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Theory and Methodology in Historical Geography

In addition to thl:lse largely internal developments in theory and methodology in historical geography, the broader role of historical geography within geography as a whole, and human geography in particular, deserves attention as a salient feature of change or progress. Of particular interest is the way in which historical geography seems to have moved from a central position ill geography, to a peripheral position during the quantitative revolution, and back to a more central position in the humanistic phase. One might indeed go further and say that much of the advance of human geography away from positivism was spearheaded by some critically important

Before moving to a detailed study of the evidence for 'progress' in theory and methodology in historical geography, some further preliminary consideration - of the meaning of progress - is necessary.