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- DescriptionIn these pathbreaking essays, Roy Rosenzweig charts the impact of new media on teaching, researching, preserving, presenting, and understanding history. Negotiating between the cyberenthusiasts who champion techlogical breakthroughs and the digital skeptics who fear the end of traditional humanistic scholarship, Rosenzweig re-envisions the practices and professional rites of academic historians while analyzing and advocating for the achievements of amateur historians. While he addresses the perils of doing history online, Rosenzweig eloquently identifies the promises of digital work, detailing invative strategies for powerful searches in primary and secondary sources, the increased opportunities for dialogue and debate, and, most of all, the unprecedented access afforded by the Internet. Rosenzweig draws attention to the opening up of the historical record to new voices, the availability of documents and narratives to new audiences, and the attractions of digital techlogies for new and diverse practitioners. Though he celebrates digital history's democratizing influences, Rosenzweig also argues that the future of the past in this digital age can only be ensured through the active resistance to efforts by corporations to control access and profit from the Web.
- Author BiographyRoy Rosenzweig (1950-2007) was professor of history and founder of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Author of several books, including The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life (with David Thelen), and director of digital history projects, such as History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web and the September 11th Digital Archive, he received the Richard W. Lyman Award (presented by the National Humanities Center and the Rockefeller Foundation) for outstanding achievement in the use of information technology to advance scholarship and teaching in the humanities.
- Author(s)Roy Rosenzweig
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication10/12/2010
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note15 illus.
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Introduction byAnthony Grafton
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