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Wolf Schäfer

This contribution revisits the dictum "history is the teacher of life" (historia magistra vitae) and shows that modern knowledge-societies are beginning to use their growing information about natural and human history to address present-day problems. Starting with Leopold von Ranke's refusal to investigate history for the benefit of learning from it, the essay cites two contemporary attempts at extracting useful knowledge from history: "real-world experiments" and "natural experiments." Wolfgang Krohn developed the former with collaborators in Bielefeld and Jared Diamond features the latter.

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Vincent Pons

Perspectives 28, 2 (2014): 51–74. 15 Jonathan S. Krasno and Donald P. Green, “Do Televised Presidential Ads Increase Voter Turnout? Evidence from a Natural Experiment,” The Journal of Politics 70, 1 (2008): 245–61; and Alan S. Gerber, James G. Gimpel, Donald

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Stephanie A. Limoncelli

the part of the organisations. 8 The dual structure of the course could be used to set up a kind of natural experiment that some instructors may wish to use to assess which method worked best for students. This was not possible in my courses due to

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

occasionally, there are significant initiatives led by progressive governments of nation-states. A case in point is Ecuador’s experiment with visa-free entry in 2008. Some migration researchers have called the period in 2008 in Ecuador “a natural experiment” in

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Christiane Lemke

Lara Minkus, Emanuel Deutschmann, and Jan Delhey, “A Trump Effect on the eu' s Popularity? The u.s. Presidential Election as a Natural Experiment,” Perspectives on Politics 17, no. 2 (2019): 399–416. 25 See Roger Cohen, “Steve Bannon is a Fan of

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The Economics of Decolonisation

Institutions, Education and Elite Formation

Nicola Viegi

University Press . 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.003.0001 Dupraz , Y. 2015 . ‘ French and British Colonial Legacies in Education: A Natural Experiment in Cameroon ’, Paris : Paris School of Economics Foster , J. P. 1965 . Education and Social