Abstract

The recent surge in computing power and access to data-processing software and online resources enables historians to capture historical statistics on a much larger scale than before. The data revolution—encompassing unprecedented advances in data transcription, augmentation, and collaboration—is especially valuable for studying the history of regions where written records are scarce, such as sub-Saharan Africa. The digitization of large numbers of colonial and postcolonial records offers much promise for a greater understanding of Africa’s economic past.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9169
Print ISSN
0022-1953
Pages
pp. 193-212
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-06
Open Access
No
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