Perspectives on History – February 2012

February 2012 Perspectives on HistoryThe February 2012 issue of Perspectives online is now available. Some articles are gated, but can be accessed by AHA members after logging in to AHA online services.

Digital History
What does the digital age mean for history? AHA President William Cronon begins the February 2012 issue with his article, “Scholarly Authority in a Wikified World,” in which he describes how his initial skepticism about Wikipedia has now been replaced by recognition of how comprehensive and useful the online encyclopedia has become. He then calls upon historians to do their part in improving Wikipedia by contributing their expertise.

AHA Executive Director James Grossman stays focused on the digital landscape in his article “The Beckoning Horizon.” He considers “new challenges for the AHA in the digital age,” and invites readers to send in their thoughts.

American Historical Review
Robert A. Schneider, editor of the American Historical Review, summarizes the content of the February 2012 issue of the AHR, which includes Anthony Grafton’s presidential address: "The Republic of Letters in the American Colonies: Francis Daniel Pastorius Makes a Notebook."

The AHR also announces its new Best Digital Article prize competition and provides instructions on how to apply.

The 126th Annual Meeting
Look back at the AHA’s 126th annual meeting, which featured a large number of digital history sessions this year, in a retrospective by AHA staff. Then, learn more about this year’s Film Festival, and how you can obtain copies of all the films. Finally, meet the winners of the 2011 AHA Awards and read full citations of their works.

More
Read on in the February issue for articles on using sports to teach history, maritime history today, the National History Center’s series of annual meeting sessions on historians and journalists, and preserving history programs in Congress. Finally, we take a moment to remember the late Richard Greenleaf, Paula E. Hyman, David Montgomery, and Melvin Shefftz.

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