Broadstreet Does Thanksgiving, 2021

Here at Broadstreet, we hope that all our readers are having a restful, safe, and/or productive holiday break! To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ve decided to highlight historical dishes from the archives — ones that might inspire your cooking adventures this week. More specifically, one particular flavorful source of archival data has been collected by … Continue reading Broadstreet Does Thanksgiving, 2021

Memory Lane

There’s a new paper by Gethin, Martínez-Toledano, and Piketty in the QJE that’s worth discussing, entitled “Brahmin Left versus Merchant right: Changing Political Cleavages in 21 Western Democracies, 1948-2020.” The paper uses a comprehensive electoral dataset to study class voting in 21 democracies, between 1948 and 2020 (and it’s worth noting that this paper is a … Continue reading Memory Lane

The Persistence of Historical Persistence

Today I’m going to talk about an annual review that Tom Pepinsky and I are doing, on historical persistence! We have a draft up on SSRN (comments welcome!), but I’ll discuss some of the highlights here — Broadstreet readers might be particularly interested in the recent publication statistics for historical persistence papers. Tom and I … Continue reading The Persistence of Historical Persistence

Finding Historical Data IV: A Post with Cool Maps

Update: Thanks to our enthusiastic readers, I've update the post to include a new paper on Economic Maps, and a great data viz using WWII maps from the LOC (that was made after seeing this post!) When we think of collecting data from archives, we are typically thinking of collecting data from books that are … Continue reading Finding Historical Data IV: A Post with Cool Maps

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Laughing violinist

Interdisciplinary work can be great. In particular, HPE scholars should take note of advances in the digital humanities, which are combining tools like machine learning to analyze large corpuses of text-as-data and images-as-data. The ability to draw on new types of historical sources, across fields, is exciting.  But often the best work in interdisciplinary studies … Continue reading Do you trust this post?