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What is Digital History?

Digital history is an approach to examining and representing the past that takes advantage of new communication technologies such as computers and the Web. It draws on essential features of the digital realm, such as databases, hypertextualization, and networks, to create and share historical knowledge.

Digital history complements other forms of history and acquires its strength and methodological rigour from this form of human understanding while also using the latest technology.


Rest in Peace Mr Mandela, you made the world a better place


Rosa Parks

On Dec. 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. In “The Politics of Children’s Literature,” Herbert Kohl deconstructs the myth of a meek and tired Rosa Parks and a spontaneous boycott. Students are invited to hear first hand accounts from Parks herself and are given a context for the community organized efforts and steadfast determination that was the reality of this well known but largely mis-represented chapter in the history of the civil rights movement. Here is Kohl’s article: and resources for teaching about the true story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Image: Rosa Parks at a desegregation workshop at Highlander Folk School in Tennessee in July of 1955 (six months before the boycott.) Also in photo: Septima Poinsette Clark, F.D. Patterson, C.H. Parrish. From the Civil Rights Digital Library:


75 years on: Irish ambassador’s “disgraceful” report on Kristallnacht exposed

Read this today and was truly appalled.

Shiraz Socialist

Above: the wreckage of a Jewish shop in Berlin, the day after Kristallnacht

From the Irish Times:

It took a month – and a pointed request from Dublin – for our man in Berlin to file a report on Kristallnacht, November 9th, 1938.

Now a Berlin synagogue destroyed 75 years ago in the so-called “Night of Broken Glass” is exhibiting Charles Bewley’s “disgraceful and unfathomable” report.

The 13-page document, condemning the “undesirables in the Jewish race”, is notorious in Irish diplomatic and academic circles. But a German curator expects it to cause “astonishment” when it goes on display for the first time on Monday in Berlin.

“That a diplomat let fly like this is singular, I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve read a lot of reports,” said Dr Christian Dirks, curator of the exhibition of diplomatic dispatches on the 1938 pogrom.

After years of official harassment…

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