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By William M. Denevan, Kent Mathewson

Perhaps some of the most exact and studied geographers of the 20 th century, Carl O. Sauer (1889--1975) had impact that extends way past the confines of anybody self-discipline. With a spotlight on ancient and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered compliment from poets, ordinary historians, and social scientists alike who proceed to discover Sauer's paintings. In Carl Sauer on tradition and panorama, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's unique works, together with infrequent early writings, articles in now mostly inaccessible guides, and transcriptions of key oral displays that stay little known.

A scholar of the relationships among land and lifestyles, humans and locations, Sauer helped determine panorama reports in cultural geography and lead the way for paradigmatic shifts within the scholarly overview of local American heritage. via strongly advocating a land ethic, "a accountable stewardship of the maintaining earth," for his personal and for destiny generations, Carl Sauer provided an esthetic motive and a historic point of view to the environmental movement.

The quantity opens with prolonged essays on Sauer's critics and his works. Essays by means of trendy geographers and different specialists on Sauer introduce each one part of the booklet, including a modern aspect to the presentation and interpretation of Sauer's existence and scholarship in components corresponding to soil conservation, guy in nature, and cultivated vegetation. a whole bibliography of his courses and an in depth compilation of commentaries on his existence and paintings make this an integral reference.

Carl Sauer on tradition and panorama sheds new gentle on Sauer's contributions to the heritage of geographic proposal, sustainable land use, and the significance of organic and cultural range -- all of which stay key concerns today.

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Univ. of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. Penck, Walther. 1924. Die Morphologische Analyse: Ein Kapitel der Physikalischen Geographie. J. Englehorns Nachforschung, Stuttgart. Penn, Misha, and Fred Lukermann. 2003. ’ ” In Culture, Land, and Legacy: Perspectives on Carl O. Sauer and Berkeley School Geography, ed. Kent Mathewson and Martin S. Kenzer, 233–259. Geoscience and Man, vol. 37. Geoscience Publications, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Pred, Allan.

In 1986, Michael Solot, then a geography graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, examined Sauer’s rejection of cultural evolutionism and his championing of culture history as an alternative course for cultural geography. The crux of Solot’s argument is that Sauer rejected cultural evolutionism, as Franz Boas had earlier, chiefly because of its associations with environmental determinism, and its “rationalistic” commitment to explaining culture change and transformation in unilinear and often providential terms.

Geographical Review 16:348–350. Duncan, James S. 1980. ” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 70:181–198. 1. 1981. “Comment in Reply” [to Miles Richardson and Richard Symanski on “The Superorganic”]. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 71:289–291. 1. 1993. ” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 83:517–519. 26 About Carl Sauer Gade, Daniel W. 1999. ” In Nature and Culture in the Andes, by D. W. Gade, 184–213. Univ. of Wisconsin Press, Madison. 1. 2004. Review of Geography Inside Out, by Richard Symanski.

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