The Department of Economic History examines economies from the medieval period to the current century, striving to understand the social, political and cultural forces that drive economic development. Students will confront practical questions about real economies, investigating the reasons for rich and poor countries, the history of technology and innovation and global economic crises.
Listen to our taster lecture to find out more about studying economic history at LSE.
Students studying the Department's joint honours programmes, BSc Economic History and Geography or BSc Economics and Economic History, will take compulsory and optional courses from each field. BSc Economic History and Geography students will study the economies of cities, trade and the housing market, exploring the historical impact of economic and social geography on societal change. The BSc Economics and Economic History programme requires students to interpret the historical development of economies.
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