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date: 17 February 2020

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In recent years, comparative historical analysis (CHA) has become more cognizant of the role time plays in analyzing the past. It has begun to distinguish between clock-like, reversible, and measurable physical time and social, irreversible, and qualitative historical time. This chapter elaborates on this distinction and shows how it has enriched and refined CHA’s temporal vocabulary and defines three distinct strands of CHA: eventful analysis, longue durée, and macrocausal analysis. Each of these strands configures physical and historical time in distinct ways and thereby makes a distinct contribution in understanding and explaining macrohistorical phenomena.

Keywords: comparative historical analysis, historical sociology, sequence, time series, duration, timing, history, chronology, periodization, political development

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