published Writing of H. C. Darby Notes Index

Darby’s clarity of prose – something he worked tirelessly to achieve – is her plainly apparent. The chapters are beautifully written and engaging even now.
  History, Vol. 88, Issue 1

Given Darby’s very considerable influence, this book is to be warmly welcomed as a contribution to the history of historical geography.
  Landscape History, Vol. 24

... these essays are a piece of geography’s past and are thus, like Darby’s reconstructions of landscapes, valuable in themselves.
  The Local Historian, Vol. 32, No. 4,

“Darby was an intellectual collossus of the mid-twentieth century, a man of great influence on the nature and content of geography as practised.” (, , )
Roger Kain   University of Exeter
Montefiore Professor of Geography

Format: Hardback

Size: 250 x 234 mm

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780859896993

Publication: January 2, 2002

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