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Technology and the HistorianTransformations in the Digital Age$
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Adam Crymble

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043710

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043710.001.0001

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Technology and the Historian

Adam Crymble

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter argues that historians have a collective blind spot when it comes to the role of technology in their field’s development. This blind spot extends to many so-called digital scholars, whose preference for trying to define digital work, combined with a lack of knowledge of the history of technology and historical studies, has hampered conversations between digital and traditional scholarship. As historians increasingly work with computers, computers will increasingly exert their influence on the scholarly agenda, and so scholars must understand both the machine’s strengths and the limits it imposes, as well as how the field has tackled challenges in the past.

Keywords:   Technology, digital history, historical studies, traditional scholarship, computers, scholarly agenda

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