Growth of ERNiE repertory

CORE Admin

The online ERNiE portal has passed a various millennial landmarks in the past year. The number of ERNiE articles online now stands at 1200, with an additional 200 currently being processed editorially for imminent online posting. The checklist of nationally-themed musical compositions has passed the 1000 mark (300 of its items also being accompanied by an online audio fragment). There are now 3000 historical monuments online, 500 architectural landmarks, 4000 paintings and 400 murals, and 1200 textual specimens of writing in verse or prose (discursive or fictional).

In addition, our 38,000-strong repertory of correspondence metadata will soon be strengthened by the addition of the voluminous and transnational letter-writing network of Hoffmann von Fallersleben (with the kind permission and cooperation of Dr Erika Poettgens and Waxmann Publishers). All of these materials allow also for an online visualization of their diffusion across space and time.

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SPIN thanks its painstaking data-entry and research assistants for making ERNiE, not just a thorough and illuminating analytical encyclopedia but also a representative and comprehensive multimedia portal for the cultural repertoire of nationalism.

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