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Man and his environment, more intimate than a snail and his shell

February 23, 2013

Or what about this from the English geographer Halford Mackinder, ‘man is part of his own environment, as cheese mites are part of cheese’. Cork University Press are certainly producing the goods when it comes to geographical and historical atlases. Most recently in 2012 they published the magnificant Atlas of the Great Irish Famine. Prior to that in 2011 they published a revised version of the Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape. An exquisitely produced and scholarly treatment on a range of rural issues including the unravelling of potato diversity in the decades prior to the Famine.

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