With the following we launch a new series of posts under the subtitle “Re-Directions” that will point to noteworthy articles published in History Compass, the online journal published by Blackwell Publishing.
Historians are usually concerned with time—either in diachronic narratives of the passage of events in the short run or as grander conceptualizations of the longue durée
—and tend to take the space in which these passages occur mostly for granted. Of late, however, more and more historians are focusing on the spatial dimension, in Braudelian concepts such as the Atlantic World, in considerations of globalization of regional histories, or in mapping—literally and figuratively—the bodies politic of the past. To the growing historiographic literature in and of this genre comes a new addition—the magisterial and wide-ranging, but necessarily complicated, survey by Keith Robbins in History Compass
, "The 'British Space': World-Empire-Continent-Nation-Region-Locality: A Historiographical Problem" (History Compass
volume 7, number 1, 2009)...