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Author: Samuel Clark

In the wealth of methodological literature that has been written on comparative history in recent decades there has been a noticeable absence of direct attention to the question of generalization. Several reasons can be given for this neglect. Unquestionably one is that comparative

In: Comparative Sociology

reference. Comparative history is profitably defined in terms of three parameters: chronological, geographical, and thematic. Which aspects of Kievan history in which regions in which centuries are compared makes all the difference in the world. A conclusion comparing similarities between one aspect of

In: Russian History
Perspectives in First World War Studies
This volume presents original research on the military, social and cultural history of the First World War. Inspired by the reinvigoration of this subject area in the last decade, its chapters explore the stresses of waging a war, whose “totalizing logic” issued formidable challenges to communities, accounted for the pervasion of the conflict into the private sphere, and brought about specific intellectual responses. Subjects included are race and gender relations, shellshock, civil-military relations, social mobilization and military discipline. It encompasses an unusually broad geographical range, including papers on Britain, France and Germany, but also Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria-Hungary and Latin America.
This collective undertaking will interest those who are dedicated to the comparative history of modern warfare.
Contributors include: Olivier Compagnon, Emmanuelle Cronier, Anne Duménil, Stefan Goebel, Hans-Georg Hofer, Jean-Yves LeNaour, Andre Loez, Jenny Macleod, Jessica Meyer, Michelle Moyd, Michael Neiberg, Tammy Proctor, Pierre Purseigle, Matthew Stibbe, Ismee Tames, Susanne Terwey.

Comparative History in Polynesia has been offered annually at vuw since 2000 and it tackles this problem, seeking to staircase students into a position where they can feel more confident about what they know about the Pacific’s diversity, rather than seeking refuge in the small patch of earth that their

In: Postcolonial Past & Present

Studies have witnessed a mas- sive production of books and articles on topics ranging from the theory of symbolic geography to the redefinition of the very notion of region. A similar "revolution" happened in the field of comparative history. While still way behind related fields such as comparative

In: East Central Europe
Author: Jürgen Kocka

East Central Europe 36 (2009) 12–19 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/187633009X411430 Comparative History: Methodology and Ethos Jürgen Kocka Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Berlin Abstract While it is necessary to distinguish between analytical

In: East Central Europe
Brill's Asian Studies E-Books Online, Collection 2014 is the electronic version of the book publication program of Brill in the field of Asian Studies in 2014.
Coverage: China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, History, Archeology, Sociology, Anthropology, Religion, Philosophy, Languages
This E-Book Collection is part of Brill's Asian Studies E-Books Online Collection.
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The Bibliography of the History and Archaeology of Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages is a fundamental source of information for the study of the history and archaeology of medieval East Central and Eastern Europe, an area of great interference and symbiosis of influences from Scandinavia, Western Europe, the steppe lands of Eurasia, as well as Byzantium. The bibliography provides comprehensive coverage of all publications, in all languages, pertaining to this vast area of the European continent and its impact on European history from about 500 to the aftermath of the Mongol invasion of 1241. The bibliography aims to encourage further research, but also to provide guidance through an enormous amount of information available in a variety of languages and a great multitude of publications. It offers search capabilities which are particularly useful for very narrowly defined research goals, thus encouraging comparative work with materials from other parts of Europe.

Key features
• Contains over 75,000 bibliographical records
• Updated annually, with approximately 1,000 to 2,000 new records added
• All titles in languages other than English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are translated into English
• Full browsing possibilities: the bibliography is browsable via filters, inlcuing publication date, format, language, and subject keywords
• Fully searchable: full text search, keyword search, author search, title search
• Over 5,000 keywords, covering geographical, chronological, and thematic categories, allowing both general and specific searches; unclear keywords are clarified by illustrations

Subjects included in the Bibliography of the History and Archaeology of Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages:
• history and art history
• archaeology, bioarchaeology, and zooarchaeology
• linguistics and philology
• paleography, epigraphy, and manuscript studies
• numismatics and sigillography
• climate history and paleobotany

Publication forms included in the Bibliography of the History and Archaeology of Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages:
• books (monographs)
• articles from journals, including e-journals
• chapters from edited volumes, including Festschriften and conference proceedings
• reviews and review articles
• bibliographies
• PhD dissertations and MA theses
• critical editions and translations of primary sources

"This Bibliography opens the door to a wealth of titles of articles and books dealing with the written and archaeological data for western Eurasian history from the Baltic, the Middle Danube and the Adriatic to Byzantium, the Urals and beyond. As one might expect from the editor’s track-record, a very wide range of materials has undergone judicious selection and characterization, particularly with reference to archaeological publications, for the period from c. 500 until the new order which the Mongols brought to much of Western Eurasia in the mid-thirteenth century. Keywords guide the novice further into the subject, step by step, while the specialist can zero in on the topic, technical term or author of their choice. Matters of literary, cultural or general history receive their due, and one can pursue such topics as Law and Liturgy in a Dalmatian city, the Rus Metropolitan Ilarion’s Sermon on Law and Grace, or the ritual goings-on at the Polish town of Gniezno in 1000 with equal ease. Given the fragmented and multilingual nature of the subject matter and the countless problems of interpretation raised by our all too scanty narrative sources, the navigation-aids provided in this Bibliography will be invaluable for students and scholars alike. The directions are given clearly enough to make sense even to a digital non-native (such as myself)."
Jonathan Shepard, University of Oxford.

"The Bibliography of the History and Archaeology of Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages is an essential tool for scholars interested in the history of the region. It offers a comprehensive list of more than 65,000 bibliographic entries in major western languages. In addition it brings also the vast production of historians and archaeologists published in local languages, usually unnoticed by western scholars. The bibliography is a modern, first-hand heuristic tool for anyone interested in medieval history and archaeology of East and East Central Europe. It is user friendly and provides thousands of entries fully classified by date and key words, including full bibliographical record."
Dusan Zupka, Comenius University, Bratislava.
Author: Hilde De Weerdt

This essay critically analyses the legacy of Eisenstadt’s The Political Systems of Empires for the comparative political history of preindustrial empires. It argues that Eisenstadt has given us a rich toolkit to conceptualize the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of empires by theorizing the structural relationships between social groups in large-scale polities and among such polities, and by analysing global patterns of development in the distribution of the sources of social power. The Political Systems of Empires provides an inventory of key questions and dynamics that a comparative history of power relationships in empires cannot ignore. This essay, furthermore, discusses three methodological problems in Eisenstadt’s work which have had a significant impact on comparative empire studies between the 1980s and the 2000s. The essay argues that certain shared features of comparative studies of pre-industrial empires help perpetuate Eurocentric analyses: the foregrounding of select empires and periods as ideal types (typicality), the focus on macro-historical structures and dynamics without the integration of social relationships and actions in historical conjunctures (the lack of scalability), and the search for convergence and divergence. These features need to be overcome to make Eisenstadt’s legacy viable for comparative political history.

In: Asian Review of World Histories