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A Macroscope for Global History. Seshat Global History Databank: a methodological overview

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A Macroscope for Global History. Seshat Global History Databank: a methodological overview. / Francois, Pieter; Manning, J.G.; Whitehouse, Harvey; Brennan, Rob; Currie, Thomas; Feeney, Kevin; Turchin, Peter.

In: Digital Humanities Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 4, 22.12.2016.

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Francois P, Manning JG, Whitehouse H, Brennan R, Currie T, Feeney K et al. A Macroscope for Global History. Seshat Global History Databank: a methodological overview. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 2016 Dec 22;10(4).

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Francois, Pieter ; Manning, J.G. ; Whitehouse, Harvey ; Brennan, Rob ; Currie, Thomas ; Feeney, Kevin ; Turchin, Peter. / A Macroscope for Global History. Seshat Global History Databank: a methodological overview. In: Digital Humanities Quarterly. 2016 ; Vol. 10, No. 4.

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