Geography And Human Development: A Study Of Ancient Athens

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dc.contributor.author Ocansey, D.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-12T14:47:31Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-12T14:47:31Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/22967
dc.description Thesis (MPhil) en_US
dc.description.abstract Two main, often conflicting, approaches or theories have been provided to understand or explain human-geography relationships, namely, geographic determinism and geographic possibilism. Scholars who hold geographic deterministic views argue that geographic conditions, to a larger extent, determine human culture and development. On the other hand, the possibilists argue that humans have the capacity to arise above the dictates of the geographical environment to modify and adapt to geographic conditions for their development. Contextually, the Balkan peninsular, since classical antiquity, has been considered by scholars as a major determinant of Greek, admirable human achievements and development. Thus, scholarship on the relationships between geography and human development in ancient Greece is mostly done in geographic determinism, leaving less to be said about possibilism. In this thesis, I attempt to offer a substantive account of a possibilist understanding of the relationship between geography and human development in ancient Greece in general and ancient Athens in particular. Incidentally, while pointing out the strength and limitations of each theoretical framework, the result of the study advocates for a merger of both determinism and possibilism in teasing out the relationships or correlations that exist between human development, geographic environment and civilisation, in the context of Greek society and Athens in particular. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Ghana en_US
dc.subject Geography en_US
dc.subject Human Development en_US
dc.subject Ancient Athens en_US
dc.subject Greece en_US
dc.title Geography And Human Development: A Study Of Ancient Athens en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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