This book charts the developments in the discipline of geography from the 1950s to the 1980s, examining how geography now connects with urban, regional and national planning, and impacts on areas such as medicine, transport, agricultural development and electoral reform. The book also discusses how technical and theoretical advancements have generated a renewed sense of philosophic reflection – a concern closely linked with the critical examination and development of social theory.

part |2 pages

Part I The geographic explosion

chapter 1|5 pages

What on earth is geography?

chapter 2|14 pages

The old roots of geographic curiosity

chapter 3|13 pages

The (r)evolution in geography

chapter 5|9 pages

What the computer did

part |2 pages

Part II A concern for theory

chapter 7|11 pages

There is nothing so applied as good theory

chapter 8|12 pages

Being close to things and people

chapter 9|15 pages

Towns as central places

chapter 11|10 pages

Distance and the geographer's headache

part |2 pages

Part III Two perspectives: the small and the big

chapter 12|16 pages

Human contacts in space and time

chapter 13|16 pages

Macro-geography: centres and peripheries

part |2 pages

Part IV Three double-edged swords

chapter 14|6 pages

Geography and the military

chapter 15|8 pages

Managing geographic research

chapter 16|12 pages

The Beltway Bandits

part |2 pages

Part V The geo-graphic revolution

chapter 17|19 pages

The explosion in cartography

chapter 18|15 pages

Not so remote sensing

part |2 pages

Part VI Teaching and helping

chapter 19|14 pages

Geography and medicine: an old partnership

chapter 20|14 pages

Mental maps and geographic prisons

chapter 21|12 pages

Children as geographers

chapter 22|8 pages

Playing games seriously

chapter 23|16 pages

The geographer and Third World development

part |2 pages

Part VII Thinking about what we think

part |2 pages

Part VIII Geography in the future