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Historical informatics

The "Digital Turn" in Historical Research: Long-term Trends
Garskova Irina Markovna

PhD in History

Assistant professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University

31-253, ul. Ramenki, g. Moscow, Russia, 119607





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The article studies the relationship of several areas associated with over 50 years that quantitative methods and information technologies in humanitarian and historical research have been in use. Firstly, it is historical information science, its structure and content, which have evolved in the domestic model of this interdisciplinary domain and “historical computing” and its specificity in the European model. Secondly, these are similar areas of general humanities. Thirdly, these are relatively new fields which are more popular in the West such as digital humanities and digital History. Having analyzed Russian and foreign historiography the author studies methodological, methodical and technological issues of the formation and development of these areas, their evolutionary stages and possible prospects for the future. The results of the analysis show the dominance of the general trends of these fields both in Russia and Europe at the initial stages and their divergence over the past 15 years which is caused by the differences in their subject areas and varying degree of influence exerted by quantitative history in the 1960s-1980s.

Keywords: digital technologies, information technologies, digital humanities, digital history, humanities computing, historical computing, quantitative history, computers in the humanities, historical information science, digital resources
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