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


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Bagnall, KJ ORCID: 0000-0003-1426-7294 and Sherratt, T 2021 , 'Missing links: data stories from the archive of British settler colonial citizenship' , Journal of World History, vol. 32, no. 2 , pp. 1-23 .

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

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bagnall, KJ and Sherratt, T
Keywords: naturalisation, citizenship, digital history, archives, British Empire
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of World History
Publisher: Univ Hawaii Press
ISSN: 1045-6007
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