Historical Social Research

Current Issue: Climate and Beyond

HSR Vol. 40 (2015) No. 2:
Special Issue: Climate and Beyond.

Andrea Westermann & Christian Rohr (Eds.): Climate and Beyond. Knowledge Production about the Earth as a Signpost of Social Change.

The recent historicization of today’s climate-related studies and concerns has been invigorating the history of the earth and environmental sciences. Much of the new work comes from environmental historians. In environmental history, the desire to learn more about society by analyzing its ‘other’ side – nature and the environment – has long been a driving force. Environmental historians often deal with the same topics as historians of the geosciences: the climate, rivers, oceans, mountains, the atmosphere, natural resources, or nuclear waste storage. In doing so, they very successfully extract the stories and images society has and creates of itself or the basic principles of its economic and political organization by examining a society’s relationship to its natural environment.

In a similar approach, this HSR Special Issue “Climate and Beyond” aims to explore the history of the earth sciences: What does the production of geoscientific knowledge tell us about the social world generating and demanding this knowledge? What can we learn about societies, their norms and collective mentalities from analyzing how people dealt with planet earth, its history, climate, surface patterns, or the mechanisms underlying its dynamic structure?

The collected articles suggest that environmental history and the history of the earth and environmental sciences are now converging in three fields of research: analyzing the politics of deep time, reconstructing the making of natural disaster knowledge, and exploring the national and transnational devices and strategies of earth governance established in the twentieth century.

Furthermore, this HSR contains a Mixed Issue.

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40.2 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

40.2 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Special Issue: Climate and Beyond. Knowledge Production about the Earth as a Signpost of Social Change
  • Andrea Westermann & Christian Rohr: Climate and Beyond. Knowledge Production about the Earth as a Signpost of Social Change. An Introduction. [Abstract]
  • Matthias Dörries: Politics, Geological Past, and the Future of the Earth. [Abstract]
  • Christoph Rosol: Hauling Data. Anthropocene Analogues, Paleoceanography and Missing Paradigm Shifts. [Abstract]
  • Bernhard C. Schär: Earth Scientists as Time Travelers and Agents of Colonial Conquest. Swiss Naturalists in the Dutch East Indies. [Abstract]
  • Lorena B. Valderrama: Seismic Forces and State Power: The Creation of the Chilean Seismological Service at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century. [Abstract]
  • Kerry Smith: Earthquake Prediction in Occupied Japan. [Abstract]
  • Brian Rumsey: From Flood Flows to Flood Maps: The Understanding of Flood Probabilities in the United States. [Abstract]
  • Andrea Westermann: Geology and World Politics: Mineral Resource Appraisals as Tools of Geopolitical Calculation, 1919-1939. [Abstract]
  • Perrin Selcer: Fabricating Unity: The FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World. [Abstract]
  • Christian Kehrt: Gondwana’s Promises. German Geologists in Antarctica between Basic Science and Resource Exploration in the Late 1970s. [Abstract]
  • Elena Aronova: Environmental Monitoring in the Making: From Surveying Nature’s Resources to Monitoring Nature’s Change. [Abstract]
  • Naomi Oreskes: How Earth Science Has Become a Social Science. [Abstract]
  • Ola Uhrqvist: One Model to Fit All? The Pursuit of Integrated Earth System Models in GAIM and AIMES. [Abstract]
Mixed Issue
  • Jørgen Møller, Alexander Schmotz & Svend-Erik Skaaning: Economic Crisis and Democratic Breakdown in the Interwar Years: A Reassessment [Abstract]
  • Paul Puschmann, Nina Van den Driessche, Per-Olof Grönberg, Bart Van de Putte & Koen Matthijs: From Outsiders to Insiders? Partner Choice and Marriage among Internal Migrants in Antwerp, Rotterdam & Stockholm. [Abstract]

40.1 - Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective

HSR Vol. 40 (2015) No. 1:
Special Issue: Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective.

Rainer Diaz-Bone, Claude Didry & Robert Salais (Eds.): Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective.

The institutional approach of economics of convention (in short, EC) has been established in France over the last three decades and since then received growing international recognition. From its beginnings, EC has introduced a pragmatic as well as a historical perspective on economic coordination and economic institutions. Also, EC has included law in its analysis from the start. EC conceives law not as an external constraint, but as internal to action and coordination open to interpretive and situational adoption by competent actors. Consequently, for the socio-historical analysis of law, EC analyzes the meaning of law from the standpoint of actors which rely in their coordination on conventions. This HSR Special Issue demonstrates that the approach of EC in the socio-historical analysis of law can be a real transdisciplinary alternative to approaches such as “Law & Economics” or economic neo-institutionalism.

Focus: Spaces – Objects – Knowledge.

Pascal Schillings & Alexander van Wickeren (Eds.): Spaces – Objects – Knowledge. An Integrative Perspective on Recent Turns in Historical Research

How could we create more complex images of historical processes of knowledge production? The answer that the contributions to this HSR Focus offer to this question is: By combining concepts that have until now frequently been applied separately. Integrating approaches suggested by the material as well as the spatial turn, the articles in this HSR Focus discuss three exemplary constellations in which new knowledge is generated: Objects producing spaces, objects circulating through different spaces, and musealized objects.

Furthermore, this HSR contains a Mixed Issue.

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40.1 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

40.1 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Special Issue: Law and Conventions from a Historical Perspective
  • Rainer Diaz-Bone, Claude Didry & Robert Salais: Conventionalist’s Perspectives on the Political Economy of Law. An Introduction. [Abstract]
  • Rainer Diaz-Bone: Institutionalist and Methodological Perspectives
    on Law – Contributions of the Economics of Convention
    . [Abstract]
  • Claude Didry: The Institutional Foundations of “Labor Conventions” in France between the Wars. [Abstract]
  • Christian Bessy: The Dynamics of Law and Conventions. [Abstract]
  • Michela Barbot: When the History of Property Rights Encounters the Economics of Convention. Some Open Questions Starting from European History. [Abstract]
  • Frédéric Marty: Towards an Economics of Convention-Based Approach of the European Competition Policy. [Abstract]
  • Edward Lorenz: Work Organization Conventions and the Declining Competitiveness of the British Shipbuilding Industry, 1930-1970. [Abstract]
  • Lisa Knoll: The Hidden Regulation of Carbon Markets. [Abstract]
  • Noel Whiteside: Who were the Unemployed? Conventions, Classifications and Social Security Law in Britain (1911-1934). [Abstract]
  • Simon Deakin: Juridical Ontology: The Evolution of Legal Form. [Abstract]
  • Robert Salais: Europe, Laboratory for A-Democracy?. [Abstract]
Focus: Spaces – Objects – Knowledge
  • Pascal Schillings & Alexander van Wickeren: Towards a Material and Spatial History of Knowledge Production: An Introduction. [Abstract]
  • Pascal Schillings: First at the South Pole. The Production of Geographical ‘Matters of Fact’ during the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-12. [Abstract]
  • Daniel Brandau: Demarcations in the Void: Early Satellites and the Making of Outer Space. [Abstract]
  • Esther Helena Arens: Flowerbeds and Hothouses: Botany, Gardens,
    and the Circulation of Knowledge in Things
    . [Abstract]
  • Anna Maerker: Towards a Comparative History of Touch and Spaces of Display: the Body as Epistemic Object. [Abstract]
  • Jakob Vogel: Stony Realms: Mineral Collections as Markers of Social, Cultural and Political Spaces in the 18th and Early 19th Century. [Abstract]
Mixed Issue
  • Maja Suderland: Die Sozioanalyse literarischer Texte als Methode der qualitativen Sozialforschung oder: Welche Wirklichkeit enthält Fiktion? [Abstract]
  • Hermann Wentker, Jörn Retterath, Sven Keller & Petra Weber: Mehrfachbesprechung Ulrich Herbert: Geschichte Deutschlands im 20. Jahrhundert, München. 2014. [Abstract]