James, Preston

James, Preston (Everett)

(1899–1986) geographer; born in Brookline, Mass. A graduate of Harvard (M.A.) and Clark (Ph.D.) Universities, he taught at the University of Michigan (1923–41), leaving to serve with the Office of Special Services in Washington, D.C. (1941–45). Professor of geography at Syracuse University (1945–70), he was a keen advocate and practitioner of fieldwork, concentrating on Latin America. His text, Latin America (1942), went through four revisions and dominated the classroom for four decades.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

James, Preston


Born Feb. 14, 1899, in Brookline, Mass. American geographer. Professor at the University of Michigan (from 1934), Syracuse University (from 1945), and other universities.

James was a consultant to and director of various organizations concerned with Latin American geography and social development. From 1948 to 1953 he was a member of the National Research Council of the American Geophysical Union. In 1951, James became the president of the Association of American Geographers and in 1957 the president of the Council on Latin American Affairs. He wrote a monograph on Latin American geography and a series of text-books on geography for high school and college students.


An Outline of Geography. New York, 1935.
Geography of Man, 2nd ed. Boston, 1959. (In collaboration with H. G. Kline.)
One World Divided: A Geographical Look at the Modern World. New York, 1964.
In Russian translation:
Latinskaia Amerika. Moscow, 1949.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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