Geospatial Information Systems

  • Noel D. Johnson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) allow datasets to be matched with (historical) spatial units of analysis. The visualisation, and subsequent analysis, of geographical patterns that emerge from the use of this methodology constitutes a powerful tool in the toolkit of a researcher. This chapter illustrates some of the main areas of application, such as the visualisation of events and the mapping of distances and travel routes in historical settings. The chapter concludes with tips on how to make first steps towards using GIS methods in economic history research.

JEL Classification

C31 N01 R12 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noel D. Johnson
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  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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