Economic History

Does Boom Always Follow Bust?

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 Two Prices of Soy

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

Satan’s Bank Note

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?

Buying British

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

Black Money

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

Sheffield and the Crimean War

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