Synopses & Reviews
The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to issues in history is among the most exciting developments in both digital and spatial humanities. Describing a wide variety of applications, the essays in this volume highlight the methodological and substantive implications of a spatial approach to history. They illustrate how the use of GIS is changing our understanding of the geographies of the past and has become the basis for new ways to study history. Contributors focus on current developments in the use of historical sources and explore the insights gained by applying GIS to develop historiography. Toward Spatial Humanities is a compelling demonstration of how GIS can contribute to our historical understanding.
About the Author
Ian N. Gregory is Professor of Digital Humanities at Lancaster University. He is author or co-author of three books, including: Troubled Geographies: A Spatial History of Religion and Society in Ireland (IUP, 2013).
Alistair Geddes is Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Social and Environmental Sciences at the University of Dundee.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From Historical GIS to Spatial Humanities: Deepening Scholarship and Broadening Technology / Ian N. Gregory and Alistair Y. Geddes
Part One: Deeping Scholarship: Developing the Historiography through Spatial History
1. Railways and Agriculture in France and Great Britain, 1850 to 1914 / Robert M. Schwartz and Thomas Thevenin
2. The Development, Persistence and Change of Racial Segregation in United States Urban Areas: 1880 to 2010 / Andrew A. Beveridge
3. Troubled Geographies: An Historical GIS of Religion, Society and Conflict in Ireland since the Great Famine / Niall Cunningham
Part 2: Broadening Scholarship: Applying HGIS in New Ways
4. Applying Historical GIS beyond the Academy: Four Use Cases for the Great Britain HGIS / Humphrey R. Southall
5. The Politics of Territory in Song Dynasty China (960-1276 CE) / Elijah Meeks and Ruth Mostern
6. Mapping the City in Film / Julia Hallam and Les Roberts
7. Conclusions: From Historical GIS to Spatial Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities / Ian N. Gregory and Alistair Y. Geddes
8. Further Reading: From Historical GIS to Spatial Humanities: An Evolving Literature / Ian N. Gregory