What is Digital History?
What is Digital History?

Digital history is an emerging field that draws on digital technology and computational methods. A global enterprise that invites scholars worldwide to join forces, it presents exciting and novel ways we might explore, understand and represent the past.

Hannu Salmi provides the most compelling introduction to digital history to date. Beginning with an examination of the origins of the digital study of history, he goes on to discuss the question of how history exists in a digitized form. He introduces basic concepts and ideas in digital history, including databases and archives, interdisciplinarity and public engagement. Outlining the problems and methods in the study of big data, both textual and visual, particular attention is paid to the born-digital era: the contemporary age that exists primarily in digital form.

<i>What is Digital History?</i> is essential reading for students of history and other humanities fields, as well as anyone interested in how digitization and digital cultures are transforming the study of history.

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  • December 2020
  • 156 pages
  • 143 x 221 mm / 6 x 9 in
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About the Author
Hannu Salmi is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turku.
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‘We are all “digital historians” now, and by interrogating the origins and content of this emerging discipline, Hannu Salmi charts an intellectual landscape we must all navigate. What is Digital History? provides a sure guide and a welcome companion.’
Tim Hitchcock, Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab

‘I learned a great deal from this book. I appreciate its international coverage, and especially the range of examples described. It will be especially useful for introductory history courses where faculty seek to familiarize students with the breadth of online archives, and the scholarship that has been generated from them.’
Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University

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