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I was warned repeatedly by members of my program that I wouldn t get much out of this book reading it outside the context of the course given by the author Happily, I find that they were wrong I had the impression that many of them found it heavily theoretical, and that the theory madesense when explained step by step, rather than when taken in at once, but I m not certain if this was the issue At any rate, compared to the kinds of theory I m accustomed to in social science, this was ea I was warned repeatedly by members of my program that I wouldn t get much out of this book reading it outside the context of the course given by the author Happily, I find that they were wrong I had the impression that many of them found it heavily theoretical, and that the theory madesense when explained step by step, rather than when taken in at once, but I m not certain if this was the issue At any rate, compared to the kinds of theory I m accustomed to in social science, this was easily understood and digestible on the first reading, even if language issues mar the first chapter especially Diplomatics is a science developed by archivists in the context of examining documents and has nothing whatever to do with diplomacy, with which it shares a linguistic root As Duranti defines it, it is the discipline which studies the genesis, forms, and transmission of archival documents, and their relationship with the facts represented in them and with their creator, in order to identify, evaluate, and communicate their true nature Diplomatics was originally developed in the study of medieval documents, and Duranti wrote this as the first English language manual on its use for modern documents What I particularly appreciated as a historian was the way in which she was able to contextualize documents in terms of the processes that generate them and the transactions which they specifically record In short, Duranti presents the document in its context as an action verb , as a ding an sich noun While the book didn t strike me as being heavy on theory, I will admit that there were sections that seemed to bog down in detailed descriptions or lengthy defenses of diplomatics, rather than in practical examples of how to use it If I were assigning this book, I would probably have students read chapters 1, 4, and 5 which are the most immediately applicable , and only use selections from 2,3, and 6 Nevertheless, I look forward to taking the class and possibly reevaluating the book this Fall `Download Book ⇤ Diplomatics: New Uses for an Old Science ↶ Diplomatics was originally developed in France during the seventeenth century in attempts to prove the authenticity of archival documents It was later refined in European universities as a legal, historical, and philological discipline, and in the twentieth century it has primarily been applied to medieval and early modern documents in order to evaluate their authority as sources of research Diplomatics embraces the perspective of the modern archivist, and investigates the origin, development, and application of diplomatic concepts It examines the organizational and evaluative effectiveness of diplomatic concepts in the context of modern records and archival systems, and looks at the relationship between originality and authenticity in records The physical and intellectual form of records is examined, and the traditional methodology of diplomatic criticism is clearly explained and augmented by tips concerning its archival use Diplomatics was originally a series of six articles that appeared in Archivaria, the journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists In addition to those six articles, this volume contains an introduction that provides a broad synopsis of diplomatics, including its unused potential to help rethink record organization and use in a multimedia age fraught with increasingly complex informational problems