The establishment of social history as ‚historical social science‘ during the 1970s added quantitative-statistical methods to historians’ methodological toolbox, complementing existing qualitative-hermeneutical approaches. Since the days of the ‚Bielefeld school‘, technological progress has provided ever more powerful and user-friendly software tools that facilitate quantitative analyses. However, quantitative approaches towards historical research questions seem to be applied predominantly in a few sub-disciplines, such as economic history. One reason for this methodological restraint might be widespread skepticism towards quantitative methods among the many adherents of the ‚new cultural history‘. Yet, the question of how intensively quantitative methods have been used in German-speaking historiography has been the subject of a limited number of empirical studies. We aim to fill this gap by exploring a text corpus consisting of more than 7,600 articles published in ten German historical journals, including Historische Zeitschrift, between 1951 and 2016. Our approach is both qualitative and quantitative in nature, combining statistical analysis of tables and figures with lexicographical inquiry and extensive discussion. Our results confirm the hypothesis that the cultural turn largely reversed the growing trend towards greater application of quantitative methods in many parts of historiography. However, the ‚quantification of quantification‘ holds some surprises.