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Processing the Past: Contesting Authorities in History and the Archives

Francis X. Blouin, Jr and William G. Rosenberg

Abstract

The worlds of historians and archivists used to converge around shared understandings of “authoritative” history. This book explores the dramatic changes that have split them apart. Written by an archivist and a historian for the general reader as well as specialists, it shows how shared notions of historical authority and the evidentiary power of archival documentation have given way to radically different approaches to processing the past. New historical thinking, new conceptions of archives, changing notions of historical authority, modifications in archival practices, and new information t ... More

Keywords: archives, documentation, digitization, access, authority, social memory, identity, archival politics, historical sources, subaltern, diplomatics, scientific history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740543.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francis X. Blouin, Jr, author
University of Michigan

William G. Rosenberg, author
University of Michigan
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