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Mapping the Distortions in Time and Space: The French Railway Network 1830-1930

Abstract : Accessibility is frequently used in transportation planning to measure the efficiency of new infrastructure in terms of travel time and population served. In this article, the authors apply accessibility concepts based on the geo-historical angle. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationships between population dynamics and the railway expansion from 1830 to 1930. Their approach considers a local scale composed of some 36,000 French communes for the demographic data and more than 28,000 kilometers for the railway network. The methodological framework of this database is based on historical geographic information systems completed by anamorphosis analysis. In this way, they are able to map the changing contours of accessibility from the local to the regional and national scales for historical time.
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Thomas Thévenin, Robert Schwartz, Loïc Sapet. Mapping the Distortions in Time and Space: The French Railway Network 1830-1930. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2013, 46 (3), pp.134-143. ⟨10.1080/01615440.2013.803409⟩. ⟨hal-00911034⟩



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