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Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte

Ed. by Altrichter, Helmut / Möller, Horst / Szöllösi-Janze, Margit / Wirsching, Andreas

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Volume 59, Issue 3

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Zeitgeschichte im digitalen Zeitalter. Neue und alte Herausforderungen

Kiran Klaus Patel
Published Online: 2011-07-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/vfzg.2011.0019

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Wer archiviert die SMS von Angela Merkel? Was geschieht mit dem E-Mail-Verkehr großer Unternehmen? Die Zeitgeschichte steht im digitalen Zeitalter vor vielen solchen Fragen und Herausforderungen. Die Quellen und nicht zuletzt ihre Verfügbarkeit ändern sich, neue methodische Zugriffe sind unabweisbar, ohne dass alte ihre Bedeutung verlieren. Die Zeitgeschichte steht vor einer Zeitenwende – und merkt es nicht, so der in Maastricht lehrende Historiker Kiran Klaus Patel in seinem Plädoyer für eine umfassende Debatte über die Grundlagen der Zeitgeschichte.

Abstract

Writing about contemporary history is facing new challenges in the digital age. The article sheds light on the practical implications for research resulting from the changes in source materials and the access to them. In view of technological innovations, changing cultural practices and new legal frameworks, it proposes that the current practice of contemporary history to advance by decades is outdated for the 21st century and also does not meet the necessary historiographical standards. While wittily written syntheses will be among the winners of the digital revolution, there has to be a rethink regarding the requirements of monographs written close to the sources. With its trenchant and provocative considerations, the article calls for a debate on a subject ignored by contemporary history for far too long.

Keywords: Zeitgeschichte im 21. Jahrhundert; E-Mail und Zeitgeschichte; Archive im digitalen Zeitalter

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Published Online: 2011-07-08

Published in Print: 2011-07-15


Citation Information: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, Volume 59, Issue 3, Pages 331–351, ISSN (Online) 2196-7121, ISSN (Print) 0042-5702, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/vfzg.2011.0019.

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