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Geography - (Very Short Introductions) by John A Matthews & David T Herbert (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 181

Genre: Science

Sub-Genre: Earth Sciences

Series Title: Very Short Introductions

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Book theme: Geography

Author: John A Matthews & David T Herbert

Language: English

Street Date: July 20, 2008
TCIN: 77779875
UPC: 9780199211289
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-3199

Description

This Very Short Introduction answers four basic questions: what is Geography, how do geographers work, why is Geography important, and where is the discipline of Geography heading? Geography has always been important, though it has had only a short history as an academic discipline and is much misunderstood. Modern Geography has come a long way from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands, in mapping the world and in describing the physical and human features of the Earth's surface. There are two parts to the discipline: Physical Geography, which covers natural environments and landscapes; and Human Geography, which investigates people and the cultural landscape. Physical and human geographers commonly do not agree with each other. But there are also common elements and Geography as a whole has an important role as a bridge between the sciences and the humanities. Using wide-ranging examples, the book paints a broad picture of the current state of Geography, its subject matter, concepts and methods, how it developed, and its strengths and weaknesses. The book's conclusion is no less than a manifesto for Geography's future.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
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