Historical Geography

Historical Geography

ISSN 1091-6458

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Historical Geography is an annual journal that publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, conference reports, and commentaries. The journal encourages an interdisciplinary and international dialogue among scholars, professionals, and students interested in geographic perspectives on the past. Concerned with maintaining historical geography’s ongoing intellectual contribution to social scientific and humanities-based disciplines, Historical Geography is especially committed to presenting the work of emerging scholars.

Historical Geography is the official journal of the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Members of the group receive subscriptions as a benefit of membership.


Table Of Contents

Volume 46 (2018)


From the Editors

Distinguished Historical Geographer Lecture, 2018
The Values of Practicing Historical Geography
Craig Colten

Historical Critical Physical Geographies
Interdisciplinary Research on Past Environments through the Lens of Historical-Critical Physical Geographies 
Kirsten Greer, Katie Hemsworth, Adam Csank, and Kirby Calvert

Historical Geographies of Interdisciplinarity: McGill University’s Caribbean Project 
Kirsten Greer, Katie Hemsworth, Matthew Farish, and Andrew Smith

Mary Prince, Enslavement, Cavendish, and Historic Timber 
Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen and Adam Csank

From the Late Medieval to Early Modern in the Rieti Basin (AD 1325–1601): Paleoecological and Historical Approaches to a Landscape in Transition 
Edward Schoolman, Scott Mensing, and Gianluca Piovesan

The Hyperlocal Geography of Climate Change Impacts: Long-Term Perspectives on Storm Survivability from the Shetland Islands 
Matthew Bampton, A. R. Kelley, and J. T. Kelley

Commentary: Old and New 
K. Maria D. Lane

Commentary: Historical and Critical Physical Geography 
Rebecca Lave

Research Articles
Georgia’s Barnsley Gardens: Preserving a Landscape of the Lost Cause 
Charles H. Wade

Astronomical Fieldwork and the Spaces of Relativity: The Historical Geographies of the 1919 British Eclipse Expeditions to Príncipe and Brazil 
Rory Mawhinney

Interview Forum
The Ties of Historical Geography and Critical Indigenous Studies 
Michael D. Wise

Conference Report
17th International Conference of Historical Geographers, July 15–20, 2018, Warsaw, Poland
Hannah Awcock

Book Reviews
Atlas of Nebraska, by J. Clark Archer, Richard Edwards, Leslie M. Howard, Fred M. Shelley, Donald A. Wilhite, and David J. Wishart 
Russell S. Kirby

Post Cards from the Sonora Border: Visualizing Place through a Popular Lens, 1900–1950s, by Daniel D. Arreola 
John A. Jakle

A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux, 50th Anniversary Edition, by Amos Bad Heart Bull, Helen H. Blish, and Mari Sandoz 
Christopher Steinke

Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688–1815, by Jeremy Black 
Judith Otto

The American Environment Revisited: Environmental Historical Geographies of the United States, by Geoffrey L. Buckley and Yolonda Youngs, eds. 
Michael D. Wise

Surveying the Early Republic: The Journal of Andrew Ellicott, U.S. Boundary Commissioner in the Old Southwest, 1796–1800, by Robert D. Bush, ed. 
Andrew Milson

The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World, by John Davies and Alexander J. Kent 
John Kostelnick

Curated Decay: Heritage beyond Saving, by Caitlin DeSilvey 
Patrick Oberle

Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History, by Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, and Rebecca S. Wingo 
Samuel Otterstrom

Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience, by Cindy Ermus, ed. 
Chelsea Teale

Hitler’s Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich, by Paolo Giaccaria and Claudio Minca, eds. 
Steven L. Driever

Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisiana: Trade in the French Atlantic World, by Erin M. Greenwald 
Patrick D. Hagge

A Louisiana Coastal Atlas: Resources, Economies, and Demographics, by Scott A. Hemmerling 
Taylor E. Mack

Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia, by Claudia Leal 
Kari Forbes-Boyte

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, by Andrew Lichtenstein and Alex Lichtenstein 
Chris W. Post

Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830, by Briony McDonagh 
Ruth Larsen

Remapping Modern Germany after National Socialism, 1945–1961, by Matthew D. Mingus 
Marcus Owens

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Day by Day, by Gary E. Moulton 
Robert M. Briwa

The Making of America’s Culture Regions, by Richard L. Nostrand 
Matthew Fockler

The Great Baseball Revolt: The Rise and Fall of the 1890 Players League, by Robert B. Ross 
Michael Hawkins

The Sociable City: An American Intellectual Tradition, by Jamin Creed Rowan 
Peter Ekman

Teaching Difficult History through Film, by Jeremy Stoddard, Alan S. Marcus, and David Hicks, eds. 
David D. Vail

From Rice Fields to Killing Fields: Nature, Life, and Labor under the Khmer Rouge, by James A. Tyner 
Stephen Cottrell

England’s Maritime Heritage from the Air, by Peter Waller 
Henry Way

Heading Out: A History of American Camping, by Terence Young 
Annie Gilbert Coleman

Submissions & Book Reviews

Focus and Scope
Historical Geography is an annual journal that publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, conference reports, and commentaries in historical geography and cognate fields. The journal encourages an interdisciplinary and international dialogue among scholars, professionals, and students interested in geographic perspectives on the past. Concerned with maintaining historical geography's ongoing intellectual contribution to scientific, social scientific and humanities-based disciplines, Historical Geography is especially committed to presenting the work of both established and emerging scholars.

All articles are Open Access following an initial 12 month period in which they are exclusively available to institutional and individual subscribers, as well as members of the American Association of Geographer’s Historical Geography Specialty Group. Other published materials, including the published versions of the Distinguished Historical Geographer lecture, roundtables, and other special reports, are available Open Access immediately on publication.

Originating as a non-peer reviewed newsletter, Historical Geography was established as a peer-reviewed, annual scholarly journal in 1993. The journal is sponsored by the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers and published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Peer Review Process
Historical Geography welcomes the submission of original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the journal. Manuscripts are reviewed through a double-blind review process, typically by a minimum of two reviewers with expertise in the primary subject area of the manuscript or a closely related field. Reviewers are asked to consider whether the manuscript is suitable for publication based on its: (a) originality and significance, (b) use of appropriate methods and evidence, (c) structure and presentation, (d) conceptual and theoretical soundness, and (e) conclusions. Reviewers also evaluate manuscripts in terms of the author's ability to communicate clearly in text, maps, and images. Final approval of manuscripts for publication rests with the editors.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the Historical Geography online portal, available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/HG/. Direct email submissions are not accepted.

Author Guidelines
Manuscripts should be no greater than 10,000 words in length (inclusive of notes, maps, charts, tables, and images), double spaced, free of excessive jargon, and prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words. Authors interested in submitting commentaries, conference reports, or book reviews should contact the editors in advance to discuss their ideas.

Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word (.docx) files, free of identifying names or references to the author(s). To ensure blind reviews, we recommend using the “Inspect Document” function to ensure authors names do not appear in the document properties.

Please make sure major elements (title, author names, epigraphs, headings, block quotes, endnotes, etc.) stand out visually from one another. For example, a block quote shouldn’t be formatted with the same margins as the running text, or it will run the risk of being styled incorrectly. In addition, if you use multiple levels of section heads, they should be visually distinct form one another and consistent throughout the manuscript.

Avoid using tabs to indicate indents; instead use Word's ruler to properly indent your content.

Tables should be placed in the Word files in the approximate location the author would like them to appear. Please note that all tables should be composed in Word, using Word’s native table tools, and not set as images. When formatting tables, titles should appear at the top.

All bibliographic information should be included in sequentially numbered full endnotes. The first endnote citation for a source should carry the complete information, with short citations thereafter.  Where relevant, digital object identifiers (doi), hyperlinks, and links to online media may also be included. Please use the following forms:
William Wyckoff, How to Read the American West: A Field Guide (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014), 79.
Wyckoff, How to Read the American West, 33.
Article in an edited volume:
Nancy Langston, “Iron Mines, Toxicity, and Indigenous Communities in the Lake Superior Basin,” in Mining North America: An Environmental History Since 1522, eds. J.R. McNeill and George Vrtis (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017), 315.
Langston, “Iron Mines, Toxicity, and Indigenous Communities in the Lake Superior Basin,” 320.
Article in a journal:
Sarah Louise Evans, “Mapping terra incognita: women’s participation in Royal Geographical Society-supported expeditions 1913-1939,” Historical Geography 44 (2016): 35.
Olga Petri, “At the bathhouse: municipal reform and the bathing commons in late imperial St. Petersburg,” Journal of Historical Geography 51 (2016): 40-51. doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2015.11.004
Evans, “Mapping terra incognita,” 33.
Jill Lepore, “The Man Who Broke the Music Business,” New Yorker, April 27, 2015, 59.
Lepore, “The Man Who Broke the Music Business,” 60.
Toxic Legacies (website), Communicating with Future Generations, accessed April 15, 2018, www.toxiclegacies.com.
Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin, directed by Matthew Gandy, 2017, www.naturaurbana.org.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky (Mercury Films, 2018)

Authors are welcome to include hyperlinks and media files to be embedded within the manuscript.
Images and maps
Art should not be placed directly in Word files but submitted separately in a .tif or .jpg format, sequentially numbered (Fig. 1, 2, etc.). Art files should be no less than 300 dpi with the smallest dimension measuring at least four inches (1,200 pixels). All lettering within figures should be no smaller than 6 pt and should be in a standard font.
Include captions in the Word file approximately where art is to be placed, or if a piece of art has no captions use a generic call-out instead (e.g., {Fig. 1 Here}). Note that art will not be placed exactly where it is called out in the Word file. When the journal is set the typesetter will place artwork according to design conventions as near the original placement as possible.
If using copyrighted artwork, the author must secure written permission for its reproduction in Historical Geography, to be submitted to the Press in the event of publication.

Historical Geography is committed to equity and ethics in scholarship. Where research collaboration and co-authorship are a consideration, we urge authors to consider appropriate standards for authorship inclusion and author order, such as those discussed in the Committee on Publication Ethics Discussion Document. Authors should also identify relevant funding sources and declare any conflicts of interest.

Editorial Board

Arn Keeling, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Briony A. McDonagh, University of Hull
Michael Wise, University of North Texas
Book Review Editor
John T. Bauer, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Editorial Board
Matthew Farish, University of Toronto
Anne Knowles, University of Maine
Karen M. Morin, Bucknell University
Garth A. Myers, Trinity College
Sam Otterstrom, Brigham Young University
Richard Powell, University of Cambridge
Richard Schein, University of Kentucky
Andrew Sluyter, Louisiana State University
Angela Subulwa, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Robert Wilson, Syracuse University
Yolonda Youngs, Idaho State University


Historical Geography Archive Available on UNP Website
Volumes 28 through 44 (2000 through 2016) are now available in this archive. These issues are open access. More recent issues are available on Project MUSE. While the most current issue is available only through library or individual subscription on Project MUSE, older issues are open access there, too.

Article Sales
Single articles from the current issue of Historical Geography are now available for purchase through Project MUSE.

Changes for HG
Historical Geography is celebrating a number of new developments:
  • Maria Lane has stepped down as editor after seven years. The new editorial team consists of ongoing co-editor Arn Keeling and new additions Briony McDonagh and Michael Wise.
  • The journal is partnering with the University of Nebraska Press.
  • Project MUSE, a leading electronic platform for scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, is the journal's new online home. 

Sponsoring Society

The mission of the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers is to promote the common interests of persons in the field, provide a forum for the discussion of matters that pertain to the membership, and establish procedures for activities within the AAG. The group's chair is Kirsten Greer, Nipissing University.

Members receive subscriptions to the electronic version of Historical Geography as a benefit of membership.


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