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


Postgraduate enquiries
Tracy Keefe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860

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


Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 7955 7125


Departmental Manager
Linda Sampson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7084



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.

Global Indigo: Historical and contemporary perspectives

 A one day workshop on the history of indigo trade, production and consumption. 

Date and time: Saturday 2nd May, 9am-5pm

Venue: Rom 1.15 NAB, London School of Economics 

 Contact Professor Tirthankar Roy (t.roy@lse.ac.uk|) for more details or

Economic History of the Interwar Period

May 8-9, NAB 2.06, LSE

The keynote speakers will be Professor Barry Eichengreen (UC Berkeley) and Prof Albrecht Ritschl (LSE) . Everybody is welcome to attend.

This event has been organised by Economic History PhD students with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


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


Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1973-1815)

Thanks to generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust and support from LSE a network of European economic historians led by Patrick O'Brien has been formed to research and expose contrasts in the economic outcomes and potential for long term development for several major European economies flowing from the Napoleonic wars.

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


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


Are you 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. 

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.