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Historical Sociology

The article critically reviews William Sewell Jr.’s “Logics of History. Social Theory and Social Transformation” and Arthur Stinchcombe’s “The Logic of Social Research”. Tilly contends that Sewell’s book focuses exclusively on the relationship between history and social science, while Stinchcombe’s book, which emphasizes theories of causation in social life, appears to abstract from historical context.