In the field of history, there is increasing interest in the potential of research methods and theories using social network analysis. In recent years, there have been significant developments in historical network research, a field located at the crossroads of sociological network analysis and historical methodology, software-based data visualisation and source criticism. Marten Düring, a researcher in the CVCE’s Digital Humanities Lab, has joined forces with three colleagues to publish a handbook containing a series of papers on this topic, the first publication to consolidate existing knowledge on data collection and analysis techniques using historical social networks. The authors provide a practical overview of the potential and challenges of historical network research while examining the background and development of this approach. The book is the first volume in a series by the Essen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) on research methods. It has been published by LIT Verlag and costs €29.90.