Module Identifier GG36610  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Robert Mayhew  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours 12 x 2 hours  
Assessment Exam   3 Hours A three-hour unseen examination - Two sections.   100%  
  Supplementary examination   3 Hours An unseen three hour examination in the same format.   100%  

Brief description
The period from c. 1500 to c. 1900 delimits a coherent era in the history of geographical thought, spanning the voyages of Columbus and Da Gama to the formation of the modern university discipline of geography in the later nineteenth century. From Columbus's 'discovery' of the Americas to Livingstone's travels in Africa, there was an ambition to gain ever more detailed information about the surface of the globe. There was also a widespread demand for books which would summarise this information for an audience whose aims were [political, imperial and commercial. The period also saw seminal texts published which helped to forge modern geography, such as Montesquieu's Spirit of the laws, a key theorization of the relationship between society and Darwin's Origin of Species. This course provides a critical overview of the development of geography over four centuries, coupled to a series of detailed analyses of key texts in the history of geographical thought. It also introduces students to historiographical questions about the role of the history of geography in geography's nature in the present day. Areas covered:

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Columbus, Christopher. (1969) The Four Voyages. London
Montesquieu. (1969) The Spirit of the Laws. Cambridge
Cook, James. (1999) Journals. London
von Humboldt, Alexander. (1996) Cosmos. Baltimore
Engles, Friedrich. (1986) Condition of the Working Class in Manchester. London
Malthus, Thomas. (1986) Essays on the Principle of Population. London
Lyell, Charles. (1997) Principles of Geology. London
Darwin, Charles. (1882) Origin of Species. London
** Consult For Futher Information
de Montaigne, Michel. "On Cannibals",. Several. in Essays
** Recommended Background
Livingstone, David. (1992) The Geographical Tradition. Oxford
Bowen, Margarita. (1981) Empiricism and Geographical Thought: From Francis Bacon to Alexander von Humboldt. Cambridge
Boorstein, Daniel. (1984) The Discoverers. London
Parry, J.H.. (1963) The Age of Reconnaissance: Discovery, Exploration and Settlement, 1450-1650. Berkeley