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Spatial History: Railways, Uneven Development, and Population Change in France and Great Britain, 1850-1914.

Schwartz, Robert and Gregory, Ian and Thévenin, Thomas (2011) Spatial History: Railways, Uneven Development, and Population Change in France and Great Britain, 1850-1914. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 42 (1). pp. 53-88. ISSN 0022-1953

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Abstract

A comparative spatial history combining historical narrative, geographical thinking, and spatial analysis of historical data offers new perspectives on railway expansion and its effects in France and Great Britain during the long nineteenth century. Accessible rail transport in the rural regions of both countries opened new economic opportunities in agriculture, extractive industries, and service trades, helping to revitalize rural communities and decrease their rates of out-migration. In France, long-standing economic disparities between the developed north and the less-productive south gradually reduced. These conclusions are based, in part, on the use of historical geographical information systems (hgis) and spatial statistics, illustrating a component of spatial history.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 39962
Deposited By: Dr Ian Gregory
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2011 13:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 09:39
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/39962

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