Economic History

Every year enough raw cotton is produced for each person in the world to consume 20 T-shirts. Cotton is one of the most common commodities; even...

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that ‘money often costs too much’, a sentiment that would have rung true to governing politicians in the early years...

Since antiquity, moneymen have been the target of vitriol. 

Wars have left their impact in Sheffield, and the Crimean War perhaps more than any. W.H.G. Armytage marks the metamorphosis of a large-scale industrial city

During the fifteenth century, writes Christopher Hibbert, the Medici banking house in Florence ‘almost passed belief’ in power and influence.

Alan Wharham describes how the tithing system, by which the Anglican Church took a regular share of the hard-working farmer’s produce, was not finally abolished until 1936.

After 1807, writes A.J.H. Latham, a Liverpool merchant and a Nigerian chieftain both profited from the palm-oil trade.

How one company opened an entire sub-continent to economic and political development, with huge ramifications for India, Britain, and the world.

The opening battle of the First World War was won by the Bank of England before the British had so much as fired a shot.

The early British engineers were masters of precise machinery; L.T.C. Rolt describes how sophisticated mass-production overtook them from America.

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