“History in a New Millennium”

“History in a New Millennium”

“History in a New Millennium” begins with a public court case following the end of the millennium that involved the evidence regarding the Holocaust. The court case called into question the integrity and reliability of historical scholarship and evidence in distinguishing the truths of the past. The reading goes through multiple examples of where integrity of different historian’s works were questioned. Some of the examples include: plagiarism and false quantitative and qualitative evidence which has had a strong negative impact on the historical profession by undermining the reliability of historian’s basic work. The reading then discusses the tremendous impact the internet has had in the new millennium in the fields of historical research. Internet has had an effect on the teaching of history as well as the research opportunities behind it as well. Some of the examples mentioned are the different accesses to various forms of historical evidence just beyond the written and printed word like films, art and museums. Lastly, the reading finishes with the emphasis on global history and the effects of memory on historical approaches.

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