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Influences of Geographic Environment

Influences of Geographic Environment by Ellen Churchill Semple
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INFLUENCES OF GEOGRAPHIC ENVIRONMENT ON THE BASIS OF RATZEL'S SYSTEM OF ANTHROPO-GEOGRAPHY BY ELLEN CHURCHILL SEMPLE PREFACE The present book, as originally planned over seven years ago, was to be a simplified paraphrase or restatement of the principles embodied in Friedrich Ratzel's _Anthropo-Geographie_. The German work is difficult reading even for Germans. To most English and American students of geographic environment it is a closed book, a treasure-house bolted and barred. Ratzel himself realized that any English form could not be a literal translation, but must be adapted to the Anglo-Celtic and especially to the Anglo-American mind. The writer undertook, with Ratzel's approval, to make such an adapted restatement of the principles, with a view to making them pass current where they are now unknown.

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INFLUENCES OF GEOGRAPHIC ENVIRONMENT ON THE BASIS OF RATZEL'S SYSTEM OF ANTHROPO GEOGRAPHY

BY ELLEN CHURCHILL SEMPLE

TO THE MEMORY OF FRIEDRICH RATZEL

Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light. MILTON.

PREFACE

The present book, as originally planned over seven years ago, was to be a simplified paraphrase or restatement of the principles embodied in Friedrich Ratzel's Anthropo Geographie . The German work is difficult reading even for Germans. To most English and American students of geographic environment it is a closed book, a treasure house bolted and barred. Ratzel himself realized "that any English form could not be a literal translation, but must be adapted to the Anglo Celtic and especially to the Anglo American mind." The writer undertook, with Ratzel's approval, to make such an adapted restatement of the principles, with a view to making them pass current where they are now unknown... Continue reading book >>


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