Professor Oliver Volckart

Professor Oliver Volckart

Professor of Economic History

Department of Economic History

+44 (0)20 7955 7861
Room No
SAR 6.10
Office Hours
Wednesday 11:00-13:30
German, Norwegian
Key Expertise
Economic History, Pre- Modern, History of Monetary History

About me

Research interests

Late medieval and early modern economic history; the Holy Roman Empire; economic and specifically monetary politics. 

Current projects

The creation of a common German currency, early 16th to mid-19th century; state formation and market integration.


EH102 Pre-industrial Economic History

EH204 Money and Finance: From the Middle Ages to Modernity

Select publications - please also see highlighted publications:

(with G. Federico and M.-S. Schulze) "European Goods Market Integration in the Very Long Run: From the Black Death to the First World War", forthcoming in Journal of Economic History (2021).

"The Dear Old Holy Roman Realm: How Does it Hold Together? Monetary Policies, Cross-cutting Cleavages and Political Cohesion in the Age of Reformation",  in German History 38,4 (2020).

"Bimetallism and its Discontents: Cooperation and Coordination Failure in the Empire’s Monetary Policies, 1549-59", in Journal of Social and Economic History 105,2 (2018), pp. 201-220.

(with M.-S. Schulze and D. Chilosi) "Benefits of Empire: Capital market integration north and south of the Alps, 1350-1800", in The Journal of Economic History 78,3 (2018), pp. 637-672.

Wettbewerb und Wettbewerbsbeschränkung im vormodernen Deutschland, 1000 bis 1800 (Die Einheit der Gesellschaftswissenschaften 122, ed. by Karl Homann), Tübingen 2002 (Mohr-Siebeck).

View Professor Volckart's CV here: Professor Oliver Volckart CV


Expertise Details

Economic History (from a New Institutional Economics perspective); early modern Continental European History; late medieval Continental European History; pre-modern constitutional history