Monetary and Financial History since 1750

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olivier Accominotti CMK.C216


This course is available on the BSc in Economic History, BSc in Economic History with Economics, BSc in Economics and Economic History and BSc in Economics with Economic History. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course covers international Monetary and Financial History since the mid-18th century. The course is designed to introduce students to the key issues around globalised finance and money. It will look into the rise and eventual demise of the Gold Standard, the emergence and occurrence of financial crises, the globalisation and geography of financial markets, and changes in policy responses and regulation over time.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

20 lectures and 20 classes across the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. A one-hour revision lecture and a one-hour revision class will be held in the Summer Term.

Formative coursework

During the course students are expected to write three essays or equivalent pieces of written work

Indicative reading

Kindleberger, Manias, Panics, and Crashes, Ferguson, Ascent of Money, Foreman-Peck, History of the World Economy, Eichengreen, Golden Fetters, Eichengreen, Globalising Capital.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2012/13: 24

Average class size 2012/13: 24

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills