Concepts: Histories of geography

On the one hand – ‘Big G’ Geography
Geography as elite and expert knowledge Occurs in libraries, monasteries, palaces – and then later in universities, scientific stations, official institutions A story of famous names and dates Inevitably – a story of ‘Geography’ from a Western perspe
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On the other hand – ‘small g’ geography
Geography as knowledges learnt and practised in everyday life, society, economy Occurs through trade, migrations, pilgrimages etc. Occurs as vernacular knowledge of localities and landscapes A largely-unrecorded story, not found in textbooks
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Difficult to avoid elements of a ‘Big G’ Geography story. BUT
necessary to remain critically aware, and, to an extent, sceptical about easy stories of progress, improvement etc. As with all subjects, the history of geography is often about the relation between knowledge and power.
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Eratosthenes (3rd Century BCE)
Geos (earth); Graphein (description) Ekumene
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Strabo (64/63 BC – ca. AD 24)
the geographer is “the person who attempts to describe parts of the earth” ‘Regional’ geography – for purposes of policy and trade
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Ptolomy (AD 90 – c. AD 168)
Locations (longitudes and latitudes) Merchants
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On the other hand – ‘small g’ geography

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Geography as knowledges learnt and practised in everyday life, society, economy Occurs through trade, migrations, pilgrimages etc. Occurs as vernacular knowledge of localities and landscapes A largely-unrecorded story, not found in textbooks

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Difficult to avoid elements of a ‘Big G’ Geography story. BUT

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Eratosthenes (3rd Century BCE)

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Strabo (64/63 BC – ca. AD 24)

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