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On the Use of Geographic Information Systems in Economic History: The American Transportation Revolution Revisited

Jeremy Atack

The Journal of Economic History, 2013, vol. 73, issue 02, 313-338

Abstract: Transportation improvements in the nineteenth century loom large in the historiography of the profession during the twentieth century. This article describes the ongoing construction of a historical geographic information systems (GIS) transportation database designed to provide new insights into the impact of the transportation and communications revolution in the continental United States by providing evidence on the spatial dimensions of those changes over time. It also reviews some preliminary findings and reinterpretations based upon these data.

Date: 2013
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