Teaching in historical clothing helps to tell the story of how wider societal transitions affected the lives of ordinary people.
Taken together, the short essays gathered here point out the ways in which numbers and graphs constitute narratives, and insist that data’s stories are just as constructed as those found in words and novels.
Piketty invites us to take seriously the forms of value discussed and represented in literary texts, and to call into question the tendency to treat everything in purely quantitative economic terms.
If Piketty had turned to literary writing before Austen, he would have found a world teeming with the world-creating energies of overseas trade that economic historians take very seriously.
To speak of the imperfection and incompleteness of numerical data is, for Piketty, a way of speaking about the work of the economist.
Measuring Literature: Digital Humanities, Behavioral Economics, and the Problem of Data in Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century
As a literary scholar, I think we need to reevaluate . . . enthusiasm about Piketty’s use of literature as data.
Pourquoi Piketty? French Enlightenment and the American Reception of Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Piketty draws attention to the mystique surrounding economics, encapsulated in the notion that it is far too complex for the non-specialist to understand.
Steven K. Green demonstrates how easily the historical inventions of one era may become the historical facts of another.
After reading Van Engen’s iconoclastic work, it is difficult to remember why New England Calvinists are so often caricatured as cold and unfeeling.
Looking for connections between various reform movements, rather than examining them as distinct entities, can reveal surprising convergences.
The birth of a nation is not only or always a national story.
Although Puritans designed their service in direct opposition to the Catholic mass, its practitioners’ version of the Lord’s Supper had more in common with the mass than they wanted to admit.
After spending the summer of 1890 in Venice, the American painter Thomas Moran boarded a steamship with a seemingly odd (and cumbersome) souvenir.
Vikings—Scandinavian adventurers who expanded, as far east as the Ukraine and as far west as Greenland and coastal Newfoundland, between the eighth and eleventh centuries C.E.—deserve a more prominent place in early American history than they have yet garnered.
Constructing the Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD): An Invitation to Share and Use Data about Early America
As a profession, we are experiencing a generational shift, and much of the data created several decades ago has already been lost.
The lines between high and low culture were blurry in nineteenth-century America. Dime novels lacked critical acclaim, yet famous authors like Samuel Clemens readily drew from dime novel conventions.
Common-place talks with Christopher Cameron, author of To Plead Their Own Cause, about the chronology of abolition, the role of religion in the movement, and the importance of African-American voices in intellectual history.