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A genealogy of military geographies: complicities, entanglements and legacies

Forsyth, Isla


Isla Forsyth


This paper argues that historical geography is particularly well positioned to make insightful contributions to military geographies and critical military studies more broadly because of its commitment to critically exploring the genealogies and consequences of military violence, which are too often seen as a given or historically non-contingent. This is demonstrated by a review of existing literature which variously acknowledges the emergence of disciplinary geography in concert with the modern military, traces the contributions of geographers to and their entanglements with the military, and, which accounts for the complicities, consequences and legacies of military activities and violence through an historical lens. The paper reveals how historical geography exposes the knowledges, technologies and lives that produce and are shaped by military activities as being spatially and temporally specific. Further, its suggests future directions for historical geography that would extend and expand the discipline’s attempts to more fully acknowledge the place of military geographies in our histories, politics, spatialities, cultures and everyday lives.


Forsyth, I. (2019). A genealogy of military geographies: complicities, entanglements and legacies. Geography Compass, 13(3), Article e12422.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 21, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 21, 2019
Publication Date Mar 31, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2021
Electronic ISSN 1749-8198
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Article Number e12422
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Forsyth, I. A genealogy of military geographies: Complicities, entanglements, and legacies. Geography Compass. 2019; 13:e12422., which has been published in final form at . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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