The Shifting Tides of Empires: Using GIS to Contextualize Population Change Within the Landscape of Seventeenth to Nineteenth-Century Mani, Greece


DOI: 10.1007/s10761-014-0281-2

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Seifried, R.M. Int J Histor Archaeol (2015) 19: 46. doi:10.1007/s10761-014-0281-2


This study investigates the changing social landscape of the Mani Peninsula, Greece, from 1618 to 1829. Five primary sources of population data are combined in a GIS database, and spatial analyses are used to track patterns in population and settlement distribution. The results show that the preparations for war in Mani led to population loss, settlement fracturing, and a heightened potential for physical and visual connection. The processes of imperial conquest and resistance left a different imprint upon the Maniate landscape than in other parts of the Ottoman Empire, where settlements were occasionally relocated into more mountainous terrain for increased protection.


GIS Spatial analysis Population records Ottoman empire Greece 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology (MC 027)University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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