British Geography 1918-1945 by Robert W. Steel

By Robert W. Steel

This e-book lines the rules of contemporary British geography and relies upon the first-hand memories of a few of these lively within the self-discipline among the wars and after. The members convey how geography developed from fragile institutional foundations in British universities, and the way from the outset the topic generated either controversy and substantial range of opinion. the quantity discusses not just the expansion of geography as a selected educational self-discipline, but in addition the connection among geography and nationwide making plans that performed such a massive position in post-war reconstruction.

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Like Fleure he was fascinated by the evidence in the Irish landscape of the remains of the Megalithic culture of five millenia ago; and so he devoted a great deal of his interests, and encouraged his students to do likewise, to surveying and excavating these Megalithic tombs under expert supervision. Regional geography and physical geography were certainly not forgotten in Belfast. Evans took with him the teaching of regional geography as developed at Aberystwyth with the regional geography of the major continental areas forming the most obvious line of approach.

This was original work of the first importance that was finally published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 1916. During the same phase Fleure's efforts as a teacher of geography were strongly brought to the fore by a new development: in 1906 Dr R. D. Roberts, a distinguished pioneer of adult education in Britain, who was concurrently External Registrar of the University of London, persuaded the Royal Geographical Society to make a small grant to enable the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth to establish a lectureship in geography.

Mackinder's book in fact received from some people such extravagant praise that an emotional element appeared to be involved. Though some excellent texts came from America, many of their geographers appeared to be obsessed with methodology and the old battles between possibilists and determinists still appeared to be raging. If, then, many of the books published during the inter-war years proved to be disappointing, there was always the hope that wisdom could be found in papers published in journals.

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