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Category: Historical Network Research Bibliography

Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow… (2)

Today we’re going to swamp you with some more SNA shizzle. Before you raise your arms to our Lord Almighty in suicidal despair: No more general knock-you-out SNA theory, this time we’re giving you the real stuff, the stuff that gets us buzzing: historical network analysis. First things first: why historical network analysis you ask? It’s true, we’ve met our fair share of historians who confess that the reason they chose for or stumbled into a career that focuses on the past was, not the hope that a time machine would be invented in the near future and would teleport them to their beloved era (although we are true believers ourselves, obviously), but their irrational fear of math, no, generally all things even remotely numerical. Balderdash, we say, numbers are fun! For example: how many Harry Potter books are there? Seven. Way to little if you ask us! How many movies? Only 8! Why not a Hobbitsy-like 21?? (That’s 7 books x 3 movies, you pipsqueak) Anywho, the following three articles argue why we should be using network analysis. The last one’s actually geared toward archaeologists, but, all rivalry aside, we should give them credit for discovering SNA first, and besides, it’s a nice and clear paper, and we’re not the snobby kind. Why do historical network analysis? Formal Network Methods in History: Why and How? by Claire Lemercier (in: G. Fertig, Social Networks, Political Institutions and Rural Societies 2010). Netwerkanalyse in den Geschichtswissenschaften. Historische Netzwerkanalyse als Methode für die…

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