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Quantitative Methods in the Humanities

An Introduction

Claire Lemercier (author) Claire Zalc (author)
Arthur Goldhammer (Translated by)

ISBN: 9780813942681

Publication Date: Jan 2019

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Offers advice and practical tips on how to build a dataset from historical sources and how to categorize it according to specific research questions. Drawing on examples from works in social, political, economic, and cultural history, the book presents a range of methods, including sampling, cross-tabulations, statistical tests, and regression.
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This timely and lucid guide is intended for students and scholars working on all historical periods and topics in the humanities and social sciences-especially for those who do not think of themselves as experts in quantification, "big data," or "digital humanities."

The authors reveal quantification to be a powerful and versatile tool, applicable to a myriad of materials from the past. Their book, accessible to complete beginners, offers detailed advice and practical tips on how to build a dataset from historical sources and how to categorize it according to specific research questions. Drawing on examples from works in social, political, economic, and cultural history, the book guides readers through a wide range of methods, including sampling, cross-tabulations, statistical tests, regression, factor analysis, network analysis, sequence analysis, event history analysis, geographical information systems, text analysis, and visualization. The requirements, advantages, and pitfalls of these techniques are presented in layperson's terms, avoiding mathematical terminology.

Conceived primarily for historians, the book will prove invaluable to other humanists, as well as to social scientists looking for a nontechnical introduction to quantitative methods. Covering the most recent techniques, in addition to others not often enough discussed, the book will also have much to offer to the most seasoned practitioners of quantification.
Illustrations 11 graphs, 10 tables
Pages 184
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2019
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Subject/s History of science   Digital lifestyle  
Claire Lemercier is Research Professor of History at the Center for the Sociology of Organizations, Paris.

Claire Zalc is Research Professor of History at the Institute for Early Modern and Modern History, Paris.

Arthur Goldhammer is an affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and a member of the editorial board of French Politics, Culture, and Society.

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