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date: 14 December 2018

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This article examines the importance of history in political analysis. It suggests that explanatory political science can hardly get anywhere without relying on careful historical analysis and describes social movements in history. It discusses the historical importance of the processes of state transformation and the conception of social movements as political innovations. It concludes that every significant political phenomenon lives in history and requires historically grounded analysis for its explanation.

Keywords: history, political analysis, political science, historical analysis, social movements, state transformation, political innovations, political phenomenon

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