chapter  2
20 Pages

The route of governmentality: surveying and collecting urban space in ducal Florence LEAH FAIBISOFF

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book has brought together established historians whose work is highly influential in the study of early modern Florence and younger scholars who are pushing the bounds of the discipline in methodological and conceptual ways. It highlights how new technologies of inquiry, such as Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS), aural networking, or locative media can expand and extend existing historical scholarship. The book offers possibilities for further methodological shifts in how people approach and understand the early modern city. It emphasizes the complexities of early modern data analysis and particular challenges faced by early modernist 'digital humanists', but it also invites early modernists of all sorts to invest in the skills necessary to employ digital methods appropriate to their research project. The book makes the case that HGIS and other digital technologies can improve historical research and spur innovative lines of discovery.