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Information for Offer Holders 2022-23

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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.

Please also refer back regularly to the School's coronavirus response pages, as they will be updated to reflect any change in guidance.

Welcome Toolkit

The first few days of term can be a little overwhelming, so please take a good look at the School's Welcome Toolkit.  You will find lots of useful information including tips from current students, and details of events that might be of interest.

Students with disabilities

There is no requirement for you to let us know about your disability, however, telling us in good time will allow us to make reasonable adjustments and provide you with the support you are entitled to.  Please take some time to read the Disability and Wellbeing Services information pages.


For full details on registration procedure read the School's Taught Graduate Registration page.

Induction meetings 

Welcome Week for the 22/23 academic year will take place from 19-24 September 2022.

There will be an induction for each programme led by the Postgraduate Programmes Director, Professor Olivier Accominotti. This will cover the key information about your programme and the Department followed by a Q&A session. This also gives you the opportunity to meet your fellow students before the start of term.

You should attend the induction for your programme and the general induction for all MSc students.

MSc Economic History Programme Induction: 10:30 - 11:30 21/09/22 (NAB 1.17 - New Academic Building)

MSc Economic History (Research) Programme Induction: 11:30 - 12:30 21/09/22 (NAB 1.17 - New Academic Building)

MSc Financial History Programme Induction: 12:30 - 13:30 21/09/22 (MAR 1.07 - The Marshall Building)

MSc Political Economy of Late Development Programme Induction 15:00 - 16:00 21/09/22 (MAR 1.07 - The Marshall Building)

MSc Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus) Programme Induction: 16:00 - 17:00 21/09/22 (MAR 1.07 - The Marshall Building)

A more general introduction to the Department for all MSc students will be held from 16:00 - 18:00 on 22/09/22 in CLM 5.02 (Clement House). At this meeting you will meet faculty members, as well as representatives from the Library, Careers, Volunteering, and Languages among others. This meeting will be followed by a drinks reception at a nearby venue to be confirmed closer to the time.

A campus map can be found here.

An Introduction to Senate House and IHR Libraries

Information will be posted here when finalised.

Academic Mentors

You will be informed of your Academic Mentor at your programme induction or shortly afterwards, and he/she will contact you to arrange a first meeting.  You should be able to see your mentor at any mutually convenient time: just email him/her to make an appointment. All staff set aside regular times each week to see students. These can be viewed on this page and no appointment is necessary. 

Click on the link below for information on programmes and course availability:

Programmes and Course Availability 2022-23

Guidance on Graduate Course Choice and seminar sign-up procedure is here. Please read this guidance carefully to ensure you understand requirements and are aware of the deadlines.

Please note that not all courses will be offered every year.  Courses are selected online via LSE For You at the beginning Week 0 (w/c 20th September), and allocation to courses will be confirmed by the end of that week.  Please ensure you follow the procedure to avoid disappointment.

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

A list of Frequently Asked questions can be found here.

Preliminary Reading

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. 

In addition to the books listed here, students following MSc Political Economy of Late Development are advised to read these two books prior to starting DV400:

Chang, Ha-joon (2014), Economics: The User's Guide (Penguin); and

Kohli, A (2004), State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialisation in the Global Periphery (CUP)

For preliminary readings relating to individual courses please follow this link.

  • 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. & Kaoru Sugihara (eds.) Labour-intensive industrialisation in Global History (London: Routledge 2013).
  • Baten, Joerg (2016), A History of the Global Economy. Cambridge.
  • 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.
  • Floud, Roderick, Fogel, Robert, Harris, Bernard, and Hong, Sok Chul (2011), The Changing Body: health, nutrition, and human development in the western world since 1700. Cambridge.
  • 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.
  • Herschman, Albert O. (2013), The Passions and the Interests: political arguments for capitalism before its triumph. Princeton.
  • Hobson, John M. (2021) Multicultural Origins of the Global Economy, Beyond the Western-Centric Frontier. CUP.
  • King, Mervyn (2016), The End of Alchemy: money, banking and the future.  Little, Brown.
  • Livi-Bacci, Massimo (2012), A Concise History of World Population.  Wiley Blackwell.
  • 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.
  • Von Glahn, Richard (2016), The Economic History of China from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (CUP)
  • Yun-Casalilla, B. and O’Brien, P. (2011), The Rise of Fiscal States: A Global History, 1500-1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Programme Handbooks

Programme handbooks for 2022-23 will be published here when finalised.



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