Few graduate students today have ever encountered a card catalog. Relying on the Internet to search library resources, examine archival collections, or read journal articles has become commonplace. With the very important exception of on-site research in physical archives of manuscript material, when it comes to accessing the past—and, yes, assessing it as well—our historical practice is universally digitized.

Nevertheless, the book and the journal article, and in the public sphere the museum, remain the primary media through which historians present their research, advance their interpretations, and craft their arguments with other scholars and paradigms. That’s why half of each issue of this journal continues to be taken up with reviews of books.

For now. However, as anyone who scans the Internet is surely aware, more...

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