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Contributions to the History of Concepts

Aims & Scope

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Contributions to the History of Concepts is the international peer-reviewed journal of the History of Concepts Group (formerly HPSCG). It is hosted and sponsored by the University of Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.

The journal serves as a platform for theoretical and methodological articles as well as empirical studies on the history of concepts and their social, political, and cultural contexts. It aims to promote the dialogue between the history of concepts and other disciplines, such as intellectual history, history of knowledge and science, linguistics, translation studies, history of political thought and discourse analysis.

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Subjects: history of ideas, history of ideology, intellectual history, linguistics, political science, political theory

Forthcoming Issue

Winter 2017, Volume 12(2)


Time Bandits, Historians, and Concepts of Bad Times
Jan Ifversen

Crisis? How Is That a Crisis?! Reflections on an Overburdened Word
Michael Freeden

The Making of a Fundamental Value: A History of the Concept of Separation of Church and State in the Netherlands
Mart Rutjes

On Counterrevolution: Semantic Investigations of a Counterconcept during the French Revolution
Friedemann Pestel


Appropriations and Contestations of the Islamic Nomenclature in Muslim North India: Elitism, Lexicography, and the Meaning of the Political
Jan-Peter Hartung


Citizens, Nationals, Subjects?
A review of Lauren Banko, The Invention of Palestinian Citizenship, 1918–1947
Anna Björk

Negotiating Modernity: The Entanglement of Political Thought in the Nineteenth Century
A review of Balázs Trencsényi, Maciej Janowski, Mónika Baár, Maria Falina, and Michal Kope?ek, A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe, Volume I: Negotiating Modernity in the “Long Nineteenth Century”
Gregor Feindt

Among the Pyramids
A review of Ernst Müller and Falko Schmieder, Begriffsgeschichte und historische Semantik: Ein kritisches Kompendium
Theo Jung

A Quest for Public Sociality
A review of Yasuhiro Matsui, ed., Obshchestvennost’ and Civic Agency in Late Imperial and Soviet Russia: Interface between State and Society
Alexandra Medzibrodszky

The History of German Ideas of the West
A review of Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber, eds., Germany and “the West”: The History of a Modern Concept
Henna-Riikka Pennanen

“Working” (on) the Concept of Work
A review of Jörn Leonard and Willibald Steinmetz, eds., Semantiken von Arbeit: Diachrone und vergleichende Perspektive
Cristian Roiban

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