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Department of Economic History

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Economic History Department
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street


We are located in Sardinia House 


Head of Department
Professor Albrecht Ritschl

Departmental Manager

Jennie Stayner
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7857


MSc Programmes Manager
Tracy Keefe
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7860


Undergraduate Administrator
Helena Ivins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7110


Undergraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7955 7125


PhD Administrator
Loraine Long
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7046


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A version of Matteo Ricci's world map, created in China in 1602.

The Department of Economic History is home to a huge breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise ranging from the medieval period to the current century and covering every major world economy. It is one of the largest specialist departments in the country, with 25 full- and part-time time teachers, as well as visiting academics and researchers.

Epstein Lecture 2017

May 10 2017, 6.30pm

Venue: 32L LG04

Dr Kerstin Enflo of Lund University will give the department's annual lecture in memory of Professor Stephan 'Larry' Epstein.

Her lecture, 'Failed towns? Urbanisation and agricultural surplus in Sweden 1570-1810' analyses the causal link between agricultural surplus and urbanisation.  The Chair will be Simona Iammarino, Head of Department of Geography, LSE.



The 3rd LSE Interwar Economic History Workshop, sponsored by the Department’s Macrohist project, will take place on 25 and 26 May in 32L G03.  The keynote speakers this year will be Professor Kevin O’Rourke, Oxford, and Professor Harold James, Princeton.

For further information please contact either Enrique Jorge-Sotelo or Andrea Papadia

The programme is available here:

The annual LSE Graduate Workshop in Economic History will take place on 2 June 2017, in 32L LG18 from 9.30am.  The theme this year is Core, Periphery, and the Forging of an International Economy, 1880-1939.  Keynote speeches will be given by Dr Bernard Attard (Leicester) and Professor Janet Hunter (LSE). The full programme can be found here:

All are welcome, but interested participants should contact Brian Varian  by 19 May at the latest.

Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

The final conference of the Leverhulme funded international network will be held at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London on Friday 23rd June and Saturday 24th June 2017. The programme will include 8 presentations in comparative economic histories of the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the international economy at large.

Interested historians wishing to attend the conference should contact the Network's Research Facilitator: Mrs Priscilla Frost (p.m.frost@lse.ac.uk)

Congratulations to Dr Alejandra Irigoin who has been awarded a Levehulme Foundation two year grant.

Congratulations also to Professors Joan Roses and Patrick Wallis, and Visiting Professor Andrew Seltzer who have been appointed Fellows of the National Academy of Social Sciences.


The Economic History Department Flickr page  offers a glimpse into the department's past with its selection of photos of distinguished faculty members, some from the earliest days of the department. Portraits include Eileen Power (left), Professor of Economic History at LSE from 1931-1938, and Professor Eleanor Carus Wilson,  first lecturer (1945) then Reader (1948) in the department. 


The Master’s course in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” trains students to look at processes of globalisation in different academic ways. It combines approaches from Global History and International Studies. Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences and other disciplines contribute to a wide ranging academic programme.

LSESU Economic History Society Journal 2015-16

This year's journal showcasing a range of essays from LSE students, is now available online here.

Mary Morgan

Congratulations to Professor Mary Morgan who has been appointed to LSE's first Albert O. Hirschman Professorship.

LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, said: “It is wonderful to be able to honour one of LSE’s most distinguished former members and one of its most distinguished current members at the same time. Mary Morgan’s work on the changing ways in which economists think and work and how these shape their understanding of the world is in the best tradition of Albert Hirschman’s path-breaking inquiries.”


Economic History BSc programmes

Doing A levels and interested in studying Economic History? For a  comprehensive guide to our three undergraduate programmes, including course information and how to apply, click on the link below.

Economic History Master's Programmes

For a comprehensive guide to our five Master's programmes, including course information and how to apply, click on the link below. 

Doctoral Research at the Department of Economic History

As one of the largest Economic History departments in the world we offer unusually broad teaching and research expertise to our doctoral students. We invite applications from those wishing to carry out research within the wide spectrum of economic history.


Economic History Working Papers

You can read the latest Working Papers or consult our archive going back to 1998.


Latin America, Economic Imperialism and the State: the political economy of the external connection since Independence

Colin Lewis (with C. Abel, eds.), London 2015 

Lewis -ArgRlys

British Railways in Argentina, 1857-1914: a case study of foreign investment

Colin Lewis, London 2015.


British Economic Growth, 1270–1870

Authors: Stephen Broadberry, Bruce Campbell, Alexander Klein, Mark Overton, Bas van Leeuwen

A definitive new account of Britain's economic evolution from medieval backwater to global economy. The authors reconstruct Britain's national accounts for the first time right back into the thirteenth century showing what really happened quantitatively from the middle ages up until the Industrial Revolution.


Book now for Open Day 29 March 2017