Project Funding and Economical Sustainability in Historical Research

If the Internet went down all historical software would cease to function, except for Microsoft Word. For an academic historian, a grant to build a high profile web-based project is likely the biggest pot of money he or she will ever receive during their career. That is, if they ever receive it, as few historians will even apply. Instead, most are content to work in a fashion relatively similar to the way they did before the Internet came along. They go to the archives, read books and manuscripts, and write up their findings. This is their tried and tested mode of research, with costs limited to a few new books now and again, a train ticket or two to get to the archives, and refreshments while they’re there.

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