Offer Holders 2015-16

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Before You Leave Home

Make sure you regularly check the dedicated Students Services web-pages.  You will find lots of useful information that will help you to prepare for your time at LSE.


Full details on registration procedure will be available soon:

Induction meetings

 Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - individual programme inductions:

  • MSc Economic History – 11.30am, OLD 410
  • MSc Economic History (Research) – 1pm, OLD 222
  • MSc Global History & MA Global Studies – 4pm, OLD127
  • MSc Political Economy of Late Development* – 2.30pm, OLD 328

*students following MSc Political Economy of Late Development are also advised to attend induction events organised by the Department of International Development . Click here for details:


Thursday 24th September 2015 - general department induction:

  • All MSc students - 1pm, TW1 G01

A start of year party to welcome all new and continuing students will be held in Week 3. Details will be sent out to all students as soon as they are confirmed. 

Academic Advisers 

You will be informed of your Academic  Advisers at your programme induction, and he/she will contact you shortly afterwards to arrange a first meeting.  All Academic Advisers set aside regular times each week to see students without appointment.  If you cannot make these times, you should contact your Academic Adviser to arrange a more convenient time.

Useful Links

Please note the Department cannot advise on accommodation, fees or visas. Please contact the relevant department:

Programmes and Course Availability 2015-16

Programme syllabi will be posted here when finalised.

Please note that not all courses will be offered every year.  Courses are selected online via LSE For You, with final choices to be made by the end of Week 1, Michaelmas Term. 

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the programme regulations.

Guidance on Graduate Course Choice can be found here.

Preliminary Reading

The following is a list of general Economic History books that you might want to take a look at before you arrive at LSE. Please note, these books are listed as a general introduction to Economic History and may not appear on the reading lists of the courses that you actually take - they are presented as a starting point. Please see the link below for preliminary readings relating to individual courses:

  • Acemoglu, D. and Robinson, J. (2012), Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, London: Profile.
  • Allen, R.C. (2009), The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Austin, Gareth M. Markets, Slaves and States in West African History, c.1450 to the present (Cambridge: CUP 2013)
  • Austin, Gareth M. & Kaoru Sugihara (eds.) Labour-intensive industrialisation in Global History (London: Routledge 2013).
  • Broadberry, S. and O’Rourke, K. (eds.) (2010), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Crafts, N.F.R. and Fearon, P. (2013), The Great Depression of the 1930s: Lessons for Today, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Darwin, J. (2007), After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000, London: Allen Lane.
  • Engerman, Stanley L. & Kenneth L. Sokoloff Economic Development in the Americas since 1500: endowments and institutions (Cambridge: CUP/NBER 2012).
  • Findlay, R. and O’Rourke, K. (2009), Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (Princeton Economic History of the Western World), Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Greif, A. (2006) Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hatcher, J. and Bailey, M (2001), Modelling the Middle Ages: The History and Theory of England’s Economic Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Mackenzie, D (2006), An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
  • Morgan, Mary S. (2012), The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • North, D.C., Wallis, J.J. and Weingast, B. (2009), Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, Cambridge; Cambridge University Press.
  • Parthasarathi, P. (2011), Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Divergence, 1600-1850, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pomeranz, K. (2000), The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Reinhart, C.M. and Rogoff, K.S. (2009), This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Rosenthal, J-L and Wong, R. Bin (2011), Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe, Harvard University Press.
  • Roy, T. (2012), India in the World Economy: From Antiquity to the Present (New Approaches to Asian History), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Yun-Casalilla, B. and O’Brien, P. (2011), The Rise of Fiscal States: A Global History, 1500-1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.