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.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 19 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
This book is of great use to any researcher familiar with HGIS, but this volume also has use forany humanities scholar concerned with issues of place and time. The original research containedin the six case studies, as well as the strongly argued theoretical sections in the editors' introductionand conclusion are clearly presented, accessible by student and professional academic alike. * Social & Cultural Geography *
The editors have assembled a splendid book, which will be read with profit by anyone who wishes to learn more about the application of the techniques, especially geographic information systems (GIS), used by the authors of the six chapters. * American Historical Review *
Toward Spatial Humanities is a good gateway into the evolving sub-discipline of historical GIS. Gregory and Geddes's introduction, conclusion, and endnotes give excellent summaries and references for further exploration. The case study chapters provide good examples of applying GIS to particular historical periods, places, and questions. We can never have too many cases for inspiration and guidance, for so much history remains unexamined from a geographical point of view. * Southern Spaces *
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