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By David N. Livingstone, Charles W. J. Withers

ISBN-10: 0226487334

ISBN-13: 9780226487335

A time period with myriad institutions, revolution is usually understood in its highbrow, ancient, and sociopolitical contexts. beforehand, nearly no awareness has been paid to revolution and questions of geography. Geography and Revolution examines the ways in which position and area topic in quite a few innovative situations.David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers gather a collection of essays which are themselves innovative in uncovering not just the geography of revolutions however the function of geography in revolutions. right here, clinical revolutions—Copernican, Newtonian, and Darwinian—ordinarily considered placeless, are printed to be rooted in particular websites and areas. Technical revolutions—the creation of print, time-keeping, and photography—emerge as innovations that remodeled the world's order with no homogenizing it. Political revolutions—in France, England, Germany, and the United States—are extraordinary for his or her debates at the nature of political associations and nationwide identity.Gathering perception from geographers, historians, and historians of technology, Geography and Revolution is a call for participation to take the the place as heavily because the who and the whilst in interpreting the character, form, and placement of revolutions. (20070401)

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8. See, for a good example of this by now well-established scholarly genre, Dominick LaCapra, Soundings in Critical Theory (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989). 9. Kant described the recognition of the transcendental categories’ necessity as his “Copernican Revolution” in the Critique of Pure Reason (1781). On the history of the theme in science, see I. Bernard Cohen, Revolution in Science (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985). 10. The term was used in the titles of a number of Hill’s books from 1949 onward, most famously in Christopher Hill, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (Oxford: Clarendon, 1965).

Consider the following as an example of the continuity underlying classic political revolutions: in the later eighteenth century, prior to the French Revolution, a massive mapping project succeeded in producing a map of the whole of France in such a way as to include, among other things, economically significant information. Nearly the entire map, all except Brittany, was published in 1783; when Brittany was eventually printed, the map ran to 182 large sheets (scale 1:86,400). This map of the territory and polity of France was a centralized project promoted and, on the rare occasions that the crown could afford it, partly financed by the French crown.

The strategy is 23 24 | Part One twofold: these chapters in various ways examine both the geography of scientific revolutions and the role of geography in scientific revolutions. Peter Dear inaugurates the discussion in chapter 2 by probing the idea of revolution itself, noting the significance of Thomas Kuhn’s celebrated account The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. His insistence on the need to ground so-called revolutions in the particularities of place leads him to an analysis of some of the different ways in which scientific enterprises bear the impress of the geographical.

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