Natural Experiments Of History (eBook)
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In eight case studies by leading scholars in history, archaeology, business, economics, geography, and political science, the authors showcase the "e;natural experiment"e; or "e;comparative method"e;-well-known in any science concerned with the past-on the discipline of human history. That means, according to the editors, "e;comparing, preferably quantitatively and aided by statistical analyses, different systems that are similar in many respects, but that differ with respect to the factors whose influence one wishes to study."e; The case studies in the book support two overall conclusions about the study of human history: First, historical comparisons have the potential for yielding insights that cannot be extracted from a single case study alone. Second, insofar as is possible, when one proposes a conclusion, one may be able to strengthen one's conclusion by gathering quantitative evidence (or at least ranking one's outcomes from big to small), and then by testing the conclusion's validity statistically.