Geography Militant: Cultures of Exploration and Empire
October 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Geographical Knowledge, Exploration and Empire.
2. The Royal Geographical Society and the Empire of Science.
3. Hints to Travellers: Observation in the Field.
4. Missionary of Science: David Livingstone and the Exploration of Africa.
5. Becoming an Explorer: The Martyrdom of Winwood Reade.
6. Exploration by Warfare: Henry Morton Stanley and his Critics.
7. Making Representations: From an African Exhibition to the High Court of Justice.
8. Exploring Darkest England: Mapping the Heart of Empire.
9. Geography Militant and its After-life.
- New perspective on the history of geographical exploration
(concerned with the relationships between culture, science and
- Brings together a wealth of unpublished and published material
in an engaging, well-illustrated and accessible book.
- Interdisciplinary volume, that will appeal to historians,
geographers, and those in cultural studies, as well as a lay
- Includes he latest scholarship on well-known explorers like
Stanley & Livingstone.
- Author is well known in geography, imperial history, Victorian studies, cultural studies.
"Expoliting the divide 'twixt' science and the
sensational and pointing to differing geographies of various
periods , this well wrought, closely knit book of nine illustrated
chapters dwells on the age of exploration, colonization and the
concomitant rise of the British Empire and its institutions. A
listing of manuscripts consulted, extensive bibliography, and an
index complete this rigorous work." Choice
"...consistently thoughtful and lively; Felix Driver
produces a powerful sense of the complexity and strangeness of his
material." Times Literary Supplement.
"extremely wide ranging book which raises a multitude of
issues", Journal of European Studies.
" This book adds effectively to the traditional accounts of
exploration known to so many of us" International Journal of
"a lot of material, many interesting ideas and observations,
some fascinating juxtapositions, tantalizing suggestions, rich
references, and polished prose ..." Environment and
A "wonderful book [...] with Geography Militant Felix
Driver has dined sumptuously at the Ritz-Carlton. To great
advantage, he has quite successfully mined many veins of knowledge
far bayond those disciplines where geographers normally toil. Each
place is revealed as pertinent and fascinating [...] This volume
contains so many meaty ideas, it is difficult [...] to give them
the attention they properly deserve. Suffice to say, Felix Driver's
Militant Geography is a tour de force. The research
conducted to write this remarkable book is impeccable"
Terrae Incognitae, the journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries
"The range of material included in this book, only a portion of
which can be covered here, is exceptional. Geography
Militant is a welcome contribution and will certainly spark a
reconsideration of assumptions in a number of fields, including the
history of science, cultural history and the history of
imperialism." Susan Schulten, the History of Science
"this splendid book describes the culture of exploration and the
making of he discipline of Britain in the 'militant' epoch. So many
themes and substantive descriptions tumble from these pages that
summary is difficult" Christopher Lawrence, Medical
[Driver contributes] to the ongoing project of reevaluating the history of Empire, demonstrating that the science of location and its graphic productions were far less stable and effective than postcolonial critics have claimed" Robert D. Aguirre, Victorian Studies