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


We are located in Sardinia House 


Head of Department
Professor Albrecht Ritschl

Departmental Manager

Jennie Stayner
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7857


MSc Programmes Manager
Tracy Keefe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860


Undergraduate Administrator
Helena Ivins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7110


Undergraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7955 7125


PhD Administrator
Loraine Long
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7046


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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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The Economy of South Asia: From 1950 to the Present

Professor Tirthankar Roy

Professor Roy's new book offers a new interpretion of the historical roots of economic growth across South Asia, examining how and why, despite differences in political experience between these countries, similarities in resources and markets could produce similar trajectories. 


Narrative Science

Lead Investigator: Professor Mary Morgan

What do scientists gain from using narratives, what functions do narratives play?Narratives have appeared in many places in the human, social and natural sciences over the past two centuries yet we lack an account of what kinds of thing scientists know from using narrative and how such ‘narrative knowing’ is constituted. Indeed, with the notable exceptions of medicine and evolutionary biology, even the study of those fields’ narratives - as narratives - has been largely ignored by both historians of science and narrative scholars.  The 'Narrative Science' project explores the role of narrative in modern science. 

The project is currently seeking to recruit three post-doctoral researchers and one Research Fellow to help manage the project: 

Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

The final conference of the Leverhulme funded international network will be held at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London on Friday 23rd June and Saturday 24th June 2017. The programme will include 8 presentations in comparative economic histories of the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the international economy at large.

Interested historians wishing to attend the conference should contact the Network's Research Facilitator: Mrs Priscilla Frost (p.m.frost@lse.ac.uk)

Congratulations to Dr Alejandra Irigoin who has been awarded a Leverhulme Foundation two year grant.

Congratulations also to Professors Joan Roses and Patrick Wallis, and Visiting Professor Andrew Seltzer who have been appointed Fellows of the National Academy of Social Sciences.


The Economic History Department Flickr page  offers a glimpse into the department's past with its selection of photos of distinguished faculty members, some from the earliest days of the department. Portraits include Eileen Power (left), Professor of Economic History at LSE from 1931-1938, and Professor Eleanor Carus Wilson,  first lecturer (1945) then Reader (1948) in the department. 


The Master’s course in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” trains students to look at processes of globalisation in different academic ways. It combines approaches from Global History and International Studies. Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences and other disciplines contribute to a wide ranging academic programme.

LSESU Economic History Society Journal 2015-16

This year's journal showcasing a range of essays from LSE students, is now available online here.

Economic History BSc programmes

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

Economic History Master's Programmes

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

Doctoral Research at the Department of Economic History

As one of the largest Economic History departments in the world we offer unusually broad teaching and research expertise to our doctoral students. We invite applications from those wishing to carry out research within the wide spectrum of economic history.


Economic History Working Papers

You can read the latest Working Papers or consult our archive going back to 1998.


Latin America, Economic Imperialism and the State: the political economy of the external connection since Independence

Colin Lewis (with C. Abel, eds.), London 2015 

Lewis -ArgRlys

British Railways in Argentina, 1857-1914: a case study of foreign investment

Colin Lewis, London 2015.


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.