The two leading thinkers in historical geography in the English-speaking world in the mid-twentieth century were Carl Sauer and H.C. Darby. Critical evaluations of the work of Carl Sauer have been published but so far none have examined the contribution of H.C. Darby, although the influence of his ideas on his students and many other contemporary scholars in geography, history and archaeology can be seen in the development of landscape studies and advances in the understanding of processes of geographical change. This set of twelve previously unpublished essays on historical geography written by Darby in the 1960s explains the basis of his ideas. The material was intended by Darby as a book, but he failed to complete this in his lifetime. The essays are divided into three quartets of studies relating to England, France and the United States. They are accompanied by contributions from Hugh Clout, T.J. Coppock, Hugh Prince and Michael Williams which both contextualise the material and bring it up-to-date.
List of contributors H.C. Darby (By (author)) Hugh Clout (Contributions by) Terry Coppock (Contributions by) H.C. Darby (Contributions by) Hugh Prince (Contributions by) Michael Williams (Contributions by)
“Darby was an intellectual collossus of the mid-twentieth century, a man of great influence on the nature and content of geography as practised.”
Roger Kain, University of Exeter
... these essays are a piece of geography’s past and are thus, like Darby’s reconstructions of landscapes, valuable in themselves.
The Local Historian, Vol. 32, No. 4,
Given Darby’s very considerable influence, this book is to be warmly welcomed as a contribution to the history of historical geography.
Landscape History, Vol. 24
Darby’s clarity of prose – something he worked tirelessly to achieve – is her plainly apparent. The chapters are beautifully written and engaging even now.
History, Vol. 88, Issue 1