HGIS Bibliography

Earle, Carville. Geographical Inquiry and American Historical Problems (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1992).

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Review by John P. Radford in The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Jul., 1993), 617-619

Review by James Lemon in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Winter, 1994), 552-554

Review by Andrew Herod in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 84, No. 2 (Jun., 1994), 320-323

Review by Clarence Mondale in American Studies International, Vol. 31, No. 2 (October 1993), 105

Review by Richard Bensel in International Labor and Working-Class History, No. 46, ILWCH Roundtable: What Next for Labor and Working-Class History? (Fall, 1994), 214-216

Review by Michael Storper in The American Historical Review, Vol. 98, No. 3 (Jun., 1993), 932-934

Review by Jean Heffer in Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 51e Année, No. 4 (Jul. – Aug., 1996), 922-924

Review by David W. Miller in Journal of Social History, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), 171-173

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Practice of Geographical History

1. The Ecological Causes of the Virginia Mortality Crisis, 1607-1624

2. Why the Puritans Settled in New England: The Problematic Nature of English Colonization in North America, 1580-1700

3. Why Tobacco Stunted the Growth of Towns and Wheat Built Them Into Small Cities: Urbanization South of the Mason-Dixon Line, 1650-1790

4. Boston, Vanguard of the  American Revolution

5. The Industrial Revolution as a Response to Cheap Labor and Agricultural Seasonality, 1790-1860: A Reexamination of the Habakkuk Thesis

6. To Enslave or Not to Enslave: Crop Seasonality, Labor Choice, and the Urgency of the Civil War

7. The Myth of the Southern Soil Miner: Macrohistory, Agricultural Innovation, and Environmental Change

8. A Tale of Two Cities: The Ecological Basis of the Threefold Population Differential in the Chicago and Mobile Urban Systems, Circa 1860

9. The Split Geographical Personality of American Labor: Labor Power and Modernization in the Gilded Age

10. The Last Great Chance for an American Working Class: Spatial Lessons of the General Strike and the Haymarket Riot of Early May 1886

11. Spoiling the “Roast Beef and Apple Pie” Version of American Exceptionalism: The Agricultural-Geographic Origins of Working-Class Division and the Failure of American Socialism

12. The Periodic Structure of the American Past: Rhythms, Phases, and Geographic Conditions


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