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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Spatial History

ISBN 9781138860148
Published January 23, 2018 by Routledge
666 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Spatial History explores the full range of ways in which GIS can be used to study the past, considering key questions such as what types of new knowledge can be developed solely as a consequence of using GIS and how effective GIS can be for different types of research.

Global in scope and covering a broad range of subjects, the chapters in this volume discuss 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. Chapter authors draw from a diverse collection of case studies from around the world, covering topics from state power in imperial China to the urban property market in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro, health and society in twentieth-century Britain and the demographic impact of the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

Critically evaluating both the strengths and limitations of GIS and illustrated with over two hundred maps and figures, this volume is an essential resource for all students and scholars interested in the use of GIS and spatial analysis as a method of historical research.

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 Conclusion

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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.