Space, place, distance and environment are readily understood as crucial components of the modern world. Their interaction has been equally important in the past in conditioning the histories of the peoples of the world. Yet fifteen years ago Edward Fox wrote, to general agreement: History and geography were once assumed to be sister sciences so close in method and focus as to verge on representing two aspects of the single subjects. Today they share nothing, not even regrets for what has been looked upon as a particularly promising alliance . This volume represents a multi-disciplinary discussion of the problems posed by Edward Whiting Fox's History in Geographic Perspective and demonstrates some of the possible advances that can be made from the original text. Ranging across time and cultures the contributors, who are historians, geographers, anthropologists, political scientists and sociologists, examine how subjects from political institutions and social relations to commerce and transportation, wars and revolutions have all been determined by the human environment.
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