History and philosophy of geography II: The excluded, the evil, and the anarchic

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Prompted by recent scholarship on geographers’ role in advancing the divergent
political ends of anarchism and Nazism, this report considers how disciplinary histories make space for the admirable as well as the abominable episodes of our shared past. In addressing some of the ideological ends to which geography has been put, the paper reflects on the historiographical challenge of dealing appropriately with the discipline’s stain of Nazi collusion and explore the potential that geography’s anarchist traditions have to inspire activist and critical scholarship today. In thinking more generally about practices of exclusion and marginalisation in geography, the report argues for the value, and the necessity, of diversity and inclusivity in writing on the history of the discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770–778
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number5
Early online date13 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • anarchism
  • anarchist geography
  • feminist historiography
  • geopolitics
  • histories of geography
  • National Socialism
  • Nazism
  • radical geography

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