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Historical GIS Research in Canada

contributions by Jennifer Bonnell, Marcel Fortin, Colleen Beard, Stephen Bocking, Jim Clifford, Joanna Dean, Francois Dufaux, Patrick A. Dunae, Jason Gilliland, William M. Glen, Megan Harvey, Matthew G. Hatvany, Sally Hermansen, Andrew Hinson, Don Lafreniere, John S. Lutz, Joshua D. MacFadyen, Daniel Macfarlane, Jennifer Marvin, Cameron Metcalf, Byron Moldofsky, Sherry Olson, Jon Pasher, Daniel Rueck, R.W. Sandwell, Henry Yu & Barbara Znamirowski

University of Calgary Press
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Jan 2014
General, Environmental Science, Historical Geography, Geography
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Fundamentally concerned with place, and our ability to understand human relationships with environment over time, Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) as a tool and a subject has direct bearing for the study of contemporary environmental issues and realities. To date, HGIS projects in Canada are few and publications that discuss these projects directly even fewer. This book brings together case studies of HGIS projects in historical geography, social and cultural history, and environmental history from Canada's diverse regions. Projects include religion and ethnicity, migration, indigenous land practices, rebuilding a nineteenth-century neighborhood, and working with Google Earth.

With contributions by: Colleen Beard Stephen Bocking Jennifer Bonnell Jim Clifford Joanna Dean François Dufaux Patrick A. Dunae Marcel Fortin Jason Gilliland William M. Glen Megan Harvey Matthew G. Hatvany Sally Hermansen Andrew Hinson Don Lafreniere John S. Lutz Joshua D. MacFadyen Daniel Macfarlane Jennifer Marvin Cameron Metcalf Byron Moldofsky Sherry Olson Jon Pasher Daniel Rueck R. W. Sandwell Henry Yu Barbara Znamirowski

About the authors

Jennifer Bonnell is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Guelph.

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Marcel Fortin is the Map and GIS Librarian at the University of Toronto's Map and Data Library. He is also a sessional lecturer in both the Geography Department and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

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Stephen Bocking teaches in Environmental and Resource Studies program at Trent University. He has written numerous academic articles; his book, Ecologists and Environmental Politics: A History of Contemporary Ecology, was published by Yale University Press in 1997.

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Joanna Dean is associate professor of History at Carleton University, where she teaches animal history and environmental history.

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Patrick A. Dunae's profile page

Jason Gilliland's profile page

William M. Glen's profile page

Megan Harvey's profile page

Matthew G. Hatvany's profile page

Sally Hermansen's profile page

Andrew Hinson's profile page

Don Lafreniere's profile page

John S. Lutz's profile page

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Daniel Macfarlane is an Assistant Professor with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. His research examines Canada-US border waters and he is the author of Negotiating a River, Canada, the US and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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Sherry Olson is a professor emerita in the Department of Geography at McGill University.Patricia Thornton is a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University.

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R.W. Sandwell is associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and author of Contesting Rural Space: Land Policy and Practices of Resettlement on Saltspring Island, 1859–1891.

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Henry Yu is a professor in the Department of History and the principal of St. John’s College at the University of British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews


The editors of Historical GIS Research in Canada do a masterful job of highlighting the obstacles of HGIS while offering perspective of the state of the science . . . I look forward to future publications by these editors to see more of what HGIS has to offer and what answers it can provide.

Christine Delbridge, MIRCS Review



A wonderful collection of thirteen essays . . . A confident assertion of promise realized.

—Deryck Holdsworth, BC Studies



The book succeeds brilliantly in its aims. The production is of the highest quality, with a clear layout of text and illustrations, an unambiguous editing, and the superb quality of the many coloured maps and diagrams.

—Ken Atkinson, British Journal of Canadian Studies



Significantly raises the bar . . . The contributors to this volume have made a stunning case for the use of spatial history to better understand the interactions between people and place in Canada's past.

—Ken Sylvester, The Canadian Historical Review



Historical GIS Research in Canada offers an approachable yet expansive introduction to HGIS and the ways in which it is being used in Canadian historiography.

—Jessica DeWitt, Network in Canadian History & Environment


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