James Ford Bell Library

Mapping Scandinavia: A "How to Do History" Class Project

One of the required courses for U of M History majors, HIST 3959 How to Do History, has traditionally been a focused on the methods and types of resources historians use to "do" history. For the Fall 2013 class, Professor Donna Gabaccia redirected the focus to how the digital world is changing the ways historians research, synthesize, and interact with history and historical resources. Using a variety of software and digital tools, students worked in groups to create a digital product for public dissemination.


One group, comprised of Sarah Bartell, Tyler Erickson, Christopher Haney, Brietta Nelson-Lindall, and Rayme Tindell, chose to research the ways in which cartographers depicted Scandinavia before the year 1600 CE. Under the supervision of graduate student Matt King and in collaboration with the Bell Library, these students produced a digital humanities project titled "Ignorance, Apathy, and Mystery: Mapping Scandinavia in the Premodern World."


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Mapping Scandinavia in the Premodern World

The software used to create this exhibit is an open source product called Timeline JS.

Detail from Olaus Magnus' 1539 map of Scandinavia

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