Historical Methods in the Social Sciences

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Edited by: John A. Hall & Joseph M. Bryant

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2005 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261934 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412903707 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261934 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Historical methods are at the foundation of research in the social sciences. This synthesizing and integrative project on the methodology of historical social science addresses programmatic objectives, interpretive principles, explanatory logic, and substantive applications to form a unique contribution to the field.

Historical Methods in the Social Sciences offers the broadest disciplinary coverage available - with contributions from prominent historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, economists, psychologists, and philosophers - and also features a deeper and broader interdisciplinary engagement with the most pressing issues of theory and method. By republishing many of the most seminal contributions in the field of historical social science, this four-volume set draws together some of the most illuminating reflections on historical-sociological research practices presently available, and should thus serve as an indispensable ...

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  • Introduction

    A compilation of the volume Introductions.

    Introduction to Volume I: Towards Integration and Unity in the Human Sciences: The Project of Historical Sociology
    JosephM.Bryant & JohnA.Hall

    No social study that does not come back to the problems of biography, of history and of their intersections within a society, has completed its intellectual journey.


    To entertain the idea that the diversity of custom across time and over space is not a mere matter of garb and appearance, of stage settings and comedic masques, is to entertain the idea that humanity is as various in its essence as it is in its expression.


    It is the guiding premise of this collection that the social sciences are, inherently and irreducibly, historical disciplines.1 And fundamentally so, for it is the transformative movement of ...

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