Spatial history, according to Richard White’s analysis, is a compilation of constructed spaces and their associations through human movement relative to chronology. Basically, the display of an event through time. The job of historians is of course to focus on time relative to events, but the aspect of space adds another realm to every analysis of past events. An example of a spatial history would be a map that not only shows what happened and when, but also where.

Conservation in the Bay-Open space acquisition by decade in the Bay Area

Lefebvre, a philosopher, understood the scope of understanding history in spatial terms, and he chose to look at three different forms of space that he called spatial practice, representations of space, and representational space, to take the examination potential to another level.

The goal of looking at spatial history as a means of research is to create a better understanding of the past and to raise questions that may otherwise go unasked.

This can be useful to study segregation by showing the different aspects of history side by said to create a better understanding of the broad affect that segregation had across the country and over time. I think using maps such as the ones that White and fellow Stanford researchers used is an excellent way to present and examine information, and this tactic could be put to use. And many other historical circumstances.

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