1. Building a Geospatial "Cross-walk": Continuity and Change in German Elections, 1895-2012
The multi year project constructs an innovative "geospatial cross-walk" to provide, for the first time for historians, sociologists, economists, and political scientists, a consistent set of geographical units (Kreise) that track Central European history at the county level for over one hundred years of German and Central European history (1895-2012) in order to trace the evolution of electoral outcomes and a variety of socioeconomic and cultural indicators culled from census data (e.g. income inequality, land inequality, crime, religiosity, education, etc.) from the entire time period. For our starting point, we use county units in 1895 Imperial Germany and then using geographic sources, construct units that allow us to track these initial county divisions into the Weimar period (1918-1933) and post-war (post-19498) and post-unification (1989) periods. Once completed, the dataset (which will be publicly available) will allow for an unprecedented and comprehensive dataset for all of Germany and portions of Central Europe.
(Source: Kashin and Ziblatt, 2012)