J. H. Von Thunen Essay

Ryan Trinter 
Michael Mewborne
 AP Human Geography
28 September 2014
J. H. Von Thünen
J. H. Von Thünen was born on his family’s estate in Oldenburg, Germany on
June 24, 1783 (Johann Heinrich Von Thünen). He attended an agricultural school and
proceeded to buy an estate in Mecklinburg, Germany (Johann Heinrich Von Thünen).
There he tested his methods in agronomy, or practices of cultivation, as well as
experimentations with his geographic model which was published in his book
Isolated State with Respect to Agriculture and Political Economy.
(“Johann Heinrich Von
Thünen”). Thünen continue
d his studies in agronomy at his estate in Mecklinburg,
eventually publishing one more volume of his book
Isolated State
 until his death of
a stroke on September 22, 1850 (“Johann Heinrich Von Thünen”). A third edition of his
book was published posthum
ously (Johann Heinrich Von Thünen”).
J. H. Von Thünen is credited with creating the “Von Thünen Model” which was
published in the first volume of
The Isolated Estate
(Rossenberg). It used four
concentric zones surrounding a city to represent things that should be produced in
areas relative to the city in order to make it self-sufficient (Rossenberg). The model
states that dairying and demanding crops, such as vegetables and milk, would be
placed in the closest zone to the city because of their need to get to the markets quickly.
Then, the second zone would have the collection of firewood and timber for fuel and