Friedrich Ratzel

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Ratzel, Friedrich


Born Aug. 30, 1844, in Karlsruhe; died Aug. 9, 1904, in Ammerland, near Starnberger See. German geographer, ethnographer, and sociologist. Professor at the University of Leipzig (from 1886). One of the founders of the school of human geography.

Ratzel’s main works dealt with the relationship between man and his natural environment. His mistaken conception about the determining influence of nature on culture and sociopolitical relations had an important influence on the formation of geopolitcs. Ratzel based his work in general geography on his travels in southern Europe and North America.


Anthropogeographie, vol. 1, 4th ed. Stuttgart, 1921. Vol. 2, 3rd ed.: Stuttgart, 1922.
Politische Geographie, 3rd ed. Munich-Berlin, 1923.
In Russian translation:
Narodovedenie, vols. 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1900–01.
Zemlia izhizn’, vols. 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1903–06.
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Through his father, Haushofer met Professor Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904), an ardent pan-Germanist and theoretician of geopolitics.
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About Some Misinterpretations regarding the Works of Friedrich Ratzel. Trabalho apresentado no 30o Congresso Internacional de Geografos, Glasglow, Escocia, 2004.
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E na Alemanha de fins do seculo XIX que surgem as primeiras tentativas de sistematizacao conceitual e de definicao de um objeto proprio da geografia por meio dos trabalhos de Alexandre von Humboldt, Friedrich Ratzel e Karl Ritter.