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Comparative Historical Analysis (RSS00.09) - Closed

This one-week online course is built around "The Grammar of Time. A Toolkit for Comparative Historical Analysis" (Cambridge 2023). It introduces the key CHA tools, contrasts with conventional variance-based approach, and helps you to apply them to your problem-driven and hence most likely, historical projects.




    This course is closed, registration is no longer possible. 

    The course touches on five elements:

    1. Project based: CHA assists problem driven research and the course therefore contains daily exercises, group discussions that are aimed to apply the material to your research projects.
    2. Exploration and Description: Figuring out what happened is essential for identifying new research questions of updating existing ones. The course discusses exploratory strategies that emphasize description, typologizing and other tools for identifying patterns. These patterns then must be translated into research questions. 
    3. Data Visualization: CHA draws on various visualization strategies to make historical transformation visible. These strategies involve developmental typologies, periodizations, time series trends, tree diagrams, chronologies, or other data visualization tools. 
    4. Temporal Thinking: Problem-driven research often is historical because it is driven by sudden changes (i.e. economic crisis, pandemics, wars) or slower moving trends (i.e. demographic, cultural). CHA employs a refined temporal vocabulary to adequately describe historical processes and cope with the causal complexity that is necessary to explain these processes. 
    5. Theorizing: Theory plays a central role in CHA’s effort to cope with causal complexity. Theories facilitate are close dialogue between existing theories and new inductive insights. And this dialogue updates existing theories. CHA uses theories particularly to identify confounders that existing theories have overlooked. It also employs causal diagrams to translate theories into transparent data gathering strategies. 

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    Starting date

    10 June 2024, 9 am
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    10 June 2024, 9 am - 14 June 2024, 5 pm
    Marcus Kreuzer
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    This is an online course, which means that unfortunately the social activities of the Radboud Summer School do not apply to this course. In addition, the program will also differ from the weekly schedule published on the website. 2 weeks before the course starts you will be added to our online platform Brightspace, where the new times will be communicated.

    Marcus Kreuzer

    Marcus Kreuzer

    Marcus Kreuzer is professor of Political Science at Villanova University. He regularly teaches and publishes work related to CHA. His substantive work has focused on party development and democratization in interwar and post-communist Europe. 
    For more details please check his website: 


    This course is closed, registration is no longer possible. 



    • Regular: €699 (application deadline 1st of May)
    • Student & PhD's: €466 (application deadline 1st of May)

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    Level of participant: 

    • Master
    • PhD
    • Postdoc
    • Professional

    Admission requirements: There are no strict admissions requirements. CHA is an umbrella term for a broad range of historically informed strands in the social sciences. Ideally, students should be some familiarity with historically informed work in their field of study. It also helps if they have other attributes central to CHA: curiosity, commitment to careful reading, interest in theory, and frustration with the marginalization of history in much of contemporary social science.

    Admission documents: None