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Title: Shaping the common ground: State-building, the railway network, and regional development in Finland
Author: Alvarez-Palau, Eduard J.  
Martí Henneberg, Jordi
Others: Universitat de Lleida
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Estudis d'Economia i Empresa
Keywords: regional development
historical geography
railway network
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2020
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Citation: Alvarez-Palau, E. [Eduard] & Martí-Henneberg, J. [Jordi]. (2020). Shaping the Common Ground: State-Building, the Railway Network, and Regional Development in Finland. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 51(2), 267-296. doi: 10.1162/jinh_a_01557
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Abstract: Transport infrastructure played a key role in redefining Finland's economic geography. An empirical investigation involving new gis databases that combine data about railways, population, and administrative boundaries at the municipal level between 1870 and 2000 permits the identification of three main phases of railway expansion: The first phase was a concentration of railways around Helsinki; the second, the construction of a grid-based national railway network, which coincided with a spread of the population into rural areas; and the third, an expansion of the railway into local networks when Finland's industry began to coalesce around metropolitan areas.
ISSN: 1530-9169MIAR
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