chapter
3 Pages

"easy" geography, it was reduced, in the end,

As for the "easy" geography, it was reduced, in the end, to catalogues. It was a branch of knowledge, useful practically, but wanting in all substance and interest. There was nothing in the work of its professors-nor moreover in the memoirs of the successors of d' Anville-which could give the historians any precise idea of the aim, the method, or the exact bearing of a geographical science which was not mixed up with a description.