Monetary and Financial History since 1750

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olivier Accominotti SAR 5.14


This course is available on the BSc in Economic History, BSc in Economic History with Economics and BSc in Economics and Economic History. This course is not available as an outside option nor 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.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

The two-hour seminar in ST will be a revision seminar.

There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of MT and LT.

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 2016/17: 15

Average class size 2016/17: 17

Capped 2016/17: Yes (17)

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