Monetary and Financial History since 1750

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Olivier Accominotti SAR 5.14 and Dr Natacha Postel-Vinay SAR 6.13


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.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 40 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. The two-hour seminar in ST will be a revision seminar.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas and Lent 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.


Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2021/22: 9

Average class size 2021/22: 9

Capped 2021/22: Yes (18)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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