Bringing Geography to Book: Ellen Semple and the Reception by Innes M. Keighren

By Innes M. Keighren

Ellen Semple’s affects of Geographic atmosphere (1911) -- a treatise on what may later be referred to as environmental determinism -- coincided with the emergence of geography as an autonomous educational self-discipline in North the United States and Britain. hugely arguable and written by way of one in all America’s first girl specialist geographers, it was once thought of via a few a monument to Semple’s scholarship and erudition, whereas for others it was once conceptually improper. And but its effect at the improvement and course of the recent self-discipline of geography used to be profound. Innes Keighren explains why Influences... used to be encountered otherwise by way of diverse humans, at diverse occasions and in other places, and divulges why the e-book aroused the passions it did. the result's a pioneering paintings that offers a wholesale re-visioning of how within which geographical wisdom is disseminated.

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97 Semple’s period of study at Leipzig between 1891 and 1892 coincided with the ultimate expression of Ratzel’s anthropogeography. ’100 She was conscious that since there was ‘no previous Ritter and Peschel on this side of the water [the United States]’, she would be required first to outline the basic principles of a systematic human geography. ’101 Semple’s project was, then, one of translation, clarification, and adaptation – of bringing Ratzel’s work to the attention of a different interpretative community.

We talk a great deal about the influence of geographical environment, but I do not think that anyone has actually and fairly faced the position, stating what the terms of the problem are on both sides, first from the side of the environment – what exactly do we include in that term; and then from the side of the human subject, and what precisely as far as we can make out, are the interactions between them. 244 Although Keltie advised Semple to discuss this matter with her publisher, Henry Holt and Company, he suggested a number of suitable London firms, including Macmillan, Heinemann, and John Murray.

97 Semple’s period of study at Leipzig between 1891 and 1892 coincided with the ultimate expression of Ratzel’s anthropogeography. ’100 She was conscious that since there was ‘no previous Ritter and Peschel on this side of the water [the United States]’, she would be required first to outline the basic principles of a systematic human geography. ’101 Semple’s project was, then, one of translation, clarification, and adaptation – of bringing Ratzel’s work to the attention of a different interpretative community.

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