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Economic History

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Who cares whether China stops buying soy from the United States? History suggests we all should.

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.

Nardendra Modi in 2014.

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

Cosimo di Medici goes into exile

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.