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The Naturalist on the River Amazons and a Wider World: Reflections on the Centenary of Henry Walter Bates

John Dickenson
The Geographical Journal
Vol. 158, No. 2 (Jul., 1992), pp. 207-214
Published by: geographicalj
DOI: 10.2307/3059789
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3059789
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

H. W. Bates was Assistant Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society for almost thirty years, at the end of last century, a period in which modern, academic geography emerged from the explorer tradition. Bates achieved considerable reputation for his travels as a naturalist in Amazonia, and for the contribution of his writings on insect mimicry to Darwinian ideas. His role in geography is less acknowledged, but he was much involved not only in the sustenance of Victorian travellers, but in the encouragement of Mackinder's 'new' geography, and of the radical pioneer Peter Kropotkin.

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