Revealing Clio’s Secrets

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  • Title: Revealing Clio’s Secrets: The Case for Historical Macromeasurement
  • Author(s): Sean M. Clark
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review
  • Keywords: Hegemonic Transition, Population, Economic Size, War, Demographics, Millennia, Cliodynamics, Political Science, International Relations, History, Datasets
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 8
  • Year: 2009
  • ISSN: 1833-1882 (Print)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v04i08/52978
  • Citation: Clark, Sean M.. 2009. "Revealing Clio’s Secrets: The Case for Historical Macromeasurement." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review 4 (8): 101-114. doi:10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v04i08/52978.
  • Extent: 14 pages

Abstract

An excessive focus on methodological training and recent case studies has left political scientists woefully ignorant of work done by scholars in other fields, particularly that of economic historians and historical demographers. Most glaringly, political science has missed the emergence of ‘cliodynamics,’ or the novel attempt to fashion broad historical trends into consistently measurable data over great lengths of time. I therefore not only submit a comprehensive survey of the population, economy, and conflict research offered by historiographers, but also explain how this data can be harnessed by political science.