Revealing Clio’s Secrets: The Case for Historical Macromeasurement

By Sean M. Clark.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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An excessive focus on methodological training and recent case studies has left political scientists woefully ignorant of work done by scholars in other fields, particularly that of economic historians and historical demographers. Most glaringly, political science has missed the emergence of ‘cliodynamics,’ or the novel attempt to fashion broad historical trends into consistently measurable data over great lengths of time. I therefore not only submit a comprehensive survey of the population, economy, and conflict research offered by historiographers, but also explain how this data can be harnessed by political science.

Keywords: Hegemonic Transition, Population, Economic Size, War, Demographics, Millennia, Cliodynamics, Political Science, International Relations, History, Datasets

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp.101-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.263MB).

Sean M. Clark

3rd Year PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, and International Relations Stream, Department of Political Science, Dalhouise University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sean Clark is a 3rd Year PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University and a Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. in International Studies) and the University of Toronto (M.A. in International Relations), Sean’s core area of interest regards the rise and fall of great powers. Before undertaking his PhD, Sean spent time volunteering with NGOs in Africa and South America, as well as working as a Policy Analyst with the Government of Nunavut. Currently, in addition to working on his dissertation, Sean teaches undergraduate courses in international relations, comparative politics, the evolution of war, and World Wars I and II.


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