The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950 by Susan Schulten

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In this rich and fascinating history, Susan Schulten tells a story of Americans beginning to see the world around them, tracing U.S. attitudes toward world geography from the end of nineteenth-century exploration to the explosion of geographic interest before the dawn of the Cold War. Focusing her examination on four influential institutions—maps and atlases, the National Geographic Society, the American university, and public schools—Schulten provides an engaging study of geography, cartography, and their place in popular culture, politics, and education.

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Susan Schulten is an assistant professor of history at the University of Denver.
Published April 1, 2001 by University Of Chicago Press. 330 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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University of Denver historian Schulten offers a well-documented account of how politics, history and culture influenced the study and presentation of geography from 1880, when maps first became widely available, to 1950, the beginning of the Cold War.

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Robert Mayhew's Enlightenment Geography: The Political Languages of British Geography, 1650-1850 (New York, 2000), makes the roles played by geography in British imperial expansion and the emergence of the various forms of the British state abundantly clear.

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