The History of the Social Sciences since 1945


Edited by Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine
Cambridge University Press, June 2010

This compact volume covers the main developments in the social sciences since the Second World War. Chapters on economics, human geography, political science, psychology, social anthropology, and sociology will interest anyone wanting short, accessible histories of those disciplines, all written by experts in the relevant field; they will also make it easy for readers to make comparisons between disciplines. A final chapter proposes a blueprint for a history of the social sciences as a whole. Whereas most of the existing literature considers the social sciences in isolation from one other, this volume shows that they have much in common; for example, they have responded to common problems using overlapping methods, and cross-disciplinary activities have been widespread.

1. Introduction Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine; 2. Psychology Mitchell G. Ash; 3. Economics Roger E. Backhouse; 4. Political science Robert Adcock and Mark Bevir; 5. Sociology Jennifer Platt; 6. Social anthropology Adam Kuper; 7. Human geography Ron Johnston; 8. Towards a history of the social sciences Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine.


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