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History of Regional Science and the Regional Science Association International
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A well-written and exciting historical account of the way in which regional science and the formation of the society associated with the field, Regional Science Association International, developed. It starts with the rise of Hitler, the advent of the Keynesian Revolution, the intense mathematization of economics and relates how an individual's creative thinking effectively combated the strong resistance of conventional social sciences. The text has been written by the founder of the Regional Science Association and current President of the North American Regional Science Council. It is of interest to regional scientists, economists, sociologists, urban- and regional planners, geographers, and transportation researchers.
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1 The Setting and Initial Events.- 2 The Emergence and Struggling Years of Regional Science.- 2.1 Early Developments and Significant Recognition of Location Theory.- 2.2 Growth of Interest in Regional Problems, Informal Meetings of Regional Researchers and Promotion Efforts.- 2.3 Era of Conceptual Thinking and Model Development with Multidisciplinary Explorations.- 3 The Evolution of the Designations: Regional Science, Regional Science Association and the Field of Regional Science.- 4 The Formation of the Regional Science Association.- 5 The Rooting and Emergence of Regional Science as a Major Field of Study.- 6 The Invasion of and Extensive Expansion in Europe Concomitant with the Formation of Sections.- 7 The Spread of Regional Science into Japan, India, andLatin America.- 8 My Current Thinking on the Scope and Nature of Regional Science and Opportunities for Its Advance in Basic Research and Policy Analyses.- Appendix A: Memorandum on a Census Monograph on the Location of Economic Activity and Its Relation to Population.- Appendix B: Request for Support of a Project in the Field of Regional Economic Studies.- Appendix C: Regionalism and American Economic History. Lee Benson (12/9/51).- Appendix D: Conference of the Regional Science Association 4-7 September 1961, Institute of Social Studies, Molenstraat 27, The Hague, Netherlands.- Appendix E: Annual Programs in the United States, 1958-1967 (EXCEPT 1963).- Appendix F: Regional Science Association Council Members.- Reference.

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From the reviews: "This book is a fascinating read for anyone who has had any involvement in the events and activities of the Regional Science Association ... . written from the perspective of the figure who is widely acknowledged to be the father of that field. ... This book helps participants to understand better the origins and early inspiration for his evangelical role and how he came to give early momentum to the multidisciplinary movement ... ." (Peter J B Brown, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 31, 2004)

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