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Historical Network Analysis: Understanding the Structure of the League of Nations Archives

University Library (October 21, 2022)

CONFERENCE / SYMPOSIUM : Fall Symposium on Digital Scholarship 2022@HKBU

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SUMMARY : This contribution proposes a reflection on the use of network analysis in history on the basis of a complex case study: how to account for the structure of interpersonal relationships in an archive of several tens of thousands of documents? The archives of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations, are fascinating material for studying the political and administrative logic of such an institution in the 1920s and 1930s. Focusing on one section in particular, we show that network analysis allows us to highlight the singular role of certain unexpected personalities in the exchange of information. Writing the history of such an institution using these methods not only allows for the exploration of new research questions but also creates new links between archival and historical issues.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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