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Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA 01075-1461)
Robert M. Schwartz (Project Director: November 2005 to November 2010)

RZ-50577-06
Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$149,958 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010

History/Geography: Railways, Uneven Development, Cultural Change, and Globalization in France and Great Britain, 1830-1914

Conference papers, scholarly articles, digital publications, and a book on the 19th-century transportation revolution in Britain and France. (36 months)

An historian and two geographers join to create new understandings of the nineteenth-century transport revolution and its effects in France and Great Britain. The first comparative history of its kind, it brings humanistic perspectives to the use of Geographic Information System technology and existing databases. Set within patterns of change at national and international levels, it explains the impact of railways in specific communities, providing a history of lived experience and cultural change in the railway era. Using village archives, census records, newspapers, print images, photographs, poetry, and novels in addition to GIS data, it will prove a major contribution to the humanities, history, and geography.