Jean Dresch, 1905-1994

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Born into an intellectual family, Jean Dresch was attracted to geography through mountaineering. Ten years of teaching in Morocco and membership of the Communist Party strengthened his opposition to the colonial system. His doctoral work focused on the physical geography of mountains but also examined human activities in harsh upland environments. He was firmly committed to the unity of the discipline of geography and insisted that theories should be tested by personal enquiries and observations in the field. His teaching career at the University of Paris lasted for a quarter of a century, focusing initially on North Africa and then on geomorphology, with increasing emphasis on arid regions, desertification and development studies. Jean Dresch directed the Institut de Géographie for a decade and mentored a hundred doctoral students. He was president of the International Geographical Union, 1972–76. A long and active retirement was devoted to academic travel, scientific writing and campaigning on behalf of the oppressed. – (HC)

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Article de périodique

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Geographers. Biobibliographical studies, issn : 0308-6992, 2012, vol. 31, p. 81-103, nombre de pages : 23

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Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, London, Mansell

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