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Contributions to the History of Concepts

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Contributions to the History of Concepts is the international peer-reviewed journal of the History of Concepts Group (formerly HPSCG). It is hosted and sponsored by the University of Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History.

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 of ideas, history of ideology, intellectual history, linguistics, political science, political theory

Current Issue

Winter 2018, Volume 13(2)

Special Section: ISMS Concepts Continued from Volume 13, Issue 1

Revisiting French Foundational Republicanism from a Non-teleological Point of View
Pablo Facundo Escalante

Nationalism and Internationalism Reconciled: British Concepts for a New World Order during and after World War I and World War II
Antero Holmila and Pasi Ihalainen


Sovereignty versus Influence: European Unity and the Conceptualization of Sovereignty in British Parliamentary Debates, 1945–2016
Teemu Häkkinen and Miina Kaarkoski

Koselleck’s Historik and the Horizons of Politics
Blake Ewing

The Conceptual and Anthropological History of Bat Mitzvah: Two Lexical Paths and Two Jewish Identities
Hizky Shoham


To Build a Concept for European History
A review of Willibald Steinmetz, Michael Freeden, and Javier Fernández-Sebastián, eds., Conceptual History in the European Space
Eugenia Gay

Ideals against Practice: A History of Parliamentary Politics in Europe
A review of Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie, and Kari Palonen, eds., Parliamentarism: A Comparative History of a European Concept (New York: Berghahn Books, 2016) xi + 327 pp.
Philipp Nielsen

The Variety and Complexity of Republican Thinking
A review of Martin Papenheim and Raymonde Monnier, eds., Handbuch politisch-sozialer Grundbegriffe in Frankreich 1680–1820. Vol. 21: Politique, République, Républicanisme, Républicain[Politics, republic, republican, republicanism]
Emanuel Richter

Processual Ideology: Vernacular Socialist Discourse in Central and Eastern Europe after Stalin
A review of Pavel Kolá?, Der Poststalinismus: Ideologie und Utopie einer Epoche [Postsocialism: Ideology and utopia of an epoch]
Gregor Feindt

Republican Thought in Turkey: Centuries of Tradition?
A review of Banu Turnao?lu, The Formation of Turkish Republicanism
Ethan L. Menchinger

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