Where do we go from here? Reflections on the idea of progress in the history of geography

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In this short commentary, I reflect on my experience of writing three progress reports on the history and philosophy of geography for Progress in Human Geography. In so doing, I consider the challenges of identifying commonalities and narrating progress in a sub-disciplinary specialism that is often characterised by diversity in its empirical and epistemological foci. I go on to propose three possible priorities for future work in the history of geography that, sitting alongside a wider cosmopolitan and decolonial agenda, are illustrative of the sorts of empirical and conceptual progress that might render future historiography more progressive and inclusive.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Historical Geography
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2024


  • History of geography
  • Historiography
  • Progress

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