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Timing History: The Introduction of Graphical Analysis in 19th Century British Economics
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines
The introduction of time-series graphs into British economics in the 19th century depended on the « timing » of history. This involved reconceptualizing history into events which were both comparable and measurable and standardized by time unit. Yet classical economists in Britain in the early 19th century viewed history as a set of heterogenous and complex events and statistical tables as giving unrelated facts. Both these attitudes had to be broken down before time-series graphs could be brought into use for revealing regularities in economic events by the century's end.
time graphs, history of statistics, causation in history, 19th century british economics
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