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Modern Views on Geography

Nature volume 158, pages 741742 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



IN an address at the University of Liverpool Theory and Practice of Geography Press of Liverpool; London: Hodd, Ltd. 1s. net), Prof. H. C. Darby Vfctressedyjie changes in ways of thought of eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries had made place for the modern geographical outlook. He cited specially the widening of the scope of history, the rise of the social sciences and particularly the writings of F. Le Play, and the voyage of the Beagle with Darwin's stress on the importance of environment. Thus there was prepared the way for such geographical writers as A. von Humboldt and K. Bitter, In spite of the great progress made in geographical thought in recent decades, there is a noticeable lack, at least in English, of objective geographical studies of most parts of the world. British geography has progressed more on the study of topics than that of regions. Prof. Darby spoke of, the importance of more regional study, especially with a historical bias, since the character of a region is based not merely on physical and economic facts, but also on the legacies of sucqasfeive generations of its inhabitants.

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