History in the New Millennium

Dr. Popkin starts the chapter discussing how the internet has changes history in both a positive and negative way. With the internet and the world wide web information is easier to find, faster to share, and quicker to collect together. These each have a negative and positive feature. Whether the fear of plagiarizing to the ability to create new and easy to use databases the internet changed the field of study. Popkin then focuses on three new field of study in history: global history, deep history, and new biography. Global history we have seen before and Popkin discusses the idea of transnationalism and transnational migration which we have discussed profusely. Deep history is the study of humans as part of nature and how this begins not with words like most history but how our actions are part of greater study of life on Earth. New biography is the study of looking at particular people and using their life to illustrate larger themes that were happening. Mary Washington has a class that focuses on this called “Great Lives.” Popkin ends a section with the understanding that historians are not good at predicting the future but the future will be different in all primary functions of academic history.

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