It is clear even to the most casual observer of the historical profession that research practices are being gradually transformed by the digitization of archives and primary sources. So many new digital resources are being released—cabinet papers, parliamentary proceedings, sound recordings, photographic collections—that it is difficult to keep up with the riches available. One of the most useful of these developments for modern British historians is the digitization of a number of significant newspaper archives. Although there was once widespread scepticism about using newspapers because of their doubtful accuracy and their ephemeral nature, ever since the ‘cultural turn’ and the increasing scholarly interest in language, representation and meaning, there are few who deny the value of newspaper content for understanding politics, culture and society. In recent years, the main obstacles to the use of newspapers...

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