Historical Geography

Historical Geography

Edited by John T. Bauer, Christina Dando, and Michael Wise

ISSN 1091-6458

eISSN 2331-7523


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 48 (2020)


Editors’ Note

Finding Hope: Environmentalism and the Anthropocene 
Graeme Wynn

Research Articles
Campus “Tours of Duty”: Unsettling Everyday Militarisms through Walking 
Gabi Kirk and Robert Moeller

Public Pedagogy and the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Progressive-Era Philadelphia 
Kolson Schlosser

The Driving Forces Inducing Land Cover Changes in Israel’s Northern Sharon Plain from the End of the Nineteenth Century to the Present Time 
Gad Schaffer

Book Reviews
Mapping Populism: Taking Politics to the People by John Agnew and Michael Shin 
Rebecca A. Buller

Postcards from the Chihuahua Border: Revisiting a Pictorial Past, 1900s–1950s by Daniel D. Arreola 
Lauren Judge

Peter Fidler: From York Factory to the Rocky Mountains by Barbara Belyea, ed. 
Robert M. Briwa

Big Water: The Making of the Borderlands between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay by Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas, eds. 
Kari Forbes-Boyte

Interwoven: Andean Lives in Colonial Ecuador’s Textile Industry by Rachel Corr 
Roger P. Davis

Metropolitan Denver: Growth and Change in the Mile High City by Andrew R. Goetz and E. Eric Boschmann 
Laura Pangallozzi

Building Nazi Germany: Place, Space, Architecture, and Ideology by Joshua Hagen and Robert C. Ostergren 
Timothy Turnquist

Trail of Footprints: A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico by Alex Hidalgo 
G. Rebecca Dobbs

Crossing Empires: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain by Kristin L. Hoganson and Jay Sexton, eds. 
Kyle T. Evered

Phantom Islands: In Search of Mythical Lands by Dirk Liesemer 
James Benes

Ciudad Juárez: Saga of a Legendary Border City by Oscar J. Martínez 
William F. Manger

Arkansas Travelers: Geographies of Exploration and Perception, 1804–1834 by Andrew J. Milson 
Steven L. Driever

Border Spaces: Visualizing the U.S.-Mexico Frontera by Katherine G. Morrisey and John-Michael Warner, eds. 
Henry Way

Urban Dreams, Rural Commonwealth: The Rise of Plantation Society in the Chesapeake by Paul Musselwhite 
Patrick D. Hagge

The Limits of Liberty: Mobility and the Making of the Eastern U.S.-Mexico Border by James David Nichols 
John Dzwonczyk

Cartographic Humanism: The Making of Early Modern Europe by Katharina N. Piechocki 
Joshua Hagen

Do You See Ice? Inuit and Americans at Home and Away by Karen Routledge 
Ashley Allen

Red Black White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930–1950 by Mary Stanton 
Jordan P. Brasher

The Europe Illusion: Britain, France, Germany and the Long History of European Integration by Stuart Sweeney 
Benjamin J. Thorpe

Imaginative Mapping: Landscape and Japanese Identity in the Tokugawa and Meiji Eras by Nobuko Toyosawa 
Rex J. Rowley

Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace: Rephotographing the Arizona Landscape by William Wyckoff 
Chris W. Post

Geography’s Quantitative Revolutions: Edward A. Ackerman and the Cold War Origins of Big Data by Elvin Wyly 
Russell S. Kirby

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

John T. Bauer, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Michael Wise, University of North Texas
Book Review Editor
Christine Dando, University of Nebraska Omaha
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 Oxford
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:
  • 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.


Reading List: Climate Change

Check out this list of peer-reviewed articles focusing on Critical Theory, Environmental Ethics, Economics & Business, and other areas of study on Climate Change.

Reading List: Latin American Studies

Articles on a variety of topics related to the field of Latin American Studies.

Useful Links

Historical Geography Archive

Historical Geography Volumes 28 through 44 (2000 - 2016) are available as open access issues in this archive. (More recent issues are available on Project MUSE.)

Advertise in Historical Geography Today

Click the link above to view this journal's advertising rates & options!

Recommend This Journal

Recommend this Journal to Your Library

Libraries face a dilemma: the number of books, journals, and other information resources available to offer to their patrons is growing faster than their acquisitions budgets. Decisions about which new materials to add in a given year are influenced by a number of factors, not the least of which are whether they are aware of the existence of a resource and the value that resource would bring to those who rely on the library. Librarians often appreciate the input of users in gathering the information they need to make those evaluations. There is no one right way to share information about a particular journal with a library. Some institutions have formal procedures for submitting acquisition requests, others rely on regular communication between subject area librarians and the departments they serve, and some have no specifically defined method. You are in the best position to determine the most appropriate method for approaching your library with a request for the addition of a journal to its collection. However, we have developed a library recommendation form as one tool you can use to provide your library with relevant information. The form contains basic information about the journal: a description, its print and electronic ISSNs, frequency of publication, pricing, print and electronic options, and ordering information. It also includes a few questions for you to complete that address your evaluation of the journal's value. If you choose to use the form, fill it out then send it to the appropriate individual at your library. Do not return it to the University of Nebraska Press.

Single Issues

View All Issues