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A Geographical Century

Essays for the Centenary of the International Geographical Union

  • Offers new international perspectives on the last 100 years of geography, highlighting its global significance

  • Assesses the impact of the International Geographical Union on the past, present and future of geography

  • Emphasizes the role of international cooperation in the making of a modern geographical imagination

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Vladimir Kolosov, Jacobo García-Álvarez, Michael Heffernan, Bruno Schelhaas
    Pages 1-5
  3. Geography as International Science: Historical Perspectives on the IGU

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 7-7
    2. Internationalising Geography, 1871–1945

      • Michael Heffernan
      Pages 9-22
    3. Internationalization of Geography in the Bipolar World: Socialist Countries During the Cold War

      • Vladimir Kolosov, Marek Więckowski, Debin Du, Xionghe Qin
      Pages 35-47
  4. The Challenges of International Geography

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. To Be or Not to Be International: Geographic Knowledge, Globalization and the Question of Languages

      • Rindra Raharinjanahary, Nathalie Lemarchand, Louis Dupont
      Pages 121-133
    3. Geography and International Education

      • Rafael de Miguel González, Karl Donert
      Pages 135-154
    4. The ‘North-South’ Problem in Geography

      • Pascal Clerc, André Reyes Novaes
      Pages 155-165
    5. Gender and International Geography

      • Mireia Baylina, Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon, Janice Monk
      Pages 167-177
  5. International Geography in the 21st Century: A Dream Discipline

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 179-179
    2. Interactions of Geography with Other Natural and Social Sciences and the Humanities

      • Ruishan Chen, Annah Zhu, Yingjie Li, Pengfei Li, Chao Ye, Michael E. Meadows
      Pages 181-198
    3. Geography and Environmental Issues

      • Jorge Olcina Cantos
      Pages 211-223
    4. Geography and the Information Society

      • Michael F. Goodchild
      Pages 225-234

About this book

This volume of specially commissioned interpretative essays marks the centenary of the establishment of the International Geographical Union in 1922. Written by leading human and physical geographers from all parts of the world, A Geographical Century considers the history and present condition of geography as an international science.

Based on the latest research, A Geographical Century provides new and critical analyses of the different forms of geographical internationalism that emerged during the 20th century; the changing relations between geography and cognate disciplines in the natural and social sciences; the geopolitics of international geographical collaboration; and the prospects of geography as a 21st century international science.

Keywords

  • International Geographical Union
  • Centenary of the IGU
  • Historical and Future Geography
  • History of Geography
  • Paradigms in the Development of Geography
  • Internationalisation of Science
  • Future of Geography

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

    Vladimir Kolosov

  • Department of Humanities: History, Geography and Art, Carlos III University of Madrid, Getafe, Spain

    Jacobo García-Álvarez

  • School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

    Michael Heffernan

  • Archive for Geography, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany

    Bruno Schelhaas

About the editors

Vladimir Kolosov is Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Honorary Member of the French and Polish Geographical Societies and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Le Havre in France. He has lectured and conducted research at universities in France, the USA, Finland and Germany. His research interests lie in the fields of political geography and geopolitics, social geography and world cities. From 2006 to 2020, he served on the Executive Committee of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and was President from 2012 to 2016. He has participated in many international projects.

Jacobo García-Álvarez is Professor of Human Geography at the Carlos III University of Madrid, which he joined in 2003. His research work has focused on the history of geography, historical geography, and political geography, with special attention to político-administrative divisions, boundary-making processes, and territorial identities and ideologies in Spain. He has lectured in several universities and research centers in Europe, Latin America, and the USA. He chaired the IGU Commission on the History of Geography and the International Union of History of Science and Technology from 2008 to 2016. He has coordinated the History of Geography, Historical Geography, and Political Geography Research Group in the Institute of Historiography at the Carlos III University of Madrid since 2012. 

Michael Heffernan is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham. He has also taught at the universities of Cambridge, Loughborough, and UCLA and was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg. He is Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Royal Academy of Arts, and both the Royal Geographical and Royal Historical Societies. A former Vice-Chair of the IGU Commission on the History of Geography, he is interested in the histories of geographical and environmental thought from the eighteenth century to the present. 

Bruno Schelhaas received his Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig. He is Head of the Archive for Geography at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig and the IGU’s official archivist. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Commission History of Geography of the International Geographical Union. His interests include the history of geography and cartography, historical geography, and archival science. In 2020, he was corresponding Editor of Springer’s Historical Geography and Geosciences volume Decolonising and Internationalising Geography

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Geographical Century

  • Book Subtitle: Essays for the Centenary of the International Geographical Union

  • Editors: Vladimir Kolosov, Jacobo García-Álvarez, Michael Heffernan, Bruno Schelhaas

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05419-8

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-05418-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-05419-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 247

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geography, Human Geography, History of Science, Geography

Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-05419-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)