Economic History

'Great activity in Wall Street', published in New York Herald, March 19, 1908. Library of Congress.

Four historians consider whether the sudden collapse of the world economy caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will be followed by an equally dramatic resurgence.

The Money Changers, Marinus van Reymerswaele (follower of), c. 1548. Wiki Commons.

When we ask historians which genre of history they like least, the most common answer is ‘economic’. Is the field unjustly maligned?

 "Wall Street bubbles - Always the same". American financier J. P. Morgan is depicted as a bull, blowing soap bubbles for eager investors, 22 May 1901.

A new book is a paean to American capitalism.

Illustration by Ben Jones.

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

In the early 19th century ‘filthy rags’ – or banknotes – 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