Most papers that show “history matters” try to convince us of some general theory of development from their very specific case study. We like our papers to tell us that the world is systematic and the forces of development are deterministic.
Judging by the paucity of papers that say so, however, we don’t like to hear that the world is complex and (sometimes) behaves in ways almost impossible to predict. Historians are more comfortable with the idea of “critical junctures”, and events that spin societies off in one direction or another.
http://www.tvhe.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/logo-for-enfold-photoshop.png 0 0 jamesz http://www.tvhe.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/logo-for-enfold-photoshop.png jamesz2013-03-29 05:10:022013-03-29 05:10:02Economists vs historians