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Economic History

In the early 19th century ‘filthy rags’ – or bank notes – became a common form of currency. A surge in forgery followed, accompanied by a surge in harsh prosecutions. How did we get from gold to paper?

From Elizabethan laws to modern food campaigns: the long history of Britain's patriotic consumers.

Attempts to control the spread of bank note forgery in India have proven ineffective and dangerous.

The life and thought of the father of modern economics, and the competing claims for his legacy. 

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 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.