Getting Started: Digital History Reading Lists

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If anything came out of our discussion at THATCamp Prime today, one idea was that digital historians need to be proactive about seeking out their own community. So I’d like to jump right in on asking the DigHist community for help.

This year, I’ll need to formulate reading lists for each of my exam fields for my PhD in history from Northeastern University. My prospective fields are (1) USA from Revolution to Civil War; (2) the Atlantic World; and (3) digital history. I’ve been encouraged to pioneer the digital history field by several of my professors, but unfortunately, they don’t know the field well enough to come up with a reading list. So here’s where the community could be of great help to this graduate student: by suggesting key texts (be they books, articles, blog posts, projects, whatever) that you would include on a digital history reading list for an exam.

I’ve already got the basics, such as Cohen and Rosenzweig, etc. You can see my Zotero library and join the group here: https://www.zotero.org/groups/digital_history_reading_list. Please add your favorite digital history texts to the Zotero library, if you’d like, or simply add ideas in the comments section of this post. I hope that this list will also turn into a good general reading list about digital history for anyone to use.