chapter  9
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Environmental Causation

In the long history of ideas about the relations between human beings and their natural environment, it has been assumed by most thinkers from the very beginning, from the time Hippocrates defined health largely in terms of harmony with external nature, that this external natural environment plays a significant role in determining the forms of our culture and their variations over space and time (Glacken, 1967, pp.80-115). The leader in the organisation of academic geography in the United States in the early twentieth century, William Morris Davis, also believed very clearly in the importance of environmental influences (Davis, 1906).