The Economic History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been awarded two major grants to research global history and the nature of evidence.
Global Economic History Network
The Global Economic History Network (GEHN) has recently been formed, with the LSE Economic History Department and Professor Patrick O'Brien at its centre, using a Leverhulme Trust grant of £389,738.
The network aims to further our investigations into the past thousand years of material progress. Beginning with the reasons for the divergence in economic wealth and growth between two technologically advanced areas of Asia and Europe after the 18th century, and taking seriously that either region was ripe for modern economic growth, the network's questions move out to explore wider aspects of divergence in economic well-being over the very long term.
Global history marks a renaissance for universal history and the LSE GEHN initiative places economic aspects at its centre. This academic interchange grant held its first workshop in December at the LSE's Bankside site, to be followed over the next three years by exchange visits and workshops involving partners in Irvine, Osaka, Leiden, Konstanz, Dublin, Utrecht and Bombay.
The Nature of Evidence
The Economic History Department has also just gained another major Leverhulme Trust/ESRC grant of £781,150 from an open competition on 'The Nature of Evidence'. Under the banner How Well do 'Facts' Travel, the project involves five members of the faculty with Professor Mary Morgan named as principal investigator and will shortly be appointing four post-doctorates.
The research begins from an observation of everyday experience that, like gossip, 'facts' that travel rarely remain stable. The project will focus on the ways in which matters established as fact in one place or time lose, or retain, their status in another place or time. The research will explore the roles of tacit knowledge, specific cases, and other processes and means of knowledge transfer between social sciences, between social and natural science, and between the academic and policy fronts.
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14 November 2003