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Geoffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336023.001.0001

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The Quest for Definition ca. 1870–1919

The Quest for Definition ca. 1870–1919

(p.447) 8 The Quest for Definition ca. 1870–1919
American Geography and Geographers

Geoffrey Martin

Oxford University Press

From the 1870s, public interest in polar exploration had developed, along with the rise of colonial empires, the writings of Jules Verne and later Hendrik Willem van Loon, and, at home, exploration west of the Mississippi. Geographical societies were being formed, international geographical congresses were held, and more scholars were specializing in the subject. Since geography was ill-defined, quest for definition continued. This would invoke names including Davis, Salisbury, and Davidson and those of their students. Comprehension of a geographic discipline began to emerge.

Keywords:   societies, congresses, definition, periodicals, literature

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