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By Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Mary E. Thomas, Paul Cloke, Ruth Panelli

ISBN-10: 1444395203

ISBN-13: 9781444395204

This quantity lines the complexity of social geography in either its ancient and current contexts, when difficult readers to mirror severely at the tensions that run via social geographic thought.

• prepared to supply a brand new set of conceptual lenses wherein social geographies may be discussed;

• provides an unique intervention into the debates approximately social geography;

• Highlights the significance of social geography in the broader box of geography.

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In the colonies these extra people prospered and formed markets for European goods. Great Britain made the quantum jump no later than 1850 or so. Others followed their example, the United States, Germany, and Japan most successfully. The United States had a built-in hinterland for exploitation. Germany and Japan, lagging behind Britain imperialistically, tried to seize hinterlands that were already occupied by people of broad immunological and military experience, with unpleasant consequences for all.

Other societies had poised at the starting line of industrialization but had been held back by ecological factors. As conditions had promoted accumulation of capital, they had also stimulated population growth, leaving societies with no greater surpluses proportionally for investment than before. As industries had grown, they had leveled forests for construction materials and fuel, and all the while farmers, hard pressed to produce more, were destroying the fertility of their soils. No society seemed to have enough ecological assets at home to manage the quantum jump.

Crosby is Professor Emeritus in American Studies, History, and Geography at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for more than 20 years. His previous books include America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 (2nd edition, Cambridge, 2003), Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology through History (Cambridge, 2002), and The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250–1600 (Cambridge, 1997). The Measure of Reality was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 most important books of 1997.

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