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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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Stephanie A. Limoncelli

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 the small number of service

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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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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

Education: A Natural Experiment in Cameroon ’, Paris : Paris School of Economics Foster , J. P. 1965 . Education and Social Change in Ghana . London : Routledge and Kegan Paul . Freire , P. 1970 . The Pedagogy of the Oppressed . New York , The