The Peril and Promise of Historians as Data Creators: Perspective, Structure, and the Problem of Representation

[This is a working draft of a chapter in progress for an edited collection.] Data-Driven History Digital historians are well-familiar with notion that the larger community of historians generally has been skeptical of and cautious about data-driven scholarship. The controversies surrounding Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman’s 1974 work, Time on the Cross: the Economics of American …

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