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Vladimir Vladimirov
(History Faculty, Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia)

Spatial Aspects of Altai History:
the Impact of Computer Mapping

Historical events and processes are taking place not only during some time but also in a space; all historical objects have appropriate spatial allocation. We can indicate this place on a map; so we fulfil its geographical identification and get an information about its spatial coordinates. We aren't able otherwise to understand interrelations between different territories. This processes help us to create a new knowledge.

Technological possibilities of space visualization of historical, events provide their wide use in historical research. Many problems have been solved by using of such models: basic factors of a colonization of different areas; regularities of a settlement of area during different historical periods; interaction of geographical, economic, military and other factors which caused migration of population, and etc. These models can be realized on macro- (countries, continents) and microlevels down to rather small areas. And the main way to visualize these models is to create a computer map.

In Altai University we began creating a repository of historical computer maps. This work goes on in two directions: maps of Russian Empire at early XX century and maps of South-West Siberia areas. We believe it can be methodologically fruitful because it is possible to combinee the different levels of aggregation: the country as a whole and the one region as a part. The main problems are: a allocation and a movement of population; a colonization of new areas; an appearance of new settlements; a development of transport system. Many interesting sources will be studied and published.



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