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11949859501893671626open_book_01svgmedDaniel J. Cohen, Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History. A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web [Link]

This is a nice little introduction to all the basics of the digital age, mostly intended for an audience of historians. For me the book has a lot of redundancies as I grew up with the Internet already in place, but most likely someone not as used to the web as I am might find certain points in it very useful. Even though I am a child of the digital age some hints and tips were very interesting. I found especially the parts in which the discussed the use of advertisement for a historic website very illuminating. I think the key here is to know that if you don’t advertise a website for no other reason than it being inappropriate to your status as a historian, then nobody will find you and use your theses either.

William J. Turkel, Alan Mac Eachern, The Programming Historian [Link]

This book (a work in progress) is a fascinating introduction into programming (mostly Python) by and for historians. Python might be the best way to learn this as it is supposed to be a rather logical and easy-to-learn language with huge user base all over the world. The examples used in this book are therefore mostly geared to historians and other majors of the liberal arts. And as it has instructions to every common way of using it (whether you are on a Windows, Linux, or Macintosh computer) it also gives a very broad introduction in all the most possible user situations when using this.

Edward C. Harris, Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy, 2nd Ed. [Link]

Principles of Archeological Stratigraphy is one of those books which had a deep impact on their r espective sciences, whithout other fields noticing this too much. Indeed even nowadays in some parts of the world people can not really get used to using stratigraphy when digging. Still, in the rest of the world the introduction of the Harris Matrix helped a lot in gaining a more profound understanding of the past. Luckily Dr. Harris decided to put up the book for free on his website. Be warned though: It might be a tad unreadable. It is a very theoretic work.

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Written by G. Neuner

12. January 2009 at 2:39 pm

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