Geografie 1990, 95, 121-124

The Beginnings of Regional Geography and its Development up to the 17th Century

Dušan Trávníček

Helfertova 7/b, 613 00 Brno, Czechia

The author gives an outline of the development of this discipline since its beginnings in antique times, starting from Herodotos up to the Geographia generalis by Bernard Varenius, marking in the mid-17th century a decisive turn in the further development of regional geography. The author describes the gradual dissemination of knowledge in individual regions as well as written and cartographic procedures. They constituted the basis for a further research with more recent regional interpretations linking up with them.