1/ #geographyteacher book recommendations and short reviews

- The New Age of Empire @kehinde_andrews
- Terraformed @Joywhite2
- Black and British @DavidOlusoga
- Footprints @david_farrier

2/ The New Age of Empire

This is a great place to start. Especially if you have read #geographyteacher staples Factfulness and The Almighty Dollar, this is an essential read to add further layers of depth to your understanding of global trade and development.
3/ I will use this in my teaching to update these topics, as well as providing important historical context for economic change in UK cities, by including the role of slavery and colonialism in industrialisation.

4/ Terraformed

This is a book unlike no other. @Joywhite2 details the regeneration happening in Newham by combining theory with detailed lived experience, which is an element often missing from a traditional teaching of this topic.
5/ One fact I learnt was that some grime and rap musicians had their videos removed from YouTube before the Olympics because they had "gang" references and did not fit the image Newham wanted to portray to the world.

6/ Black and British: A Forgotten History

A broad historical understanding is important to be able to identify gaps in traditional/mainstream narratives, especially relating to the role of race and empire.@DavidOlusoga addresses all of this and more.
7/ For example, when my GCSE textbook mentioned that there was increased UK demand for cotton from India and said little else on the matter, this book was able to fill in the gaps and explained how this was due to the American Civil War.
8/ Footprints: In search of future fossils

This book applies a geological timescale to urban environments and considers what remnants will be left by our unsustainable lifestyle, from plastics to roads to nuclear waste.
9/ @david_farrier also covers themes relating to environmental racism and details nuclear weapons testing on the Bikini Atoll and the devastating impacts on its community.

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