The University of Cambridge has long been one of the world’s leading centres for the study of economic and social history. The first Professor of Economic History, Sir J.H. Clapham, appointed in 1928, was an early pioneer of quantitative history. Deane and Cole’s path-breaking work on British economic growth and the Cambridge Group’s work on population history are amongst the most important contributions to post-war economic history.
The discipline continues to thrive and today there are over thirty economic and social historians in the University, spread across a number of departments, but with a particular concentration in History, Economics and Geography. This probably constitutes the largest concentration of economic and social historians in the U.K.
The research environment is exceptionally diverse but there are particular strengths in demographic history, long-term economic development, the history of economic thought and the relationship between the state, culture and economic history. There is an exceptionally stimulating seminar program with six research seminars in economic and social history.