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Missing links: data stories from the archive of British settler colonial citizenship


Bagnall, KJ and Sherratt, T, Missing links: data stories from the archive of British settler colonial citizenship, Journal of World History, 32, (2) pp. 281-300. ISSN 1045-6007 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/jwh.2021.0025


Digitized sources and digital methods are changing the way that we do history. For historians of the British Empire, the digital age offers new possibilities for investigating the lives of those who moved around the empire and across the world. However, much discussion of the possibilities and problems of digital history have focused on the creation and use of full text resources, skipping over the analytical opportunities offered by the descriptive systems in which those texts are embedded. This article is an attempt to fill this gap by documenting a journey through archival data relating to nineteenth-century Chinese naturalization in the Pacific Rim settler colonies of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. We argue that such data stories are critical if we are to understand both possibilities and pitfalls of research in digital collections.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:naturalisation, citizenship, digital history, archives, British Empire
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Bagnall, KJ (Dr Kate Bagnall)
ID Code:141718
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2020-11-12
Last Modified:2022-10-03
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