Geografie 1987, 92, 272-281

Regional Geography at the Crossroads. Notes on Its Development, Subject and Conception

Ivan Bičík, Josef Brinke

Katedra ekonomické a regionální geografie, Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The paper is a contribution to discussions of problems of the present regional geography urged by J. Demek in his paper published in the Journal of the Czechoslovak Geographical Society 92, 2, p. 119-123, 1987. It describes the development of regional geography and its altering conception viewed by different distinguished geographers. The main aim of regional geography, according to the authors, is the attention paid to particular regions or countries with the most developed human activities. They try to find some possibility to discover the relations between individual regions and their hierarchization. Regional geography must solve two kinds of problems: 1 - the study of complex microregions, 2 - the study of regional systems. A very important agent is the didactic transformation of regional geography.