History a New Millennium


History a New Millennium

Chapter seven History in a New Millennium of Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography by Jeremy D. Popkin discusses how history is studied in the millennium. The chapter is broken into four sections, which are a historical controversy to end the millennium, history in the Internet era, history beyond the printed page, and new directions in historical scholarship. In a historical controversy to tend the millennium Popkin examines controversies of historical claims in which he looks at a court case that focuses on historical evidence of the Holocaust. This case shows the controversy of history being used to create false representations of the past and that historians have an obligation to follow historical guidelines. The second section, history in the Internet era, focuses on how the growth of the Internet has transformed the ways historical knowledge is communicated. Popkin shows how computers has changed how historians and history teachers do their work, but explains that history online can create a problem of plagiarism due to increased access. The third section, history beyond the printed page, goes on to discuss the increase prominence of nontextual representations of the past through the popularity of historical films, graphic art and video games. He shows how these nontextual representations raise issues of how people understand history. The final section, new directions in historical scholarship, examines how global history has been closely emphasized on as well as its relationship to transnational history. He ends by discussing the history of memory and its growth in present day society by bringing historians together to present difference perspectives of the past in new ways for school textbooks.

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