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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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The Digital Past and the Digital Future

The Digital Past and the Digital Future

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Technology and the Historian

Adam Crymble

University of Illinois Press

This summary chapter outlines the three contributions this book makes to the state of scholarship. First, it revises the memory of technology’s relationship with historical studies, which was not a tangential movement but a central force in an evolving profession. Second, it argues that historians must choose their words more carefully, as “digital” has come to mean too many things. Clear conversations demand a more nuanced vocabulary, which this book provides. Third, this history has shown how important it is to understand regional differences in experience. The story is not the same in Canada as in the United States, or in Britain. Understanding the nuance between national stories is key to a strong profession able to communicate effectively across boundaries in an increasingly globalized world.

Keywords:   digital history, historical studies, technology, digital vocabulary, globalization

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