By William M. Denevan, Kent Mathewson

Perhaps probably the most specified and studied geographers of the 20 th century, Carl O. Sauer (1889--1975) had impact that extends way past the confines of anyone self-discipline. With a spotlight on historic and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered compliment from poets, common historians, and social scientists alike who proceed to discover Sauer's paintings. In Carl Sauer on tradition and panorama, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's unique works, together with infrequent early writings, articles in now principally inaccessible guides, and transcriptions of key oral shows that stay little known.

A pupil of the relationships among land and existence, humans and areas, Sauer helped determine panorama experiences in cultural geography and cleared the path for paradigmatic shifts within the scholarly overview of local American background. through strongly advocating a land ethic, "a accountable stewardship of the maintaining earth," for his personal and for destiny generations, Carl Sauer provided an esthetic motive and a old point of view to the environmental movement.

The quantity opens with prolonged essays on Sauer's critics and his works. Essays through popular geographers and different professionals on Sauer introduce every one part of the publication, including a latest aspect to the presentation and interpretation of Sauer's lifestyles and scholarship in parts comparable to soil conservation, guy in nature, and cultivated vegetation. an entire bibliography of his guides and an in depth compilation of commentaries on his existence and paintings make this an imperative reference.

Carl Sauer on tradition and panorama sheds new mild on Sauer's contributions to the historical past of geographic notion, sustainable land use, and the significance of organic and cultural range -- all of which stay key matters today.

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Univ. of Wisconsin Press, Madison. 1. 2004. Review of Geography Inside Out, by Richard Symanski. Historical Geography 32:181–185. Gould, Peter. 1979. ” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 69:139–151. Gregory, Derek. 1989. ” In Horizons in Human Geography, ed. D. Gregory and R. Walford, 67–96. Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Md. Harris, David R. 2002. ” Geographical Review 92:526–544. Hartshorne, Richard. 1939. The Nature of Geography: A Critical Survey of Current Thought in the Light of the Past.

In Mitchells’s estimation, Sauer’s main failing was in not adequately theorizing the place of labor in culture and landscape, leaving an ill-defined “culture” to do this work. ” He singles out Kenneth Olwig’s excavations of the landscape concept for favorable comment, especially the connections Olwig (2002) makes between the construction of modern Atlantic imperial polities and the construction, or the production, of both cultural and political landscapes. Following on this, Mitchell argues for putting empire and imperial polities center stage in landscape studies.

Review of Geography Inside Out, by Richard Symanski. Historical Geography 32:181–185. Gould, Peter. 1979. ” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 69:139–151. Gregory, Derek. 1989. ” In Horizons in Human Geography, ed. D. Gregory and R. Walford, 67–96. Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Md. Harris, David R. 2002. ” Geographical Review 92:526–544. Hartshorne, Richard. 1939. The Nature of Geography: A Critical Survey of Current Thought in the Light of the Past. Association of American Geographers, Lancaster, Pa.

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