Department of History
HH building, room 136
Tel 519 888-4567 x 43328
Fax 519 746-2658
With online Web content constantly and rapidly disappearing, any scholar wanting to mine that resource relies heavily on someone archiving it. However, the archived Web is a peculiar type of historical document, and archiving it as a research object must be approached differently than other digital media.
Beginning in the thirteenth century, natural forces cooled Earth’s climate in a “Little Ice Age” that reached its chilliest point in the seventeenth century and, according to many scholars, destabilized societies around the world. Yet the precocious economy, unusual environment, and dynamic intellectual culture of the Dutch Republic in its seventeenth-century Golden Age allowed it to thrive as neighbouring societies unravelled.