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“The Geography of Internal Affairs”: Pioneer Settlement as National Economic Development

Neil Smith

in American Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230279
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230279.003.0008
“The Geography of Internal Affairs”: Pioneer Settlement as National Economic Development

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This chapter studies pioneer settlement and research on frontiers. It shows that Bowman's interest in “pioneering” belts and frontier settlement was personal; it was previously noted that he spent some time on the family farm. The next section looks at the human geographies of the frontier and the significance of the frontier-pioneer studies project, which had to do with the course of geography as a discipline. This is followed by a discussion of geography and the social sciences. The chapter ends with sections on modern pioneering and Bowman's romance with the frontier.

Keywords: pioneer settlement; frontier research; pioneering belts; human geographies; frontier-pioneer studies project; modern pioneering

Chapter.  9984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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