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Histoire & Mesure explores the history of statistics and measurement practices, from antique surveying or medieval gauging to contemporary scientific instruments. It also publishes papers using statistical, formal or quantitative methods as a tool for historical research, whatever the period and theme studied. Far from being limited to economic or demographic history, the journal has always been open to cultural and political history, archeology, etc. Refusing to isolate methodology from history, it considers that a reflection on the construction of quantitative tools helps to make a better use of them.

Journal supported by the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales (CNRS).

Latest issue
XXXVII-1 | 2022
Mesure, espace, sciences sociales (varia)

Measurement, space, social sciences (varia)

How can we forget the unrivalled legacy of Jean-Claude Perrot, his capacity to interweave economic and statistical knowledge and practices, notably in urban history, his special field of interest? This issue pays tribute to this remarkable scholar through an evocation of his work, followed by two topics that he held dear: measurement in the social sciences and measurement of space. The first three contributions, combining history with mathematics, sociology and biometrics, respectively, illustrate an ambition to break down the barriers between qualitative and quantitative dimensions. The following three articles discuss transformations in spatial organization based on quantitative criteria in two highly sensitive areas, namely the French education system and the localization/identification of individuals.

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