Reflections on an Old “New History” Quantitative Social Science History in Postmodern Middle Age

  title={Reflections on an Old “New History” Quantitative Social Science History in Postmodern Middle Age},
  author={Eric Anthony Johnson},
  journal={Central European History},
  pages={408 - 426}
  • E. Johnson
  • Published 1 September 1989
  • History
  • Central European History
Not very long ago quantitative historians were on the offensive. Only a decade back the eminent “Annales School” French historian Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie stated in the English language translation of a work he had published a decade earlier in his native language that “tomorrow's historian will have to be able to program a computer in order to survive,” and that “history that is not quantifiable cannot claim to be scientific.” In America, where even more champions of quantitative work resided… 
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