The Power of Networks: Prospects of Historical Network Research, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Power of Networks

Prospects of Historical Network Research, 1st Edition

Edited by Florian Kerschbaumer, Linda von Keyserlingk, Martin Stark, Marten Düring


312 pages | 63 B/W Illus.

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The Power of Networks describes a typology of network-based research practices in the historical disciplines, ranging from the use of quantitative network analysis in cultural, economic, social or political history or religious studies, to novel approaches in the Digital Humanities.

Network data visualisations and calculations have proven to be useful tools for the analysis of mostly textual sources containing relational information, offering new perspectives on complex historical phenomena. Including case studies from antiquity to contemporary history, the book provides a clear demonstration of the opportunities historical network research (HNR) provides for historical studies. The examples presented within the pages of this volume are arranged in a way to highlight three central typological pillars of HNR: (re-)construction and analysis of historical networks; computational extraction of network data; and infrastructures for data collection and exploration.

The Power of Networks outlines the history and current state of research in HNR and points towards future research frontiers in the wake of new digital technologies. As such, the book should be essential reading for academics, students and practitioners with an interest in digital humanities, history, archaeology and religion.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. (Re-)construction of historical networks and their analysis

    1. Networking the Res Publica. Social Network Analysis and the Republican Rome

      Christian Rollinger

    2. Community detection and structural balance: network analytical modelling of political structures and actions in the Middle Ages

      Robert Gramsch-Stehfest

    3. Uses of Network Tools in Historical Sociology with a Case Study of Commercial Agreements and Social Dynamics in Medieval Lübeck

      Bernd Wurpts

  1. 4. Flemish Merchant Networks in Early Modern Seville. Approaches, Comparisons, and Methodical Considerations

    Eberhard Crailsheim

  2. 5. Kinship Networks in Northwestern German Rural Society (18th/19th Centuries)
  3. Christine Fertig

  4. 6. Mobility and Movements in Intellectual History: a Social Network Approach

    Christophe Verbruggen, Hans Blomme, Thomas D’Haeninck

3. Computational extraction of network data from large corpora

    1. Utilizing Historical Network Analysis on Meta-data to Model East German Foreign Intelligence Cycle in the Baltic Sea Region 1975-1989

      Kimmo Elo

    2. Social and semantic network analysis in the study of religions

      Frederik Elwert

4. Infrastructures for data collection and exploration

    1. Deep Networks as Associative Interfaces to Historical Research

      Charles van den Heuvel, Ingeborg van Vugt, Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels

    2. Networks as Gateways. Gleanings from Applications for the Exploration of Historical Data
  1. Marten Düring

5. Outlook

    1. Historical Network Research, Digital History, and Digital Humanities

      Malte Rehbein

About the Editors

Florian Kerschbaumer is project manager at the Danube University Krems and lecturer at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Linda von Keyserlingk is Curator and Head of the Document Department in the Military History Museum, Dresden, Germany.

Martin Stark is Senior Researcher at the ILS- Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund, Germany.

Marten Düring is Assistant Professor / Senior Research Scientist at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg.

About the Series

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities

Digital technologies are increasingly important to arts and humanities research, expanding the horizons of research methods in all aspects of data capture, investigation, analysis, modelling, presentation and dissemination. This series, one of the first and most highly regarded in the field, covers a wide range of disciplines and provides an authoritative reflection of the 'state of the art' in the application of computing and technology. The titles in this peer-reviewed series are critical reading not just for experts in digital humanities and technology issues, but for all scholars working in arts and humanities who need to understand the issues around digital research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General