The Iraq War: A Historiography of Wikipedia Changelogs is a 12-volume set of printed books that shows every change made to the English Wikipedia article on the Iraq Warfrom December 2004 to November 2009 and represents 12,000 changes in 7,000 printed pages. The books are an artistic visualization of the changes made to a particular article at Wikipedia. Only one copy was made, in 2010, so the set has not been published and was not intended for sale. [1] The author has stated that the books have been exhibited in galleries in the United States and in Europe. [2]


James Bridle . The work is a historiography compiled by James Bridle . Wikipedia article on the Iraq war, including arguments, opinions and vandalism. [3] The work of the editing process for an article and the process of creation, which includes the opinions and biases of many contributors. [4]

The author has his book as a demonstration of the process of making history. He says:

Detail of a page
It’s [Wikipedia] not only a resource for collating all human knowledge, but a framework for understanding how this knowledge comes to be and to be understood; What was allowed to stand and what was not; what we agree on, and what we can not … [5] Everything shoulds-have a history button. We need to talk about historiography, to face this process, to challenge absolutist narratives of the past, and thus, those of the present and our future. [6]

The project encourages viewers to think of editing contributions and the collections of commentary and disagreement as part of the historical record. [7] It is also an exploration of how recent contributions to various media supplant older contributions and what content may be lost when scholars have access to the latest publications. [8] Bridle has stated that, in spite of the history of this article, it is the most interesting and enlightening part of Wikipedia. [9]


Wikipedia means to historiography. ” A reviewer for The Atlantic said that Bridle’s explanation of the work” is a beautiful meditation on what Wikipedia means to historiography “. [10] A reviewer for Time as a fascinating visual aid. [1] The review in ReadWriteWeb was “pretty awesome”. [11]

See also

  • Bibliography of Wikipedia


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Jones, Nate (September 7, 2010). “Wikipedia Entry on Iraq War Turned Into Actual Encyclopedia” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  2. Jump up^ Bridle, James. “Iraq War Wikihistoriography” . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ Geere, Duncan (8 September 2010). “Which Wikipedia page has 12 volumes worth of edits?” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ Bilton, Nick (September 9, 2010). “The Story Behind a Wikipedia Entry –” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ Bridle, James (6 September 2010). “On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ Cole, Stryker (8 September 2010). “On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  7. Jump up^ Price, Andrew (16 September 2010). “An Encyclopedia of Everything to the Iraq War Wikipedia Entry” . Good . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ dConstruct Conference organizer (3 September 2010). “The Value of Ruins – conference introduction” . . Retrieved 1 July 2012 .
  9. Jump up^ Bridle, James (January 15, 2011). “James Bridle on Wikipedia’s 10th Anniversary” . . Retrieved 1 July 2012 .
  10. Jump up^ Madrigal, Alexis (September 17, 2010). “A Book Made from Wikipedia Edited to the ‘Iraq War’ Entry” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .
  11. Jump up^ Kirkpatrick, Marshall (7 September 2010). “Archiving Iraq: One Wikipedia Entry’s Edit Wars, Printed in 12 Volumes” . . Retrieved 28 June 2012 .

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