Contributions to the History of Concepts

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Editor: Sinai Rusinek, Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute


Contributions is the international peer-reviewed journal of the History of Concepts Group (formerly, HPSCG). It is hosted and sponsored by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

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, Linguistics


Current Issue

Summer 2014, Volume 9(1)



Gresham’s Law, Conceptual Semantics, and Semiotics of Authoritarianism: Do “Bad” Concepts Drive Out “Good” Ones?
Kirill Postoutenko

The Politics of Time: Zeitgeist in Early Nineteenth-Century Political Discourse
Theo Jung



Guest Editors: Claudia Wiesner and Anna Björk

Introduction: Citizenship in Europe after World War II—the Challenges of Migration and European Integration
Claudia Wiesner and Anna Björk

Rights of Noncitizens: Asylum as an Individual Right in the 1949 West German Grundgesetz
Hanna-Mari Kivistö

Accessing Citizenship: The Conceptual and Political Changes of the German Naturalization Policy, 1999–2006
Anna Björk

The Europeanization of Citizenship: Conceptual Innovations, Legal Changes, and Development of New Institutional Practices
Claudia Wiesner

Union Citizenship Representing Conceptual (Dis)continuities in EU Documents on Citizenship and Culture
Katja Mäkinen


Approaching Ideas Globally
A Review of Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori, eds., Global Intellectual History
Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker

The Carl Schmitt Kaleidoscope
A Review of Stefan Breuer, Carl Schmitt im Kontext: Intellektuellenpolitik in der Weimarer Republik [Carl Schmitt in context: The politics of intellectuals in the Weimar Republic]
Timo Pankakoski

The Politicization of the World
A Review of Olaf Bach, Die Erfindung der Globalisierung: Entstehung und Wandel eines zeitgeschichtlichen Grundbegriffs [The invention of globalization: Emergence and transformation of a contemporary basic concept]
Burkhard Conrad

Democracy or Democracies?
A Review of Anna Friberg, Demokrati bortom politiken: En begreppshistorisk analys av demokratibegreppet inom Sveriges socialdemokratiska arbetareparti 1919–1939 [Democracy beyond politics: An analysis of the concept of democracy within the Swedish Social Democratic Party 1919–1939]
Henrik Björck

Revisiting Romanian History through Concepts
A Review of Victor Neumann and Armin Heinen, eds., Key Concepts of Romanian History: Alternative Approaches to Socio-Political Languages
Bogdan C. Iacob