Edmund William Gilbert

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Edmund William Gilbert (1900–1973) was a British social geographer. He was Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, from 1953 to 1967.[1] and Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He defined geography in terms of the recognition of the characters of regions[2]

In the 1920s, while at Reading University, he studied the American West.[3] He was much influenced by Halford Mackinder, to the point of being thought an uncritical admirer.[4]

During World War II he worked on the Naval Intelligence Handbooks, producing, with Robert Beckinsale[5] and S. da Sá, the Spain and Portugal volumes.


  • The Exploration of Western America, 1800-1850: An Historical Geography (1933)
  • Brighton Old Ocean's Bauble (1953)
  • The University Town in England and West Germany (1961)
  • British Pioneers in Geography (1972)


  • Obituary: Edmund William Gilbert, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 140, No. 1 (Feb., 1974), pp. 176–177


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  2. ^ Alan R. H. Baker, Geography and History: Bridging the Divide (2003), p. 164.
  3. ^ William Wyckoff, Understanding Western Places: The Historical Geographers's View, in Gary J. Hausladen (editor), Western Places, American Myths: How We Think about the West (2006), p. 22.
  4. ^ By Mark Polelle, Raising Cartographic Consciousness (1999), pp. 3-4.
  5. ^ Obituary: Robert Beckinsale | Independent, The (London) | Find Articles at BNET.com