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.

chapter |6 pages


Spatial history, history, and GIS
ByDon DeBats, Ian Gregory, Don Lafreniere

part I|124 pages

Population and demography

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part I

ByDon Lafreniere, Ian Gregory, Don DeBats

chapter 1|23 pages

Re-focus on women in an industrial revolution

Montreal 1848–1903
BySherry Olson

chapter 2|19 pages

Genealogical geography and the generational migration of Europeans to America

BySamuel M. Otterstrom, Brian E. Bunker

chapter 3|22 pages

Railroads and population distribution

HGIS data and indicators for spatial analysis
ByEduard J. Alvarez-Palau, Jordi Martí-Henneberg

chapter 4|16 pages

Enhancing life-courses

Using GIS to construct ‘new’ aggregate and individual-level data on health and society in twentieth-century Britain
ByHumphrey Southall

chapter 5|38 pages

Relating economic and demographic change in the United States from 1970 to 2012

A preliminary examination using GIS and spatial analysis techniques with national data sources 1
ByAndrew A. Beveridge

part II|91 pages

Spatial economic history

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part II

ByDon DeBats, Ian Gregory, Don Lafreniere

chapter 6|16 pages

Mapping the American iron industry

ByAnne Kelly Knowles

chapter 7|17 pages

De Geer revisited

Changing territorial and organizational control in the railroad network of the American manufacturing belt, 1850–1900
ByRichard G. Healey

chapter 9|19 pages

Geographies of welfare in nineteenth-century England and Wales

ByDouglas H. L. Brown

chapter 10|19 pages

Spatial divisions of poverty and wealth

ByDimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling

part III|126 pages

Urban spatial history

chapter |4 pages

Introduction to Part III

ByDon Lafreniere, Ian Gregory, Don DeBats

chapter 11|21 pages

Developing GIS maps for US cities in 1930 and 1940

ByJohn R. Logan, Weiwei Zhang

chapter 12|21 pages

Geodetic data and spatial photography

New assets for urban history
ByJean-Luc Pinol

chapter 13|28 pages

‘Kleindeutschland’, the Lower East Side in New York City at Tompkins Square in the 1880s

Exploring immigration at street and building level
ByKurt Schlichting

chapter 14|21 pages

Following workers of the industrial city across a decade

Residential, occupational, and workplace mobilities, 1881–1891
ByDon Lafreniere, Jason Gilliland

chapter 15|28 pages

‘A city of the white race occupies its place’

Kanaka Row, Chinatown, and the Indian Quarter in Victorian Victoria
ByJohn Sutton Lutz, Don Lafreniere, Megan Harvey, Patrick Dunae, Jason Gilliland

part IV|176 pages

Spatial rural and environmental history

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part IV

ByIan Gregory, Don DeBats, Don Lafreniere

chapter 16|22 pages

Re-evaluating an environmental history icon

The American Dust Bowl
ByGeoff Cunfer

chapter 17|19 pages

The post, the railroad and the state

An HGIS approach to study Western Canada settlement, 1850–1900
ByGustavo Velasco

chapter 18|20 pages

Using GIS to transition from contemporary to historical geographical research

Exploring rural land use change in southern England in the twentieth century
ByNigel Walford

chapter 19|23 pages

Food, farms, and fish in Great Britain and France, 1860–1914

A mixed-methods spatial history
ByRobert M. Schwartz

part V|88 pages

Spatial political history

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part V

ByDon DeBats, Ian Gregory, Don Lafreniere

chapter 20|20 pages

White maps and black votes

GIS and the electoral dynamics of white and African-American voters in the late nineteenth century
ByDon DeBats

chapter 21|16 pages

The spatial history of state power

A view from imperial China
ByRuth Mostern

chapter 22|24 pages

Peasants and politics

How GIS offers new insights into the German countryside
ByGeorge Vascik

chapter 23|23 pages

Mapping inequality

‘Big data’ meets social history in the story of redlining
ByN. D. B. Connolly, LaDale Winling, Robert K. Nelson, Richard Marciano

part VI|19 pages

Spatial humanities

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part VI

ByIan Gregory, Don DeBats, Don Lafreniere

chapter 24|14 pages

Chasing Bakhtin’s ghost

From Historical GIS to deep mapping
ByDavid J. Bodenhamer

chapter 25|23 pages

Urban property in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro

Rent, neighborhoods, and networks
ByZephyr Frank

chapter 26|20 pages

The Second Battle of Ypres and a northern English town

Digital humanities and the First World War
ByIan Gregory, Corinna Peniston-Bird

chapter 27|17 pages

GIS for cultural resources management in Alaska

The Susitna-Watana Dam Project
ByJustin M. Hays, Carol Gelvin-Reymiller, James Kari, Charles M. Mobley, William E. Simeone

chapter 28|25 pages

‘Multiplicity embarrasses the eye’

The digital mapping of literary Edinburgh
ByJames Loxley, Beatrice Alex, Miranda Anderson, Uta Hinrichs, Claire Grover, David Harris-Birtill, Tara Thomson, Aaron Quigley, Jon Oberlander