Richard Jensen

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Richard Jensen is an author from United States.

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Military History on the Electronic Frontier: Wikipedia Fights the War of 1812 War of 1812
Military history
Historiography
The Journal of Military History October 2012 Wikipedia is written by and for the benefit of highly motivated amateurs within an anarchistic structure resembling the American frontier. Edit wars resemble frontier shootouts, and are handled by kangaroo courts. Military history is one of its strengths, with over 130,000 articles supervised by 700 well-organized volunteers who prevent mischief and work on upgrading quality. Most authors ("editors") rely on free online sources and popular books, and generally ignore historiography and scholarly monographs and articles. The military articles are old-fashioned, with an emphasis on tactics, battles, and technology, and are weak on social and cultural dimensions. This essay examines how the 14,000 word article on the “War of 1812” was worked on by 2,400 different people, with no overall coordinator or plan. Debates raged as the 1812 article attracted over 3,300 comments by 627 of the most active editors. The main dispute was over who won the war. 0 0

"Military History on the Electronic Frontier: Wikipedia Fights the War of 1812," The Journal of Military History 76#4 (October 2012): 1165-82