Dr Jordan Claridge

Dr Jordan Claridge

LSE Fellow

Department of Economic History

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About me

My research considers how individuals and societies as well as markets and industries adjusted to constantly, and often cataclysmically, changing economic and social circumstances in the Middle Ages. I have worked (collaboratively with John Langdon) on the long-standing debate about grain storage in medieval England and also on the composition of rural labour.

I am currently pursuing two main projects.  The first, based on my doctoral work, examines how English peasants, utilizing specific comparative advantages in regulatory loopholes and suitable soil types, bred and raised horses as a way to augment the diminishing returns of arable farming, while other project looks at the changing landscape of economic opportunities available to women, particularly in the dairy industry, in late medieval Europe. 

Current research projects 

Horse Power: How Medieval England Was Supplied with Working Animals, 1250-1350

This project, based on my doctoral work, looks at how the English economy was supplied with the animals during a particularly important period of England’s (and indeed Europe’s) commercialization from 1250 to 1350. The book proposes an alternative to traditional models of medieval economic growth that emphasize capital investment, specialization and aggressive marketing strategies. Rather it argues that the horse trade was an ‘economy of makeshift’ and suited what we would call today ‘hard-scrabble’ agriculture. While it allowed a diversification in activities that expanded peasants’ opportunities for more productive agriculture and increased interaction with markets, a chronic lack of investment meant that there was little progress in terms of stock improvement, technology or marketing which increasingly placed a ceiling on productivity and eventually acted as a drag on levels of commercialization. This is a cautionary tale of unintended consequences that has relevance not only for societies of the preindustrial past but also for many developing economies today.

Managing Milk, Making a Living: Dairying and Dairypeople in Medieval Europe, 1250-1450 

This project explores how environmental shocks such as the Great Famine of 1315-17 and the Black Death of 1349 as well as new institutional conditions, brought on by the decline of serfdom, led to the shift of a central English agricultural industry from the seigniorial sector (landlords and their properties) to the domain of emerging peasant entrepreneurialism. While focusing on England, the project also incorporates a comparative European framework. The project has significant implications for trends in women’s work and economic agency, informing the debate concerning European economies after the Black Death and whether they offered women greater economic opportunities than earlier periods which informs our understanding of economic development and social change in pre-industrial Europe as well as overall trends in economic and demographic growth. The availability of work and remuneration received contributed to family incomes and into future demographic growth, a notion hearkening back to the classical economists, especially Malthus, as changes in opportunities for labourers or entrepreneurs were critical reflections of the way that the medieval society and economy were responding to new conditions.



EH101 The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present day

EH237 Theories and Evidence in Economic History

EH482 Pre-Modern Paths of Growth: Europe and the Wider World, 11th to 19th Centuries



  • “Storage in medieval England: the evidence from purveyance accounts, 1295-1349” (co-authored with John Langdon) The Economic History Review. Volume 64, Issue 4, November 2011, Pages: 1242–1265
  • “Transport and Transport Technology in Medieval England” (co-authored with John Langdon). History Compass. Volume 9, Issue 11, October 2011, Pages: 864–875
  • “The Horse: England’s Sacred Beast? The Medieval Roots of Horsemeat Aversion in England” History Today Vol. 63, No. 6 (June 2013), 31-36.


You can download Dr Claridge's CV here [PDF]


Selected publications and media

Publications, presentations and papers

Books (authored):

  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H (forthcoming 2017) Youth Activism and Solidarity: the Non-Stop Picket Against Apartheid (under contract to Routledge) 
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution. Foreword by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Korean (2012), Spanish (2012), Indonesian (2014) and Turkish (2014) language editions of Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution have been published.

Book chapters:

  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H (forthcoming Jan 2016) ‘Growing up through youthful engagement with geopolitical campaigning’ in M Benwell and P Hopkins (eds) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Aldershot: Ashgate. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to the ALBA-TCP’ in Thomas Muhr (ed.) Counter- Globalization and Socialism in the 21st Century: the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, Routledge, Rethinking Globalizations series, 101-118. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2012) ‘Che Guevara: Cooperatives and the Political Economy of the Transition to Socialism’ in Camila Piñeiro Harnecker (ed.) Cooperatives and Socialism, Palgrave Macmillan, 115-142. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘El Che Guevara: las cooperativas y la economía política de la transición al socialismo’ in Camila Piñeiro Hernecker (ed.) Cooperativas y Socialismo, Editorial Caminos, 132-166.

Encyclopedia entries:

  • Yaffe, H (in press, 2015) ‘Guevara, Ernesto “Che”’, Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Yaffe, H (2011) ‘Che Guevara (1928-1967)’, The Literary Encyclopedia, www.litencyc.com.

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Yaffe, H. (2015) Venezuela: Building a Communal Economy?, International Critical Review, Routledge, 5:1, 23-41. 
  • Brown G and Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Practices of Solidarity: Opposing apartheid in the centre of London’ in Antipode: a radical journal of Geography. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12037. 
  • Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Non-Stop Against Apartheid: practicing solidarity outside the South African Embassy’, Social Movement Studies 12(2): 227 – 234. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2012) ‘Che Guevara: The Great Debate Past and Present’, Science & Society, 76: 1, 9-38. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: An Alternative Development Strategy?’, International Journal of Cuban Studies, Special Issue: A new dawn? ALBA and the future of Caribbean and Latin American integration, Vol 3, No. 2 & 3, Summer/Autumn 2011, 128-144.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to ALBA’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 15:2, 143-160.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Che Guevara’s enduring legacy: not the foco, but the theory of socialist transition’, Latin American Perspectives, 36:2, 49-65.

Selected invitations and presentations

  • (2013) International Women’s Forum, World Leadership Conference, ‘Modern Movements Shaping the World’. Guest speaker on ‘Shaping modern finance, public debt and the future’. Vancouver, Canada. 
  • (2013) A Venezuelan government ministry(Ministerio de Poder Popular para las Comunas y los Movimientos Sociales) invited me to give a series of lectures and presentations about my work on Cuban & Latin American political economy and to take part in internal discussions with several ministries and the government’s Economic Sub-Commission.
  • (2013) Cuidad Universitaria José Antonio Echavarría(CUJAE), La Habana, Cuba. Guest lecture on ‘the role of technicians and technology in the political economy of transition’.

Selected conference papers 

  • Yaffe, H, (2015) ‘Venezuela’s attempts to build a communal economic system and its impact on ALBA’. Presented at Ten Years of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA): Progress, Problems, and Prospects, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. 
  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H. (2013): ‘Practices of Solidarity: opposing apartheid in the centre of London’. Presented at International Solidarity: Practices, Problems, Possibilities. Institute for International Integration Studies international conference, Trinity College, Dubin.
  •  Yaffe, H. (2011) Two papers: ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: an alternative development strategy’ and ‘Cuban development: inspiration to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas’. Presented at the Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference, St Andrews University. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘The Political Economy of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas’. Presented at International ALBA Conference, International Institute for the Study of Cuba. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)’. Presented at Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘Not Socialist Enough: Cuba and the British Left’. Presented at the Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference, University of Bristol. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘ALBA new dawn for Latin America?’ Presented at The Pink Tide: Reconfiguring Politics, Power 4 and Political Economy in the Americas? University of Nottingham.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Forwards to the old Great Debate’. Presented at the Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham.

Recent media

  • Recent op-eds and articles on Fidel Castro's death, Cuban development and Cuba-US relations for The Guardian, The Conversation, Telesur.
  • Late 2016 to early 2017, interviewed for BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, Canadian CTV, Australian RN, following Fidel Castro's death in Cuba. 
  • March 2016, interviewed by Sky News and provided live commentary for BBC World News on several occasions during US President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. 
  • April 2015, interviewed on US-Cuban relations for BBC World News and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  • Other recent media interviews include: BBC News 24, World Service and Radio 4, Radio France International, Prensa Latina, Press TV, Television Cubana, Radio Sur and Ecuadorian National Television.