The Routledge Companion to Spatial History

The Routledge Companion to Spatial History

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The Routledge Handbook of Spatial History explores the full range of ways in which GIS can be used to study the past. Through a series of case studies, these original chapters look at ways of turning sources into a GIS database, methods of analysing these databases, methods of visualising the results of the analyses, and approaches to interpreting analyses and visualisations. The authors consider key questions such as how they implemented the use of GIS within their study and what new knowledge were they able to develop solely as a consequence of using GIS. Each author also critically evaluates how effective GIS was, focussing on both its strengths and its more

Product details

  • Hardback | 526 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 39 tables
  • 113886014X
  • 9781138860148

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Population and demography Part II: Urban Part III: Economics Part IV: Rural and Environment Part V: Health Part VI: Social Dynamics Part VII: Political Dimensions Part VIII: The Emergence of Digital Humanities Conclusionshow more

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"This wide-ranging, insightful and richly-illustrated volume provides a wealth of practical case studies elucidating the potential of GIS to enrich our understanding of the past, as well as incisive critical examination of its implications for and impact on historical scholarship. It will be invaluable for everyone interested in the use of new digital technologies and methods in historical research." Nick Baron, University of Nottingham, UK "From the leading scholars in the use of historical GIS methods, these valuable essays give us a clear sense of the possibilities and challenges of spatial history. This is a groundbreaking edited volume that will inspire, guide, and teach anyone considering spatial history approaches in their own work." William G. Thomas III, University of Nebraska, USAshow more

About Ian Gregory

Ian Gregory is Professor of Digital Humanities at Lancaster University, UK. He has worked extensively on using GIS in the Humanities on topics ranging from nineteenth century infant mortality to Lake District literature. He has published four books and numerous journal articles on the subject. He co-directs Lancaster’s Digital Humanities Hub ( Don DeBats, Head of American Studies at Flinders University, Australia, is also a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, and a Residential Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. His current research on individual level voting by whites and African-Americans in Kentucky from 1870 to the adoption of the Australian secret ballot in 1891 is supported by the Division of Research Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His interactive data-driven website is: Don Lafreniere is Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS and Director of the Geospatial Research Facility at Michigan Technological University, USA. His research interests centre on creating GIS methodologies for recreating historical environments and spatializing populations.  His recent work includes creating historical spatial data infrastructures for heritage preservation and education and using historical geospatial methods for uncovering the relationships between the built environment and life course health and wellbeing.  show more