Recreating Revolutionary Cities: An Interview with Serena Zabin

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Molly Nebiolo,  a history PhD candidate at Northeastern University, interviews the creator of the video game Witness to the Revolution:

"More and more academics have turned to digital humanities to interrogate early modern history, which has led to an influx of 3D modeling projects of early urban spaces. Serena Zabin’s video game, Witness to the Revolution, is one great example. Set in 1770 Boston right after the Boston Massacre, the game investigates many historical questions that have stemmed from Zabin’s recent book, The Boston Massacre: A Family History. It has also served as a teaching and learning tool in her classes at Carleton College. As another academic trying to recreate colonial urban space using 3D modeling, I thought it would be insightful and inspiring to see how others have approached the task of visualizing the past. Here is the interview."

(Age of Revolutions, June 29, 2020,