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LSE Economic History student is future Yenching Academy Scholar

Economic History master's graduate Mathias Schoener will be joining the selective Yenching Academy to study on its interdisciplinary master's programme in China Studies. You can read about his plans for study and tips for successful application. Mathias Schoener, future Yenching Scholar

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Leslie Hannah elected Fellow of the British Academy

Leslie Hannah is distinguished economic historian and business economist with a long standing relationship with the department. More informatino about his career and publications is available on his profile page: Leslie Hannah profile

A brief interview with Leslie following his election is available on the British Academy website here: New British Academy Fellows

 

 

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Dr Joe Lane awarded Coleman Prize 2019

Dr Joe Lane has won the Coleman Prize 2019 for his PhD dissertation, Networks, innovation and knowledge: the North Staffordshire Potteries, 1750-1851 (Supervisors Profesor Mary Morgan and Dr gerben Bakker).

The Coleman Prize is the biggest British prize in business history, awarded by the Association of Business Historians.

The dissertation is available to read here: Dissertation.

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LSESU Economic History Society Journal 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Leunig Prize: Joseph Miller, Edward Smith and Olamide Duyile.  

Read more about the journal and prizewinners, and download the journal here: LSESU Economic History Journal 2019


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New Book: The English East India Company's Silk Enterprise in Bengal, 1750-1850: Economy, Empire and Business
Karolina Hutková (Boydell and Brewer, 2019)

The book examines the silk-processing activities of the English East India Company in Bengal and presents the Company as a manufacturer rather than a trading body or political agent. 

Read more about the book here: The English East India Company's Silk Enterprise in Bengal, 1750-1850


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Sowing the Seeds VI: A Workshop for Early-Career Medieval Economic and Social Historians

LSE, 15 June 2019

Full details of the programme and abstracts are on our 'Workshops' page: Link to 'Workshops' page. 


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New Book: Professor Tirthankar Roy
How British Rule Changed India's Economy; The Paradox of the Raj (Palgrave, 2019) 

In his latest book Tirthankar Roy revisits the topic of the effects and legacy of British colonialism on life and work in India, and its  kind of legacy it left behind. 

Read more information about the book here. How British Rule Changed India' Economy


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STICERD grants awarded to Economic History faculty

Two faculty members have just been awarded STICERD funding for their research projects. Dr Jordan Claridge receives a grant towards his project 'Real Wages in the Middle Ages.' Dr Olivier Accominotti's grant will support his project 'British acceptance houses and the production of safe assets 1875-1914.'


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Dr Anne Ruderman awarded Arthur H. Cole Grant

Congratulations to Dr Anne Ruderman who has just been awarded Arthur H Cole grant of $5000 by the Economic History Association. The grant is for continuing work on her forthcoming book, 'Supplying the Slave Trade',  which is under contract with Yale University Press. 


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'The Lessons of Economic History'
Conference, European Parliament, Brussels
18 February 2019

Conference organiser and master's student Max Rangeley reports on the department's visit to the European Parliament in February. You can also view recordings and photos.

Read more here ...



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LSE Research Festival 2019 Prize Winners

Congratulations to PhD student Alka Raman and master's student Francesco Giacomini, both awarded prizes at the LSE Research Festival on 28 February 2019.

Alka was awarded Best Poster prize for From Muse to Machines: how Indian cottons steered the technological trajectory of the British cotton industry.

Francesco won the Popular Prize for his written pitch: Bitcoin:  new order or libertarian utopia? An answer from the past: Scotland 1727-1845. The Popular Prize was voted for by the public on the online gallery.

Read more about all the prize winners on the webpage: LSE Research Festival Winners 2019


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Economic History Department Awards 2019

Winners of our photo and investment brief competitions and 2017-18 exam prizes collected their awards at our first ceremony. 

See all the prizes, winners and runners up. Economic History Awards Ceremony 2018-19


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Rebecca Simson's writes on 'how 'newly assembled data on public expenditure and employment in three East African countries since 1960 sheds light on external constraints to fiscal space, and suggests that employment growth was short-lived and to a large extent ‘financed’ through a reduction in real wages.' 

Read the full post here: Africa’s Clientelist Budget Policies Revisited: Public Expenditure and Employment in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, 1960–2010

26 February 2019


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LSE News showcased findings from Dr Neil Cummins in his latest Working Paper, Where is the Middle Class? Inequality, Gender and the Share of the Upper Tail from 60 million English Death and Probate Records, 1892-2016. The feature focused on the startling finding that for the last 60 years most middle to lower class people pass on little to nothing in terms of generational wealth, dying virtually penniless. Most generational wealth is still  shuffled around the richest top 20-30 per cent.

You can read the full feature here: Most of us die virtually penniless says new LSE research 

25 February 2019


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On 19 February a group of faculty and students travelled to the European Parliament in Brussels to take part in a panel discussion, ‘Lessons of Economic History for Today’s Policies’. The panel also included MEP Professor Joachim Starbatty.  


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Policy Paper: Hard Brexit ahead: breaking the deadlock

Gabriel J. Felbermayr, Clemens Fuest, Hans Gersbach, Albrecht O. Ritschl, Marcel Thum, and Martin T. Braml

This paper proposes a model for post-Brexit UK and EU in EconPol Policy Brief.

Available here: Hard Brexit ahead


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Epstein Lecture 2019
'The Historical Roots of Racial Health Inequality in the United States'
Dr Marcella Alsan, Stanford
14 February 2019, 6pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, NAB

Dr Marcella Alsan's research focuses on the causes and consequences of infectious disease for health and productivity, using historical public health natural experiments to explore the interaction between infectious disease, human capital and economic outcomes.

Read more about how to attend the Epstein Lecture: Epstein Lecture 2019


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2017-18 Economic History Master's Dissertation Prize Winner

Josh Banerjee, MPhil/PhD in Economic History, hs been awarded the 2017-18 Economic History master's dissertation prize. Josh's dissertation is entitled 'Is There Evidence of Relative Quality Failure in the British Export Sector? A Cross-Country Estimation, 1962-1979' and explores the possibility that  failure in UK product quality caused British economic decline in the post-war Golden Age. Our congratulations to Josh and best wishes for his future studies.


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Economic History students wins Middle East Centre’s inaugural Master’s Dissertation prize

William Bullock Jenkins, MSc Global Economic History student, is the winner of the Middle East Centre’s inaugural Master’s Dissertation prize for his dissertation, 'Tariffs, Treaties, Trade: Integrating Tsarist Russian and Qajar Persian Markets under the Nineteenth Century Global Condition'. Dr Michael Mason, Director of the Middle East Centre, called it  ‘an outstanding study of Russo-Persian economic relations in the nineteenth century.’

The Middle East Centre launched the prize to encourage and celebrate outstanding research on the Middle East and North Africa. 

More information available here: Middle East Centre Master's Dissertation 2018



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New publication: An Economist's Guide to Economic History
eds Matthis Blum, Christopher Colvin

Palgrave, November 2018

This book introducing the field of economic history to economists contains chapters by Economic History department faculty and alumni, including Dr Gerben Bakker on innovation and technical change, Tirthankar Roy on South Asia, Tim Leunig on policy making, Judy Z. Stephenson on impact and communication, and Michael Aldous on business ownership and organisation. 

Find out more here: An Economist's Guide to Economic History



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Recent article: Dr Rebecca Simson

Ethnic (in)equality in the public services of Kenya and Uganda

Read Dr Simson's article on the African Affairs website.

 


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New blog post: ''Wages in the Middle Ages'

On the EHS blog Dr Jordan Claridge writes about the critical importance of an accurate picture of medieval wages for conceptions of historic economic development, and how his new method connecting precise cash and ‘in kind’  data will allow more precise calculations to be made.

Read Dr Claridge's article on the EHS blog. Wages in the Middle Ages


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The Economic History Department, LSE hosted a screening of 'The Enemy Within', a short documentary exploring the effects and legacy of the 1980s Miners Strike on one of the lesser-known mining communities in Kent. The film was made by sixth formers from  Oakwood Park Grammar School in collaboration with The Independent Film Trust and LSE. The students interviewed former miners and other key protagonists at the time, and also featured Dudley Baines, who set the strike in its economic and historical context. 

23 November 2018

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How do stories help us understand the world?
LSE IQ podcast Episode 18

'Even in chemistry you have narratives [...] a beginning a middle and an end.' Professor Mary Morgan talks about the place of stories in science in this month's LSE IQ podcast.

Listen to the episode here: LSE IQ podcast Ep 18 

21 November 2018


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Article: Janet Hunter, Kota Ogasawara

Price shocks in regional markets: Japan’s Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923

Read the article in the Economic History Review.

November 2018


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Royal African Company Networks 

Dr Anne Ruderman launched her project website on Royal African Company Networks at the LSE Research Showcase, Tuesday 13 November. Visitors were able to view a range of maps and graphics and learn about the progress of the project.

The event was LSE’s first ever research showcase for the School community, featuring film and photography, hands-on activities and games from a wide range of projects. Staff and students were able to engage directly with the researchers and discover the transformative aspects of the social sciences.

Find out more about Dr Ruderman's research on the project website here: Royal African Company Networks

Read more about the event: LSE Research Showcase

13 November 2018


Global Economic History

Global Economic History
Editors: Tirthankar Roy, Giorgio Riello
Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

This new selection of essays by leading academics focuses on the questions, debates, methodologies and issues addressed by the growing field of global economic history.

Chapters are organized both thematically  and geographically, covering topics from 'The Great Divergence', the New World and the rise of global silver economy.  Contributors include Kenneth Pomeranz, John McNeill,  and Prasannan Parthasarathi, plus authors from or associated with our own department, Patrick O'Brien, including Patrick O'Brien, Alejandra Irigoin, Debin Ma, and Gareth Austin.

Find out more on the Bloomsbury page: Global Economic History

November 2018


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Dr Debin Ma guest edits a special edition of Frontier of Economics in China (Sept. 2018, Volume 13 Issue 3) focusing on Chinese Economic History. Subjects range from urban and rural economies to the monetary system and financial institutions in China, with particular focus on the primary importance of institutions and ideology, the employment of comparative perspectives and the systematic application of quantitative analyses based on new archives and data.

You can get free online access to the journal for a limited period only) at: http://journal.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/article/showSpecialIssues.do

October 2018


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'Do the Migrations of the Past have Lessons for Today?'
Professor Chris Minns Inaugural Lecture

6.30-8pm, 22 October 2018, Wolfson Theatre LSE

Migration has always been part of the human experience. But can the study of past population movements help us to understand present-day markets and societies? This lecture draws on a range of historical evidence to explore the possibilities.

Find out more about Chris's lecture on the LSE Events page.

September 2018


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'Eyam' - The Globe Theatre draws on departmental expertise

Professor Patrick Wallis was consulted by theatre director Adele Thomas in preparation for a new play 'Eyam' staged at the Globe Theatre in September and October.  Professor Wallis wrote a 2006 paper on the 1666 outbreak of plague in the small Derbyshire village, unpicking the many ways in which it has been remade over the last four centuries. 

You can read Professor Wallis's paper here: Dreadful Heritage: Interpreting Epidemic Disease at Eyam, 1666–2000

October 2018


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New article: David Chilosi, Max Schulze, Oliver Volckart

Benefits of Empire? Capital Market Integration North and South of the Alps, 1350–1800

Read the article on the Journal of Economic History website.


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Welcome to Dr Anne Ruderman, Assistant Professor in Economic History

Dr Ruderman joins our department from Harvard, where she completed her PhD. She is an economic historian of Early Modern Europe and the Atlantic World with a particular focus on the transatlantic slave trade. Her current book project, Supplying the Slave Trade, looks at how European slave-ship outfitters tried to figure out African consumer demand for their products and re-exports in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Read more about Dr Ruderman's research and teaching on her LSE webpage.


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Welcome to new Assistant Professor, Dr Jordan Claridge

Dr Claridge joined the department in September 2018 as Assistant Professor after two years as Teaching Fellow. His research focuses on how individuals, societies, markets and industries adjusted to changing economic and social circumstances in the Middle Ages. 

Read more about his work, teaching and current projects on his LSE webpage

September 2018


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New article: Patrick Wallis, Justin Colson, David Chilosi 
Structural Change and Economic Growth in the British Economy before the Industrial Revolution, 1500–1800

Read the article in the Journal of Economic History.

August 2018


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The decline of northern England'
Voxeu podcast featuring Dr Neil Cummins, Dept of Economic History, LSE

Neil talks with Tim Phillips about how the lag between the north of England and Wales and the south in output per person, educational attainment, and even life expectancy can be explained entirely by a 200-year 'Big Sort - the migration south of talented people, replaced by less-able southerners who move north. https://bit.ly/2LjEXUQ

24 August 2018



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Article: Leigh Gardner,Alex Klein,Mikolaj Malinowski, Tamas Vonyo

EHDR and the economic history of Eastern Europe

Read the article in the journal Economic History of Developing Regions

July 2018


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Dr Natacha Postel-Vinay features on LSE IQ Podcast  'Are cryptocurrencies the future of money.'

This episode of the LSE IQ podcast examines whether cryptocurrencies are the future of money, a speculative bubble that will burst, or something else. Dr Postel-Vinay, who research expertise includes monetary and banking phenomena in times of financial crisis and downturn, discusses how the bitcoin bubble compares to bubbles in the past.

You can read more about the podcast and download it from the LSE's webpage. [URL]

6 June 2018


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New publication: Dr Christopher Kissane
Food, Religion and Communities in Early Modern Europe

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Visiting Fellow Dr Christopher Kissane examines the relationship between food and religion in early modern Europe using case studies in Castile, Zurich and Shetland to explore what food reveals about the wider social and cultural history of early modern communities undergoing religious upheaval. 

June 2018


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'Working in the Past '

Half-day workshop hosted by the Economic History Department, London School of Economics, Thursday 28 June 2018

One of the biggest remaining blank spaces in economic history is the amount and intensity of work in the early modern period. How much did people work in a year? How did these patterns differ between members of a household? How did this change over time, and how can all of these questions help inform our standard of living estimates? 

This workshop brings together cutting edge work, including in-depth analyses of individual markets and some of the first quantitative attempts to measure the working year, in an effort to address these questions and to deepen our understanding of life and living in the past. Speakers include Ben Schneider (Oxford), Kathryn Gary (Lund) and Jordan Claridge and Patrick Wallis from our own department. 

For further information, please contact  Cristina Victoria Radu (cvr@sam.sdu.dk).


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Book: Professor Tirthankar Roy
A Business History of India: Enterprise and the Emergence of Capitalism from 1700

In recent decades, private investment has led to an economic resurgence in India. But this is not the first time the region has witnessed impressive business growth. There have been many similar stories over the past 300 years. Through detailed case studies of firms, entrepreneurs, and business commodities, this book bridges the approaches of business and economic history, illustrating the development of a distinctive regional capitalism.

For more details of Professor Roy's book follow this link to the publisher's page.[URL]

Professor Roy's book will be launched on Thursday, 31 May at an event hosted by LSE South Asia Centre. Full details of the event can be found here via this link. [URL]


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2018 EH204 Golden Bottle Awards Prize Winners!

Congratulations to this year's winners for the best essay written by a student on the course EH204: From the Middle Ages to Modernity:

Winner: Ana Struillou for her essay on the topic ‘England and France in the 100-years war’.

Runners up: Hieu Phan and Giovanni Rosso, who both wrote on ‘Public authorities and banks/stock exchanges’.

The prize winners received congratulations from EH204 course convenor Professor Oliver Volckart and class teachers Thea Don-Siemion and Ivan Luzardo Lima at a small ceremony on 25 May.

The prize is sponsored by Hoare's Bank. 


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Economic History student in finals of national 'Posters in Parliament' competition  

Economic History student Mayowa Igbalajobi was one of the two LSE students selected to represent the School at this year's Posters in Parliament competition. This year work was displayed at Portcullis House.

Each participating UK university nominates up to two participants to exhibit their undergraduate research in the exhibition.The work displayed on the poster must be conducted in the final year of an undergraduate programme, either from current final-year students or recent (2017) graduates.

Read more about the event here[URL]

February 2018


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LSE Festival 2018 - Research Abstract Competition (19-25 February 2018)

Congratulations to the Economic History students whose research abstracts were selected for the festival research competition shortlist last week. The photo features all the winning abstracts, as well as undergraduate student Ieuan Bennett (top right) who was able to attend the prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 21 February.

Particular congratulations go to General Course undergraduate student Carlos Mesa-Baron who was highly commended for his abstract 'Promoting Long Term Saving in a Poor Household can Lead to Greater Social Mobility.'

Read the complete list of prize winners and photo-gallery  here [URL]



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Alumni Networking Evening 

Thanks to all the Economic History alumni who came to our careers networking event and shared their experiences and insights on work and careers after LSE with our current students.

Our alumni work across a wide range of careers sectors, including financial and management consulting, banking, digital communications, marketing, government and academia. It’s amazing where a degree in Economic History can take you!

20 February 2018


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Dr Olivier Accominotti organised a visit for his EH306 students to the Bank of England Archives as part of their studies on world monetary and financial history since 1750. As one of the world’s key financial institutions, the Bank of England’s archives are a treasure trove of documents recording key moments in the economic history of the UK. 

The visit was hosted by archivist Margherita Orlando who had selected a range of documents for students to view, including a ledger on the foundation of the Bank of England itself showing William and Mary as the first shareholders and minutes of a meeting of Directors discussing the South Sea Bubble of 1720. She also presented Bank of England Governor Montagu Norman’s personal diary during the Sterling Crisis of 1931 when the UK left the Gold Standard. This gave students an opportunity to see how major historical events covered in their course at the LSE left a trace in archival documents. 

The visit included a presentation by Senior Economist Ryland Thomas and Archive Manager Mike Anson of their own research project on the Bank of England as a Lender of Last Resort during the nineteenth century. 

Students were also invited to attend one of the Bank of England’s regular research seminars during which Dr. Clemens Jobst (Austrian National Bank) presented a paper on the Austro-Hungarian Bank’s policy during the financial crisis of 1912.


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Event: The Research Journey of an Economic Historian

Faculty  and PhDs talked about their life in research from idea to publication. Presenters included Professors Patrick Wallis and Joan Roses who discussed the social and geographical factors shaping their research interests. Dr Eric Schneider discussed the inter-disciplinary nature of his research on child growth in Britain and Japan, and Rebecca Simson and Thilo Albers discussed the particular challenges of their PhD research projects. It was a rare opportunity to set the research of teachers and PhDs work within a personal as well as an academic context.

The aim of the event was to engage with and inspire undergraduate and masters Economic History students to consider a career in research, while giving a realistic picture of the practicalities and career possibilities.

For those students interested in discussing further study at LSE or beyond, we strongly encourage you to talk to your academic adviser, who can also signpost you to further sources of information.

November 2017