Lecture 2: History of an academic discipline

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Geographers are able to give a sense of what it is to think about abstract spaces. Key point* differences of spaces are actively created/construction; different structures, sociopolitical effects how structures become built. Yi fu tuan humanistic aspects of spaces. Geography does not emerge in a vacuum. We must pay attention to the socio-political and economic context. Prehistory significant advancement in the development of geography in places like china, india, persia. In europe with the adventures of colombus: looking for new markets, sea routes; colombus was motivated by these routes to find these new places. Advancements in shipbuilding & naval technology gave impetus to geography: technical skills (navigation, cartography, descriptive skills (flora and fauna) skills. Both geographers needed to have technical and descriptive: documents of different lands to describe certain plants on where they are. Age of enlightenment: moral and religious transformation in europe: describing the different social and physical world, exploration has become available to a broader amount of people.

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