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By the late 10th century, Oxford was the crossroads of England, writes Daniel MacCannell, holding key positions on the east/west and north/south trade routes, and enjoying an enviable riverside location: its importance pre-dates the existence of the university
David Moffatt’s charming account of his time as a PhD student, employee of the Ministry of Overseas Development, and member of an international rural development consultancy agency is not your typical explorer’s memoir
Bettany Hughes describes Istanbul as a ‘place where stories and histories collide and crackle.’
How it could be that a fashion and portrait photographer should end up travelling to one of the most remote, perilous places on Earth to take pictures is a story in itself. But this is just one part of the…
Natural disasters are inevitable but the death toll is up to us. Such is the argument in Robert Muir-Wood’s latest, which details how our approach to disasters dictates the human loss of earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis
The Bodleian is rightly regarded as one of the most impressive libraries in the UK, so any publication of its treasures is always going to be something of a special occasion, all the more so for geographers when said treasures…
If you are a reader of Geographical you probably enjoy maps. A second reasonable assumption is that you also enjoy wildlife. Thankfully, geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti have combined these two to make an unstoppable book that will…
The most famous justification for climbing a mountain is, of course, ‘because it’s there’. After months of captivity as a prisoner of war during WWII, Felice Benuzzi was so bored – ‘People in prison camps do not live

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