The Study on Spatio-Temporal Transition of Population in Songjiangfu Region of China Between 1392 and 1816: A Historical GIS Approach

By Peiyao Zhang, Ka-chai Tam, Hui Lin and Billy K. L. So.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Spatial dimension, despite its significance, has often been neglected in studies of humanities and social sciences due to the limitations of analyzing tools and discrepancy of recognition. Development of GIS (Geographical information system) inspires scholars to explore the potential of spatial reference system in fields such as history, philosophy, economics, and archaeology. Among them, HGIS (Historical GIS) has become an increasingly attractive research topic in both historical geography and GIS communities in recent years. In this paper, a combination of statistical methods and GIS are applied to the Ming SongJiang Geographical Information System (MSJGIS), an existing historical GIS dataset. Spatial statistics and spatial analysis are used for demonstrating the distribution and change of population during the Ming and Qing periods in terms of the spatial structure and institutional matrix in the Songjiangfu region.

Keywords: Historical GIS, MSJGIS, Spatial Statistics, Distribution and Transition of Population

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.160MB).

Peiyao Zhang

Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Ka-chai Tam

Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Prof. Hui Lin

Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Prof. Billy K. L. So

Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China


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