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The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast

Putnam, Lara (2014) The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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This working paper explores the consequences for historians' research practice of the twinned transnational and digital turns. The accelerating digitization of historians' sources (scholarly, periodical, and archival) and the radical shift in the granularity of access to information within them has radically changes historians' research practice. Yet this has incited remarkably little reflection regarding the consequences for individual projects or collective knowledge generation. What are the implications for international research in particular? This essay heralds the new kinds of historical knowledge-generation made possible by web access to digitized, text-searchable sources. It also attempts an accounting of all that we formerly, unwittingly, gained from the frictions inherent to international research in an analog world. What are the intellectual and political consequences of that which has been lost?


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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Status: Submitted
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Putnam, Laralep12@pitt.eduLEP12
Monograph Type: Working Paper
Date: February 2014
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: History
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: historical methodology, digital history, transnational turn
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Additional Information: The author welcomes comments about this working paper. Please be in touch by e-mail at
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 15:48
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:18

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