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History and GIS : epistemologies, considerations and reflections

Author: Alexander von Lünen; Charles Travis
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - either as 'standard' GIS or custom made Historical GIS (HGIS) - have become quite popular in some historical sub-disciplines, such as Economic and Social History or Historical Geography.'Mainstream' history, however, seems to be rather unaffected by this trend. Why is it that computer applications in general have failed to make much headway in history departments, despite the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: History and GIS
(NL-LeOCL)352124652
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander von Lünen; Charles Travis
ISBN: 9789400750098 9400750099 9400750080 9789400750081
OCLC Number: 822231090
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 242 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents: Beyond GIS: Geospatial Technologies and the Future of History / David J. Bodenhamer --
Immobile History: An Interview with Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie / Alexander von Lünen, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie --
The Dawn of a Golden Age? Historical GIS and the History of Choropleth Mapping in the Netherlands / Onno Boonstra --
(In)Digitizing Cáuigú Historical Geographies: Technoscience as a Postcolonial Discourse / Mark H. Palmer --
Place in Time: GIS and the Spatial Imagination in Teaching History / Detlev Mares, Wolfgang Moschek --
"Thou Shalt Make No Graven Maps!": An Interview with Gunnar Olsson / Alexander von Lünen, Gunnar Olsson --
Vernacular GIS: Mapping Early Modern Geography and Socioeconomics / Alexi Baker --
Mapping Miracles: Early Medieval Hagiography and the Potential of GIS / Faye Taylor --
The Role of Knowledge Spaces in Geographically-Oriented History / Monica Wachowicz, J.B. Owens --
Writing Visual Histories: An Interview with David J. Staley / Charles Travis, David J. Staley --
GIS and Research Into Historical "Spaces of Practice": Overcoming the Epistemological Barriers / Sam Griffiths --
GIS and History: Epistemologies, Reflections, and Considerations / Charles Travis --
Maps of Change: A Brief History of the American Historical Atlas / Edward L. Ayers, Robert K. Nelson, C. Scott Nesbit --
Tracking in a New Territory: Re-imaging GIS for History / Alexander von Lünen.
Responsibility: Alexander von Lünen, Charles Travis, editors.
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