Historical Social Research (HSR) 48 (2023), 1

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Historical Social Research (HSR) 48 (2023), 1
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Long-Term Processes in Human History

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Philip Jost Janssen, Knowledge Exchange & Outreach, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Long-Term Processes in Human History (ed. Johan Heilbron and Nico Wilterdink)

Studying long-term processes in human history has unmistakably returned to the scholarly agenda. While academic specialisation continues and a focus on current events may seem urgent, there is also a vivid need for reassessing and rethinking long-term processes on the global level. Inquiries into these processes have become a broad and multidisciplinary affair, which draws on various intellectual traditions across the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.

This HSR special issue, which is a tribute to the Dutch sociologist Johan Goudsblom, offers a challenging selection of contemporary scholarship. With contributions from some of the leading protagonists of new perspectives on the longue dureé, the articles purport to uncover regularities and underlying mechanisms in long-term social processes. They tackle problems ranging from long-term changes in family life, food markets, and the global state system to encompassing socio-ecological transformations in the very long run.

Covering a variety of topics and questions that can be approached with different time-scales and viewpoints, this field of investigation also offers the possibility of cooperation and theoretical synthesis beyond the boundaries of disciplines. Demonstrating the fruitfulness and relevance of perspectives on long-term processes in human history, the issue aims to show that studying these processes is indispensable for understanding the human condition, for the advancement of the social sciences, and for gaining insight into some of the most pressing problems today.



Johan Heilbron & Nico Wilterdink
Studying Long-Term Processes in Human History.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.01

Stephen Mennell
Remembering Johan Goudsblom.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.02

Johan Goudsblom
Long-Term Processes in the History of Humanity.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.03

David Christian
The Trajectory of Human History.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.04

Nico Wilterdink
Goudsblom’s Law of Three Stages: The Global Spread of Socio-Cultural Traits in Human History.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.05

Nina Baur
Long-Term Processes as Obstacles Against the Fourth Ecological Transformation. Ecological Sustainability and the Spatial Arrangements of Food Markets.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.06

John R. McNeill
Bison, Elephants, and Sperm Whales: Keystone Species in the Industrial Revolution.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.07

Marina Fischer-Kowalski
On the Mutual Historical Dynamics of Societies’ Political Governance Systems and their Sources of Energy. The Approach of the Vienna School of Social Ecology.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.08

André Saramago
Dualism and Anti-Dualism in the Anthropocene: Process Sociology and Human/Nature Relations in the Great Evolution.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.09

Abram de Swaan
The Global Coordination Problem: Collective Action among Unequal States.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.10

Randall Collins
Sexual Revolutions and the Future of the Family.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.11

Johan Goudsblom
The Worm and the Clock: On the Genesis of a Global Time Regime.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.12

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