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American EmpireRoosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization$
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Neil Smith

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230279

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230279.001.0001

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1898 and the Making of a Practical Man

1898 and the Making of a Practical Man

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(p.30) (p.31) 2 1898 and the Making of a Practical Man
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American Empire
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Neil Smith

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230279.003.0002

This chapter introduces Isaiah Bowman, a former leader of the militia who decided to pursue a career as a geographer. It first provides some information on Bowman's early life, including the time he spent on the family farm in Brown City. This is followed by a discussion of his studies and his early teaching, before he decided to enroll in the Ferris Institute in Big Rapids. His education in Michigan State Normal and Yale are studied. The final sections in the chapter study his relations with German geographers, the lessons he learned from William Morris Davis, and the influence one of his former students had on him.

Keywords:   Isaiah Bowman, geography, German geographers, William Morris Davis

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