By Ron Johnston, Paul Claval
The self-discipline of geography has gone through a lot switch and progress lately. With development has come range. ahead of 1945 there have been changes among nations within the emphases on subject material and examine process, even though those have been all comparable heavily to 3 major ‘models’ – French, German and American. considering the fact that then, the relative significance of French and German impacts has declined considerably, together with inside of their very own nationwide territories, and the Anglo-American version has grown to global dominance. With that version, although, there is not any dominant standpoint yet relatively a multiplicity of competing techniques. those a variety of techniques have had a special reception in different elements of the realm, reflecting the bottom of pre-1945 geographical scholarship, the targets of geographical paintings set by way of soceities and the character of the overseas contacts. the result's monstrous overseas variety within the perform of geography. This authoritative quantity presents a lot wanted details to lead them to conscious of present foreign traits.
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Series of regional descriptions, such as the one directed by Louis Papy, are successful. Many colleagues, specially in provincial cities, are involved in economic and physical planning. Some of them are active on the local political scene. most of my French colleagues who were convinced that the discipline was very healthy. Today it is fashionable to lament the plight of geography and the confusion surrounding the direction in which it is heading. I think that that appraisal is still an incorrect one.
Under Gourou 's impetus (1947), tropical geography continued to develop actively and to take advantage of the close link between regional and physical research which very quickly fostered a strong interest in the recent development of ecology. It also drew upon the results of anthropological research in Africa and in Southern Asia and upon the results of sociology in South America : without this it would be impossible to understand the originality of the works of P. Monbeig (1952), G. Sautter (1966) and P.