An introduction to Seshat: Global History Databank

Peter Turchin, Stephanie Grohmann

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Abstract

Seshat: Global History Databank, established in 2011, was initiated by an ever-growing team of social scientists and humanities scholars to test theories about the evolution of complex societies (Francois et al. 2016; Turchin et al. 2015). Seshat reflects both what is known about global history (within certain practical constraints, discussed below) and also what is unknown, or poorly known. Seshat is a continuously growing dataset incorporating evolving interpretations, highlighting persisting controversies, and contextualizing enduring ambiguities. The quantitative data, suitable for statistical analysis, is buttressed by qualitative nuance embedded in descriptive paragraphs along with references to pertinent scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cognitive Historiography
Volume5
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020

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