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Place description, regional geography and area studies: the chorographic inheritance

Hugh Clout

in A Century of British Geography

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262863
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262863.003.0008

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Place description, regional geography and area studies: the chorographic inheritance

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The uncertain relationship between studying regions (or places) and focusing on themes (or systematic processes) has characterised geography since the ancient Greeks, with ‘chorography’ being the term employed to define the art of ‘describing the parts of the Earth’. Geography had been taught in British universities since at least the sixteenth century, when students at the University of Oxford were instructed about maps, globes and discoveries. This chapter examines the manifestation of regional studies in British geography during the twentieth century, paying attention to the institutional structures and some of the individuals involved, as well as the publications that appeared. In particular, the chapter discusses place description, regional geography and area studies.

Keywords: British geography; place description; regional geography; area studies; universities; chorography; University of Oxford

Chapter.  12568 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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