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Exploring World History Dissertations, Digitally

Northeastern University’s World History PhD program was founded in 1994. World History, in general, is a growing field, with only a few doctoral programs around the country. What distinguishes world history? It is merely a concern with the whole world, or a focus on theories like world systems? What could a deeper analysis into Northeastern’s […]

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Text Mining Northeastern University’s World History Dissertations

As I was exposed to more world history in class this semester, I continued to return to the same question: what separates empire history from world history? Does the ability of empire to lend itself as a bridge to world history explain its frequency? Is empire actually a topic of high frequency within world history? […]

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Visualizing Data

According to Theibault’s piece “Visualizations and Historical Arguments,” Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information is an influential work in regards to data visualization, exploring how best to represent information. The book relies heavily on the examples of visualizations provided throughout, such as Galileo’s visualizations of sunspots and dance notation. The most interesting aspect for me was the […]

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Digital Maps

Richard White’s piece “What is Spatial History,” provided a comprehensive overview of the field of spatial history, and the different variations of the practice. I thought it was useful and interesting when he elaborated how spatial history differs from normal historical practice. He posited the differences as: collaborative projects, main focus is on visualizations, these […]

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