322 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume provides a practical introduction to spatial history through the lens of the different primary sources that historians use. It is informed by a range of analytical perspectives and conveys a sense of the various facets of spatial history in a tangible, case-study based manner.

    The chapter authors hail from a variety of fields, including early modern and modern history, architectural history, historical anthropology, economic and social history, as well as historical and human geography, highlighting the way in which spatial history provides a common forum that facilitates discussion across disciplines. The geographical scope of the volume takes readers on a journey through central, western, and east central Europe, to Russia, the Mediterranean, the Ottoman Empire, and East Asia, as well as North and South America, and New Zealand. Divided into three parts, the book covers particular types of sources, different kinds of space, and specific concepts, tools and approaches, offering the reader a thorough understanding of how sources can be used within spatial history specifically but also the different ways of looking at history more broadly.

    Very much focusing on doing spatial history, this is an accessible guide for both undergraduate and postgraduate students within modern history and its related fields.

    Introduction - Spatial history: an expansive field

    Riccardo Bavaj

    Part 1: Working with sources

    1. Maps

    Bernhard Struck and Riccardo Bavaj

    2. Travel guides

    James Koranyi

    3. Novels, autobiographies and memoirs

    Sarah Deutsch

    4. Newspaper archives

    Sherry Olson and Peter Holland

    5. Architectural drawings

    Despina Stratigakos

    Part 2: Exploring spaces

    6. Ships

    Matt Ylitalo and Sarah Easterby-Smith

    7. Bars

    Kate Ferris

    8. Rivers

    Mark Harris

    9. Infrastructures

    Frithjof Benjamin Schenk

    10. Border zones

    Lisa Hellman

    Part 3: Reflecting on concepts, tools, and approaches

    11. Lefebvrean landscapes

    Dawn Hollis

    12. Maritoriality

    Michael Talbot

    13. Regional imaginaries

    Konrad Lawson

    14. Economic geographies

    Antonis Hadjikyriacou

    15. Digital mapping

    Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano

    Selected Bibliography


    Riccardo Bavaj is Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews, UK, and Co-Director of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History. His research focuses on the intellectual and spatial history of 20th-century Germany. He has co-edited Germany and ‘the West’ and Zivilisatorische Verortungen (with Martina Steber).

    Konrad Lawson is Lecturer in Modern History, University of St Andrews, UK, and Co-Director of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History. His research focuses on modern East Asian history and the aftermaths of Japanese empire.

    Bernhard Struck is Reader of Modern History, University of St Andrews, UK, and Founding Director of the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History. His research focuses on continental European History, c.1750 to early 20th-century, comparative and transnational history. He has co-edited Shaping the Transnational Sphere (with Davide Rodogno and Jakob Vogel).

    "Doing Spatial History provides a rich, diverse and compelling exploration of sources, spaces and concepts useful for conducting spatially sensitive historical research. More than that, it showcases vibrant and accessible conversations across historical disciplines, different periods and an array of places, underlining the enormous potential of the emerging and energetic field of spatial history."

    Diarmid A. Finnegan, Queen's University Belfast, UK

    "With an ecumenical spirit, Doing Spatial History offers a concrete guide to researching the lived experience of the past. Authors from various fields show us how sources ranging from police records and maritime contracts to novels and maps can enrich and complicate the humanities. Researchers will especially appreciate the introduction, which offers both a helpful entry point to the field and an overview of its literature."

    Susan Schulten, University of Denver, USA

    "For a spatial historian who has been working for some 20 years to introduce space as an analytical category into the historical and cultural sciences, it is a particular pleasure to see this 'guide to using historical sources' published. It is long overdue. For real and imagined places – from bars to borders – the volume shows what difference 'doing spatial history' can make."

    Susanne Rau, University of Erfurt, Germany

    "Taken together, the chapters provide a rich introduction to the sources and themes that have played a key role in developing spatial history as a distinct approach. From newspapers and maps to ships and architectural drawings, the chapters elucidate why such sources, spaces, and concepts are useful and important historiographical tools. ... [They] will be exceptional tools for students and scholars who seek to incorporate spatial history into their practice."

    Kate McDonald, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Cultural History: Vol 13, No1

    "Although primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, the book is also highly recommended to more experienced scholars, whether they are looking for inspiration or want to learn more about different concepts and approaches. By illustrating how spatial concepts can be used to interrogate seemingly familiar sources or topics, the authors open up a wealth of new ideas and lines of inquiry. Doing Spatial History encourages the readers to think about history in different and novel ways. It is truly inspirational."

    Maria Fritsche, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, Cultural History: Vol 13, No1