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1,261 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 17 years ago by kyry

Given that the sum total of recorded history is increasing, do you think historians of the future will specialise more or less than now?

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 9:56:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hope they will specialize more anyway. I mean, history is so interesting, I doubt they would be able to resist!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 9:59:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Historians of the future will focus on debumking historians from the past.

As these is so much information on the present historians have been uspurded in recording contemporary history.

They will just have to wait until people can't remember before they start postulating.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 12:34:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
more - I am sure of it.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 11/20/03 - 9:23:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
They will specialize more...the trend is already going that way.

Plus, in general, don't you think everyone is becoming more and more specialized in their jobs and careers?

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 11/22/03 - 9:53:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it's already increasing, then it probably will increase more.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 11/23/03 - 12:47:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
They'll probably have to. As it is, historians are starting to specialize in freakishly narrow categories.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 11/24/03 - 1:19:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Computers are the historians of the future.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 11/24/03 - 11:06:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think they'll definetely specialise more...its only natural that if things expand you expand with them...
they'll need more people to cover different parts of history...
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 11/24/03 - 11:07:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
i agree with dogspit to a point...i think computers are going to play a bigger role then they have been so far...
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/03 - 9:20:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
The correct answer is..."who gives a sh*t"
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 12/6/03 - 12:26:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
dogspit is right everything is archieved on computers now, so that would be the ultimate source for historical information historians would still try find out more to backup this info further
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 4/17/04 - 2:54:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
increased specialisation is the current trend, and i don't see any reason that will change with the increase in primary source material...

(says the guy who is spending the next 3 years of his life studying land tenure issues in former monastic precincts in the city of london from 1540 to 1642)

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 4/20/04 - 6:43:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 4/20/04 - 6:54:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
Historians have to specialize more as time goes on; I don't think this is really debatable. We basically can cover anything since the beginning of recorded history, and the very broad surveys have already been completed. Most of the smaller specializations have also already been beaten to death.

Most historians do work that focuses on a very narrow topic - Both for the sake of doing original research, and because it's very difficult to do a thorough study of a broad topic.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 5/28/04 - 10:47:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is too obvious a question.

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