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Renaming the Great War

Friday 11 November 2011

This is a fitting day to mention some clever projects that Tim Sherrat has done to extract and process information from a mass of digital data. He describes in his blog how he worked with the Trove archive of Australian newspapers to see when people stop­ped talking about the Great War and started talking about the First World War. He discussed a wider range of work concerning the Great War in a keynote address.

Graph of occurrences of the phrases Great War and First World War (and its variants) in Australian newspapers in the period 1900-1950, showing that the latter overtook the former around 1941.

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