A luddite historians blog

Greetings one and all, and welcome to my first blog post for the fall 2011 iteration of the Clio Wired class at George Mason University! Perhaps the most provocative question that came out of our first class meeting last night was what exactly is digital history, and moreover, what sort of implications does it hold for the field in general?  This seems to be a sort of baseline question that one can refer back to during the course of the semester, but at the same time, it also a somewhat fundamentally different question then the one’s posited at the beginning of a semester (ex: is the American West a geographic region, or a process?). The answer seems to me to revolve, in part around the making of historical documents, settings, and events more accessible to the public and inviting them to share in the thrills of our discipline, but this is question that does not have one simple answer, or even one answer at all.  Therefore, until I have had more readings and discussion to provoke further thought on this question, I will not pretend to offer an answer.  Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment.


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