Posted on October 7, 2012
[Editor's note: This review is by a book by one of the three co-editors of this journal. It was selected for re-publication by the American editors.]
By Guido Koller
Review: Peter Haber, Digital Past, Geschichtswissenschaft im Digitalen Zeitalter, München 2011
“What happens to the science of history in the digital age”, Peter Haber, University of Basel, wants to know. His concern is primarily about three things: The origins of electronic data processing in the historical sciences, the changing of the organization of historical knowledge and the emerging of a new “workshop of the historian” (Marc Bloch).
With this questions, the author is a pioneer in the Swiss historical landscape. These days he is not (anymore) alone in this field of an emerging scientific practice – as can been seen with the activities of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences or the universities that begin to establish respective departments, for instance. But: If we can already speak of a digital turn in historical sciences, as the author does, seems still questionable, at least for the time being.
There is a brief overview of the key aspects in this book.
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Read the original post here. (Originally published September 13, 2012)