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

We are located in Sardinia House.

Departmental Tutor

Dr Gerben Bakker
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7047



Undergraduate Academic Officer

Dr Peter Cirenza
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6680



Undergraduate Administrator

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


For information regarding application to undergraduate programmes, please contact UG Admissions.







BSc Economic History Programmes

Economic History uses concepts and theories from the Social Sciences as a starting point for studying the development of real economies and understanding them in their social, political and cultural contexts.

As a discipline, Economic History combines the skills not just of the economist and historian, but also the statistician and the sociologist. Typical issues are: economic globalisation in a historical perspective, the effect of business organisation on economic performance, the economic and social effects of wars, the importance of education and human capital in economic change, change in social behaviour in the past, the history of economic development in the third world, and the causes of population change and migration.

Our students gain a range of research skills including numeracy, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present an argument orally or on paper. These skills are highly valued by most employers.

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The Economic History department offers three undergraduate programmes:

  • BSc Economic History - Students take core courses in economic history and economics, plus two options from any of the first year courses made available by other departments. In the Second year you take one compulsory course, Theories and Evidence in Economic History, plus three courses, at least two of which have to be in economic history. In the third year, you choose three courses in economic history and submit a 10,000 word project.
  • BSc Economic History with Economics - In this degree, economics is a minor subject. You would take two economic history courses, and an option from another subject area at LSE, with only one economic principles course. In the third year, you would only need to take one further economic principles course.
  • BSc Economics and Economic History - This joint degree is an alternative way of studying economics. It will appeal if you want training in the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to real problems.

Within the degrees students may choose between 'economic' courses, 'quantitative' and 'non-quantitative' courses, as well as from a range of geographical areas and time periods. For a more structured degree with less choice students should consider one of the joint degrees.

All degrees involve studying twelve courses over the three years. 

Economic History Department Courses 2017-2018

Please note that course availability for non-compulsory courses varies from year to year.

* = non-compulsory

First year

  • *EH101 The Internationalization of Economic Growth (Compulsory for BSc Economic History, BSc Economic History with Economics, BSc Economics and Economic History)
  • EH102 The Preindustrial Economy. (Compulsory for BSc Economic History, also available to BSc Economic History with Economics)

Second Year

  • EH204 Money and Finance: From the Middle Ages to Modernity
  • EH207 The Making of an Economic Superpower: China since 1850
  • EH211 Africa and the World Economy, 1500-2000 (n/a 17/18)
  • EH225 Latin America and the International Economy (n/a 17/18)
  • *EH237 Theories and Methods in Economic History
  • EH238 The Industrial Revolution
  • EH240 Business and Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context

Third Year

  • EH304 The Economic History of North America: from Colonial Times to the Cold War
  • EH306  Monetary and Financial History since 1750 
  • EH307   The Economic History of South Asia 1600-2000 (n/a 17/18)
  • EH308 Historical Economic Geography: Cities, Markets and Regions in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • EH309  Slavery from Ancient Greece to the Gulag (n/a 2017/18)
  • EH325 Issues in Modern Japanese Economic Development: Late Industrialisation, Imperialism and High Speed Growth
  • EH326 Innovation and Its Finance in the 19th and 20th Centuries 
  • EH327 China's Traditional Economy and its Growth in the Very Long-Term (m/a 17/18)
  • EC311 History of Economics: How Theories Change
  • *EH390 Dissertation in Economic or Social History (required for BSc Economic History, BSc Economic History with Economics, BSc Economics and Economic History)