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Promises and problems of quantitative research in Central European history

Probleme und Möglichkeiten quantitativer Forschungen in der deutschen Geschichte
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Jarausch, Konrad H.

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Abstract "In spite of a grand tradition of statistical analysis in the last decades of the 19th century, quantitative methods spread more slowly among German historians than among their French or British colleagues who were interested in the structural approach of the Annales or in family demography. This essay describes the organizational efforts of Quantum in Germany and of the quantitative methods committee of the Conference Group for German History in the United States. Moreover, it contrasts the results of a German and American survey of the use of these methods, noting considerable differences between the two contexts in subject matter and interpretation. The article aimed at convincing reluctant scholars to make use of quantification and to progress to more sophisticated statistical analyses wherever interpretative questions demand it. The piece is therefore a document of the initial enthusiasm for the potential of a new research method." (author's abstract)
Keywords contemporary history; science of history; transnationalization; Central Europe; historical analysis; quantitative method; Federal Republic of Germany; France; Great Britain; international cooperation; United States of America; statistical analysis; statistical method; empirical research; essay; research facility; Europe; North America
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 115-124
Journal Historical Social Research, Supplement (2012) 24
Issue topic Contemporary history as transatlantic project: the German problem 1960-2010
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works