Research Report—"Mapping Political Economies Over Time: Teaching Regional Systems Theory With G.W. Skinner’s Historical GIS Datasets”


  • Karl E. Ryavec
  • Mark Henderson



This study documents an ongoing project compiling and publishing open access Historical GIS manuals, and associated datasets, for teaching the Regional Systems approach to mapping historical world economies to undergraduate and graduate students with no prior knowledge of GIS.  Regional Systems Theory was pioneered by the anthropologist G. W. Skinner (lived 1925-2008) to map and measure the effects of economic systems on social and cultural processes over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


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How to Cite

Ryavec, K. E., & Henderson, M. (2018). Research Report—"Mapping Political Economies Over Time: Teaching Regional Systems Theory With G.W. Skinner’s Historical GIS Datasets”. Journal of World-Systems Research, 24(2), 435–443.



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