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Lastly: Fads and Fashions in Historiography

Lastly: Fads and Fashions in Historiography Scottish Church History 52 Supplement (2023): 49–59 DOI: 10.3366/sch.2023.0098 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/sch Andrew T. N. Muirhead The reviews of the Records in the Scottish Historical Review in the 1950s and 1960s mention the propensity of the Society to concentrate on the fissiparous nature of Presbyterianism, and, at a later stage, the number of papers which are biographical in nature. This chapter takes a quantitative look at the Records and Scottish Church History to see what can be gleaned from the changing patterns in papers. The charts are based on the number of pages devoted to each paper rather than the number of papers. There is, therefore, an accompanying health warning: the author has not made any attempt to estimate the number of words on the page in 100 years’ worth of journals, but it would appear that there is increasing verbosity over the century (Chart 1). It might be noted that the longest article, published in 1997, extended to fifty-nine pages although Stewart Mechie’s examination of education for the ministry extended to fifty-five pages spread over three issues. It is not always clear the extent to which papers were printed as presented, although some do refer to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

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Scottish Church History 52 Supplement (2023): 49–59 DOI: 10.3366/sch.2023.0098 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/sch Andrew T. N. Muirhead The reviews of the Records in the Scottish Historical Review in the 1950s and 1960s mention the propensity of the Society to concentrate on the fissiparous nature of Presbyterianism, and, at a later stage, the number of papers which are biographical in nature. This chapter takes a quantitative look at the Records and Scottish Church History to see what can be gleaned from the changing patterns in papers. The charts are based on the number of pages devoted to each paper rather than the number of papers. There is, therefore, an accompanying health warning: the author has not made any attempt to estimate the number of words on the page in 100 years’ worth of journals, but it would appear that there is increasing verbosity over the century (Chart 1). It might be noted that the longest article, published in 1997, extended to fifty-nine pages although Stewart Mechie’s examination of education for the ministry extended to fifty-five pages spread over three issues. It is not always clear the extent to which papers were printed as presented, although some do refer to

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Published: Apr 1, 2023

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