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    The Mainstreaming of Global Inequality, 1980–2020.Christian Olaf Christiansen - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (3):52-82.
    This article maps the conceptual history of global inequality from its marginal status in the 1980s, its minute mainstreaming within research and globalization discourse from the mid-1990s to the late 2000s, until its popularization, politicization, and “economization” in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, recession, and the publication of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century in 2014. Asking when, why, and how global inequality became a key concept, it draws upon quantitative and qualitative analysis of global inequality in (...)
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    From Empires of Nations to the Nation-State of Minorities.Wiktor Marzec - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (3):1-27.
    The aim of this article is to investigate the concept of minority up to the temporary stabilization of its meaning in Polish concluded in the adoption of the March constitution of 1921. The history of the concept of national minority bore an imprint on the accommodation to the new political, territorial, and discursive circumstances after transition from empire to nation-state. The idea itself was well anchored in the liberal tradition, but the nationalist right also took it on board to protect (...)
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    Generation Marx.Anson Rabinbach - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (3):83-88.
    Christina Morina, The Invention of Marxism: How an Idea Changed Everything (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023) 557 pp.
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    Desencanto in the Spanish Transition (1977–1982).David Beorlegui Zarranz - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (3):28-51.
    This article analyzes how the concept of desencanto (disenchantment) was framed within the political discourse of the Spanish democratic transition as a way of delegitimizing radical political actors and normalizing the realpolitik of elite consensus. Through an analysis of the ubiquitous mainstream press usage of the term between 1977 and 1982, I argue that the combination of emotional and temporal meanings assigned to the concept worked to reinforce the moderation exhibited by government positions. Desencanto represented the disappointment or sadness felt (...)
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    From Modern to Feudal.Federico Brusadelli - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):64-79.
    Using a special issue of the Chinese journal Gaizao published in 1921 as a starting point, this article intends to trace some conceptual articulations of federalism (lianbang) and self-government (zizhi) promoted by intellectuals and activists in early twentieth-century China. The analysis will show how Chinese federalists shaped their arguments through a series of historical and philosophical references, translating a prevalently “Western” concept into Chinese discourse, at the same time transplanting it into the traditional political debate and traditional historical narrative. Part (...)
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    Of Words, Change, and Transplantations.Federico Brusadelli, Anne Schmiedl & Phillip Grimberg - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):18-27.
    In 2008, Jin Guantao and Liu Qingfeng published the result of a decade-long work on conceptual transformation in late imperial and early Republican China. Their Studies in the History of Concepts (Guannian shi yanjiu) marked an important step in the development of conceptual history in China, after the timid tendencies of the early 1980s and the growing attention of the following two decades.
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    Koselleck's Dichotomies Revisited.Gabriel Entin - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):1-17.
    One of the characteristics of conceptual history as developed by Reinhart Koselleck is its relation with social history. This connection refers to a constitutive dichotomy of conceptual history between reality and language. In this article, I argue that in Koselleck's works, the meanings of conceptual history/social history and reality/language dichotomies are not evident, and I propose to explore them through an analysis of his methodological texts on historical writing from the 1980s. Furthermore, I suggest that these dichotomies function as a (...)
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    Investigating Antiquity.Phillip Grimberg - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):49-63.
    In China, antiquarianism or jinshixue, literally the “study of bronze and stone,” is first used to describe the activity of studying historical artifacts in texts of the eleventh century. The modern Chinese term for archaeology—kaoguxue, “investigating antiquity”—on the other hand, is a term borrowed from the title of a catalog of collectibles by Song scholar Lü Dalin (1046–1092). The aim of this article is to retrace the formation of the concept of archaeology that developed from antiquarian traditions to its reintroduction (...)
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    For the Environment, Against Bureaucracy.Martin Pettersson - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):104-124.
    The relationship between economic activity and environmental protection was hotly debated in Finland in the 1980s. Contemporaries conceived of themselves as existing on the verge of a knowledge society, and when rhetorically presenting contesting economic and ecological futures for this novel society, they used new, short-lived concepts. This article argues that one such concept, soft values, highlights a clash between futures. In one possible future, environmental equilibrium was a new model for economic activity, while in another, environmental protection would take (...)
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    Peerless Dulcinea, Love of God, and Shoah.Kirill Postoutenko - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):80-103.
    Building upon the extended notion of conceptual history as a diachronic study of conceptual interactions, the article begins with deconstructing the paradoxical semantic core of incomparability statements that, it is claimed, endows them with a capacity of stabilizing social semantics. By declaring certain foundational values—positive (Shoah) or negative (God)—“incomparable” and thus immune to the challenges of cross-evaluation, the users of discourse uphold the boundaries of civilized society. On a smaller scale, this exclusion of competitive valuation is undergirded by the ascription (...)
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    Enigmatic Concepts.Anne Schmiedl - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (2):28-48.
    In this article, I contribute to the understanding of conceptual boundaries in the Chinese context by discussing the rift between “old” and “new” concepts as well as “inside” and “outside” perspectives on these concepts. To address these problems, I analyze one aspect in the field of literature, the concept of riddle. My article shows that riddle is conceptually linked to folklore, orality, and play in modernity. It juxtaposes these observations with two different literary phenomena, yinyu and mi, and their conceptual (...)
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    Groping in the Dark.Jan Ifversen & Christoffer Kølvraa - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (1):1-23.
    While Reinhart Koselleck articulated the limits of conceptual history in relation to social history, and the limits of historiographical understanding in his discussion of the event, his thinking about the limits of the conceptual as such is harder to trace. However, a close reading of key texts where he discusses situations or events marked as “meaningless” or absurd, allows us to uncover both his ethics and analytics of the limit of meaning, of what we call “the ungraspable.” It is further (...)
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    Quantitative Conceptual History.Jani Marjanen - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (1):46-67.
    With the emergence of large digitized collections of historical texts, scholarship in the humanities has increasingly turned to studying texts as data. This article argues that seeing text as data is particularly apt for the study of conceptual history. The quantitative perspective allows for rethinking the analytical terminology used to study the transformation of political and social terminology. Further, quantitative conceptual history requires re-evaluation on four levels. First, it forces scholars of conceptual history to reconsider the role of reception in (...)
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    Can Koselleck Travel? Theory of History and the Problem of the Universal.Margrit Pernau - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (1):24-45.
    The methodology and theory developed by Koselleck has been successfully spread globally. Less attention has been devoted to reflections on the conditions and possibilities of universalizing his approach beyond the geographical area on the basis of which it was developed. This article proposes to reread Koselleck's three core contributions to the theory of history—the anthropological constants, the contemporaneity of the non-contemporaneous, and the Sattelzeit—from a postcolonial viewpoint. Empirically it is based on the history of the South Asian Muslims, exploring how (...)
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    From Wakīl to Numā’indah.Eve Tignol - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (1):68-94.
    This article explores the (contested) concept of political representation in Urdu during the colonial period to address “deceptive familiarities” and highlight multilingual and transnational influences on contemporary Indian Muslim claims. Drawing on official documents, letters, speeches, and newspapers from the late 1850s to 1919, it argues that the “politics of presence”—or descriptive representation—of “Old Party” leaders stemmed from their aristocratic concept of representation as trusteeship (wakālat). Despite changes in terminology, the concept was only challenged in the 1910s by the “Young (...)
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    Early Modern Terminology for Dialect.Raf Van Rooy & Alexander Maxwell - 2023 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 18 (1):95-118.
    When the language-dialect dichotomy first emerged in the early modern period, several scholars devised terminological alternatives, particularly for the subordinate lower half of the dichotomy. This article examines a series of terminological alternatives in their social and linguistic contexts, considering terms from the Romance, Germanic, and Slavic linguistic zones. Our case studies suggest that there were two main reasons for coining neologisms, or for devising new meanings for existing words. Some scholars sought terms with stronger pejorative connotations, others acted from (...)
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