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Economic History Department
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE

 

We are located in Sardinia House 

 

Head of Department
Professor Albrecht Ritschl
a.o.ritschl@lse.ac.uk

Departmental Manager

Linda Sampson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7084
l.sampson@lse.ac.uk

 

MSc Programmes Manager
Tracy Keefe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860
t.j.keefe@lse.ac.uk

 

Undergraduate Administrator
Helena Ivins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860
h.ivins@lse.ac.uk

 

Undergraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7955 7125
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk

 

PhD Administrator
Loraine Long
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7046
l.long@lse.ac.uk

 

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A version of Matteo Ricci's world map, created in China in 1602.

The Department of Economic History is home to a huge breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise ranging from the medieval period to the current century and covering every major world economy. It is one of the largest specialist departments in the country, with 25 full- and part-time time teachers, as well as visiting academics and researchers.
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National Student Survey Results 2015

The Economic History department has performed very well in the 2015 National Student Survey. Overall student satisfaction was rated at 100%, making us the LSE’s highest rated department in this category. 95% of our students rated satisfaction with teaching. Satisfaction with Academic Support and Feedback and Assessment were rated 87% and 85% respectively. 

We are particularly pleased that our scores in all but one of the categories showed an upward trend on last year’s, and extend our thanks to all faculty, teachers and support staff who have contributed to this excellent result.  

 
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LSE Economic History Society Review 2014-5

We are pleased to announce the publication of the LSE Economic History Review 2014-5, a journal created by the LSESU Economic History Society. This student-initiated publication is edited by Shem Ng and Jay Pan, with the support of Professor Max Schulze and Dr Chris Minns.

The editors write, 'Engaging with the past is fundamental to understanding the present whilst good historical writing appreciates the nuances of time and place. The LSE Economic History Review aims to combine both these traits by providing a platform to present outstanding scholarship of Social and Economic History written by current LSE Students. 

'The journal is an annual publication run by the committee of the LSESU Economic History Society. The LSE is not responsible for its contents.'

The winning submission by Economic History undergraduate Bethany Bloomer compares the gender neutrality of the business cycle in London and Blackburn during the interwar period. Other essays focus on the failure of the New Deal, sources of agricultural growth in Japan and the legacy of colonialism in West Africa. 

 

Confirmation Day 2015

Summer A level, AS level and Cambridge Pre-U results are published on Thursday 13 August. Unfortunately, the Economic History Department cannot answer enquiries about grades and offers. However, the link below should help answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the confirmation of A level results.

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'New Economic Historians of Latin America', Third Workshop

Universitat de Barcelona, 28th August 2015

Convenors: Alfonso Herranz (Barcelona), Dr Alejandra Irigoin, Economic History Dept, LSE

The workshop brings together advanced research students in the field of economic history and development economics of Latin America  to present their research. It offers the opportunity for intensive discussion of ongoing research by scholars interested in economic history and development of the region.

As with past workshops in London (2013) and Geneva (2014) this year will bring together research students from institutions across Europe, including LSE, Carlos III, University of Barcelona and the European Institute.

 

New first year EH core course begins in 2015-16 academic year.

The Preindustrial Economy of Europe,  taught by Professor Oliver Volckart,  is a new compulsory course for first year BSc Economic history students. The course surveys long-term processes of growth and development in late medieval and early modern Europe (fourteenth to eighteenth centuries). It focuses on the transition from a hierarchical society of estates or corporate orders to a market society based on legal equality. 

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Economic History students win at LSE Research Festival

Congratulations to PhD student Joseph Lane and undergraduate Orian Mahlow who were both awarded prizes in the poster categoryat the LSE Research Festival, 21 May. 

Joseph Lane won highly commended for his poster ‘Networks and knowledge: a potted history’ (detail shown on the left)

Orian Mahlow was awarded the ‘best in show’ prize in the poster category out of 28 entrants. The poster was titled ‘Foreign labour in West Germany: skill premiums in the German auto industry – convergence big time?’ 

 
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LSE Teaching Awards  2015

At this year's ceremony on May 5 awards for Economic History went to Dr Olivier Accominotti (Major Review with Promotion to Associate Professor) and Dr Patrick Wallis (Promotion to Professor). Flora Macher and Brian Varian received Class Teacher Awards. Congratulations to all our winners! 

 

REF 2014

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced on Wednesday 18 December. Taking into account the proportion of its eligible staff submitted for assessment, LSE History (Economic History and International History) was ranked sixth out of 83 submissions to the REF History panel for the percentage of its research outputs rated 'world leading '(4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*) and ninth for its submission as a whole. On the basis of the combination of quality of publications and number of staff submitted, a measure of research power, LSE History ranks 4th in the UK

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For a  comprehensive guide to our four Master's programmes, including course information and how to apply, click on the link below. 

 
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Doing A levels and interested in studying Economic History? For a  comprehensive guide to our undergraduate programmes, including course information and how to apply, click on the link below. 

 

 

New first year EH core course begins in 2015-16 academic year.

The Preindustrial Economy of Europe,  taught by Professor Oliver Volckart,  is a new compulsory course for first year BSc Economic history students. The course surveys long-term processes of growth and development in late medieval and early modern Europe (fourteenth to eighteenth centuries). It focuses on the transition from a hierarchical society of estates or corporate orders to a market society based on legal equality. Read more about EH102 here.

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Undergraduates and postgraduates tell us about their experience of studying Economic History.

 
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British Economic Growth, 1270–1870

Authors: Stephen Broadberry, Bruce Campbell, Alexander Klein, Mark Overton, Bas van Leeuwen

A definitive new account of Britain's economic evolution from medieval backwater to global economy. The authors reconstruct Britain's national accounts for the first time right back into the thirteenth century showing what really happened quantitatively from the middle ages up until the Industrial Revolution.

 

 

 

 
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