The Global Perspective of Enlightened Travelers: Philosophic Geography from Siberia to the Pacific Ocean

  title={The Global Perspective of Enlightened Travelers: Philosophic Geography from Siberia to the Pacific Ocean},
  author={Larry Wolff},
  journal={European Review of History: Revue europ{\'e}enne d'histoire},
  pages={437 - 453}
  • L. Wolff
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • History
  • European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
This article begins by discussing the phrase ‘philosophic geography’, as noted in the journal of John Ledyard in the 1780s, in the context of his project to walk round the world and, particularly, to cross Siberia to reach North America. The concept of ‘philosophic geography’ was related to Ledyard's sense of the difference between ‘civilisation and incivilisation’, and involved making judgements about lands and peoples according to the supposedly ‘philosophical’ values of the Enlightenment… 
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