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Geografia historyczna w Polsce – rozwój i perspektywy
Historical geography in Poland – development and perspectives

Author(s): Bogumił Szady
Subject(s): Historical Geography, Geomatics, Maps / Cartography
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne
Keywords: geografia historyczna;system informacji przestrzennej;czasoprzestrzenne bazy danych;historical geography;systems of spatial information;spatiotemporal databases

Summary/Abstract: The present article deals with the main currents that have been developing in the Polish historical geography since the end of the 19th century till now. A discussion on methodological and terminological matters has been left aside. Only the Introduction contains a short reference to those issues. Th e development of geographical-historical research is presented from two perspectives: institutional and thematic ones. A separate sub-chapter was devoted to cartography, both in the context of historical-cartographical studies and historical cartography. The review of the main institutions and research subjects considers the two major currents which developed in the Polish historical geography, especially since the middle of the 20th century, namely the geographical and the historical ones. Despite the common subject of research, they often remained side by side, which was due to different methods applied and the different source basis. The Conclusion, which closes the article, indicates the contemporary tendencies in historical geography related to new subjects such as studies on the cultural landscape or landscape ecology. In addition, a question was set about the influence of technological changes, especially the introduction of systems of spatial information and spatiotemporal databases, on the development of historical geography and on changes in this field of research.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 19-38
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish