Big History: or the Curse of Storytelling in Human Knowledge

Apr 08, 15

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This article is the thematic introduction to a series on the future of quantification in history. To read the articles in the series click on the following links for part one, part two, part three, or part four.   Big Data is upon us, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Has Plato’s old dream of bias-free...

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Valiant Hearts, The Great War, and The Shaping of Historical Memory

Dec 10, 14

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The following is a guest post from Christopher Sawula an Early American Historian of Class, Society, and Culture. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama. You can find him @CGSaw on twitter. Valiant Hearts is the only war game I would ever teach students as a historical text. Focusing on the emotion and personal...

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The Microhistory of EVE Online

Feb 26, 14

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The largest battle in the history of EVE Online took place last month on January 27, 2014. EVE Online is a game built on war and destruction but this battle (dubbed the Bloodbath at B-R5RB) was so massive in scale that it caught the attention of mainstream media outlets like Forbes, BBC News and CBS News. Why such interest for a...

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Remembrance in Second World War Shooters

Jan 30, 14

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Leading up to the new Millennium, western countries rushed to recount the history of the 20th century in what  Jay Winter, one of the leading historians in the field of memory studies, has called the memory boom. During this time, the big conflicts of 20th century were remembered in public history. The Second World War, in...

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“No no no, that’s not the way it happened. Shall I start again?”

Jul 24, 12

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“No no no, that’s not the way it happened. Shall I start again?” If you are unfamiliar with this phrase you likely haven’t played the 2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. It’s a great platformer, but aside from that, I have always enjoyed this little narrative flourish in how the game deals...

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