December 04, 2006
By Elisabeth Grant & Robert Townsend
The Gutenberg-e program recently published two new publications that demonstrate some of the unique new ways history scholarship can be presented online. The new monographs are:
Advocating The Man: Masculinity, Organized Labor, and the Household in New York, 1800-1840 by Joshua R. Greenberg and The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard.
Greenberg’s book crosses the usual boundaries between social and cultural history, demonstrating “how working men’s lived domestic experiences notably shaped organized labor activities in early nineteenth-century New York and informed particular household-based responses to emerging systems of market capitalism.”
Lowengard’s book examines science and technology in eighteenth-century Europe through a focus on changing understandings of color. The online medium allows her to use a variety of different media to support her research, including a video that shows how light at different angles changes the color of shot silk (soie changeant), which was an exercise “often used in the eighteenth century to illustrate the relationship between light and color.”
If your institution subscribes to the Gutenberg-e program, those links should take you right to them. If it does not, you can sign up for a free trial of Gutenberg-e and gain complete access to all the works on the site for a limited time.
The program has now published 18 monographs online, in a joint effort of the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press, with the financial support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Between 1999 and 2004, distinguished panels of scholars from the AHA selected 36 high quality dissertations from many different fields and topics in history. Each prize recipient received a $20,000 fellowship to convert their dissertation into high-quality electronic monographs.