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Modern Geography has come a long way from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands, and simply mapping and naming the regions of the world. Spanning both physical and human Geography, the discipline today is unique as a subject which can bridge the divide between the sciences and the humanities, and between the environment and our society. Using wide-ranging examples from global warming and oil, to urbanization and ethnicity, this Very Short Introduction paints a broad picture of the current state of Geography, its subject matter, concepts and methods, and its strengths and controversies. The book's conclusion is no less than a manifesto for Geography's future.
Preface; 1. Geography: the World is our stage; 2. The physical dimension: our natural environments; 3. The human dimension: people in their places; 4. Geography as a whole: the common ground; 5. How geographers work; 6. Geography's present and future; References; Further reading; Index
Matthews and Herbert's book is written- as befits the VSI series- in an accessible prose style and is peppered with attractive and understandable images, graphs and tables. geographical. The authors make an honest effort to represent the wide and diverse range of proffesional geographers' interests. Geographical,