Enlightenment Geography

The Political Languages of British Geography, 1650–1850

  • Robert J. Mayhew

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 258-324

About this book


Enlightenment Geography is the first detailed study of the politics of British geography books and of related forms of geographical knowledge in the period from 1650 to 1850. The definition and role of geography in a humanist structure of knowledge are examined and shown to tie it to political discourse. Geographical works are shown to have developed Whig and Tory defences of the English church and state, consonant with the conservatism of the English Enlightenment. These politicizations were questioned by those indebted to the Scottish Enlightenment. Enlightenment Geography questions broad assumptions about British intellectual history through a revisionist history of geography.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Mayhew
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Earth SciencesUniversity of WalesAberystwythUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41906-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59549-1
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