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Visualizing Modernity: Using Digital Techniques to Trace the Rise of Modernity

Collection launched: 07 Nov 2019
New digital techniques can be helpful in making more tangible the way modernity unfolded in Europe over a longer period of time. Modernization did not just manifest itself in technological advance or social differentiation. It also was, to a great extent, a discursive process that was about changing hierarchies and gender roles, about individualisation, about shifting mentalities; it embraced new attitudes, new reference points, and new symbols. The recent massive digitisation of historical textual material has provided humanities scholars with an extraordinary amount of new source material in which these discourses manifest themselves. The articles collected in this special issue demonstrate how digital historical scholarship based on these often massive digitised data sources can further the study of modernity.