Robert C. Binkley was an American historian during the “Long Armistice” between the world wars. His ideas were influential in several areas:

  • European history: the Treaty of Versailles, and the rise of nationalism in the 19th century
  • Public history: how history should inform public life, and what this means for the writing of history
  • preservation of records: the problem of perishable paper, and solutions based on microfilming and other cheap technologies for reproduction
  • scholarly publishing: new possibilities based on near-print technologies
  • library and archival practice: integration of these technologies, and the issues they created, such as copyright
  • WPA projects for white-collar workers: the Historical Records Survey inventoried local records and indexed newspapers using unemployed clerical workers


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