Felix Driver on the History of Geography

In the comments to this earlier post of mine, some thoughts from Felix Driver. Since comments, especially to older posts, are not always noticed, I’m reposting here. Felix was, as my original post said, supportive of my piece. What he says below is very fair, though I guess what I had in mind was more the history of geographical thought, more than just the history of geography – but my list was of course partial, as some of the other comments pointed out.

Stuart’s rhetorical question about the Journal of Historical Geography seems to suggest that papers on the history of geography are difficult to place (“if not that journal, where else could you send something on the history of geography?”). For readers of this blog who may not be familiar with the journal, I’d like to say that as editor of the JHG I am delighted to publish papers on the history of geography, broadly defined; that there are lots of other journals (in various languages) which regularly publish work on the history of geography; and that the history of geography is a much broader field than the few names mentioned above. Just for interest, a list of papers covering the history of geography published in JHG since Stuart’s excellent Kant paper appeared in the JHG in 2009 follows below (full details may be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03057488)

French geography, cartography and colonialism: introduction
Hélène Blais, Florence Deprest, Pierre Singaravelou

We have tailored Africa: French colonialism and the ‘artificiality’ of Africa’s borders in the interwar period
Camille Lefebvre

The institutionalisation of ‘colonial geography’ in France, 1880–1940
Pierre Singaravelou

Using the concept of genre de vie: French geographers and colonial Algeria, c.1880–1949
Florence Deprest

The correspondence between Élisée Reclus and Pëtr Kropotkin as a source for the history of geography
Federico Ferretti

Modern observations: new ornithology and the science of ourselves, 1920–1940
M. Toogood

Piracy and the production of knowledge in the travels of William Dampier, c.1679–1688
William Hasty

Wandering scholars? Academic mobility and the British World, 1850–1940
Tamson Pietsch

Putting maps in place
Stephen Daniels

Counterfactual reasoning and method in historical geography
Mark Day

The Allison Commission and the national map: towards a Republic of Knowledge in late nineteenth-century America
Scott Kirsch

Narratives and counter-narratives of climate change: North Atlantic glaciology and meteorology, c.1930–1955
Sverker Sörlin

Voices from the sea ice: the reception of climate impact narratives
Michael T. Bravo

Conventions of climate change: constructions of danger and the dispossession of the atmosphere
Diana M. Liverman

The whistleblower and the canary: rhetorical constructions of climate change Original Research Article
Richard Hamblyn

‘Taken captive by the mystery of the Great River’: towards an historical geography of British geography and Atlantic slavery
David Lambert

Mapping the desert: Arthur Rimbaud, Charles de Foucauld, and the Société de Géographie, 1884–85
Rosemary A. Peters

Denis Cosgrove: historical geography unbound
Felix Driver

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