Mapping the Republic of Letters

I’ve been remiss in leaving out an updated link to the excellent Mapping the Republic of Letters project that I’ve had the good fortune to take part in over this last year.  Led by Dan Edelstein and Paula Findlen and managed by Nicole Coleman, they’ve gathered an impressive list of collaborators both at Stanford and abroad, and have put together an enormous amount of information related to European intellectual history, ranging from the correspondence of Voltaire, Franklin, Vallisneri and Kircher to the travel patterns of Francesco Algarotti or 18th century Grand Tour participants.  Interestingly, the project has also resulted in a growing historical gazetteer of Europe, necessitated by the reference both in text and map to various places and placenames that are remarkably difficult to reconcile using traditional means.  Various permutations of this database, as well as the ability to interact with and analyze it, have been at the core of my work here in 2010.  It is an exemplary project in the digital humanities.

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