The Centre for Economic History, University of Reading

17 02 2012

AS: The University of Reading has long been known for research into business history.  Since 1997, there has been a Centre for International Business History within Reading’s Henley Business School. I note with interest that the university is now expanding its focus to include economic history as well. This is welcome news, as I feel that sometimes there aren’t enough conversations between business historians and economic historians. Anyway, I’m posting the programme of the  event that will mark the official launch of Reading’s Centre for Economic History. All of the papers look interesting, but I would imagine that the presentation by Harold James on the history of European  monetary integration will attract the most attention. That’s extremely topical research.

The Centre for Economic History, University of Reading

Launch Event

‘Crisis and change in historical perspective’

Friday 23rd March 2012, ICMA Centre.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for the launch of the Centre for Economic History at theUniversityofReading.

In the context of today’s climate of economic uncertainty we take a long historical perspective to examine and reflect upon crisis and change. Through presentations by leading academics followed by round table discussions by participants we will explore how the experiences of the past can inform our evaluation of the present.

09.30                              Registration

09.45                              Welcome

10.00               Prof Harold James,PrincetonUniversity

Making the European Monetary Union.

11.15                              Coffee

11.45               Prof Nick Mayhew, Winton Institute for Monetary History,Oxford

Money and prices in medieval and early modern England.

1.00                 Lunch

2.00                 Dr D’Maris Coffman, Centre for Financial History,Cambridge

Re-thinking the origins of the British public debt, 1643-1742.

3.00                 Prof Philip Cottrell,UniversityofLeicester

Banking in Greece during the 1880s

4.00                 Tea

4.30                                  Prof Brian Scott-Quinn, ICMA Centre,UniversityofReading

What financial crises all have in common or do they not have a common cause

6 pm           Drinks Reception and formal launch of the new Centre.

For further details of the day contact Margaret Yates:

To book a place contact Astrid House:



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