The RGS, exploration and Empire and the contested nature of surveying

Peter Collier, Robert Inkpen

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    Abstract

    In 1879, the RGS started courses in practical surveying based on the methods used by navigators. Subsequently, RGS courses, increasingly under the influence of former members of the Survey of India, changed in character. At the same time as the nature of appropriate surveying was being negotiated within the RGS, the debate over the academic nature of geography also took shape. The development of the ‘new’ geography reflected the conflicts within the RGS Council over the meaning of scientific geography.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-283
    Number of pages11
    JournalArea
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002

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