Human geography is a major subdiscipline within the
wider subject field of geography. Traditionally, geography
is considered the study of the Earth's environments and
peoples, and the interactions between them. 'Geography'
comes from ancient Greek origins (Eratosthenes was the
first to use it), literally translating as 'to write or describe
the world'. In classical and Enlightenment geography,
humans and the 'natural' world were usually described in
conjunction, often in a regional fashion, as Europeans
encountered unfamiliar places in exploration and empire.
Since the late nineteenth century, this conjoint understanding
of geography - as describing the natural and
human world, region by region - has gradually been
augmented by more precise subdisciplinary pursuits and