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Title: The evolution and present structure of central-places in North-East Scotland
Author: Paddison, R.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1969
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The principal aim of the research has been to trace the spatial evolution of the central place structure off North-East Scotland, beginning in Chapter II in the twelfth Century with the creation of royal burghs within the region. Chapter I introduces the region and the concept of the central place system employing General Systems Theory to give a broad overview of the historical development. Quoting contemporary examples, the spatial insqualities resulting from the erection of the free burghs with their monopolistic trading privileges are outlined as contrast to the structure that emerged after the relaxing of some of the royal burgh privileges in the seventeenth century. A detailed analysis of the central place structure of Aberdeenshire in 1695 is made from the Poll Book record. The final major theme in the historical section is devoted to the analyis of change and adaptation in the structure of central places coincident with the technological and economic changes of the nineteenth century. From the historical analysis, a principal conclusion is that transportation is a vital factor to the central place structure; thus to provide the link between the historical and present-day sections, Chapter VI discusses the changes in the pattern of accessibility, particularly since the 1930's. The greater opportunity for consumer travel has led to more complex patterns of allegiance. By means of questionnaires the present-day central place structure is examined while in the final chapter, case studies of hinterland delimination, both the deterministic and probabilistic methods, are outlined.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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