Core seminar in Economic and Social History - 2013

Seminars begin at 5pm in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall.

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Each seminar will be followed by drinks and, usually, by dinner with the speaker. All welcome!

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Thursday 10th October
Dr Cordelia Beattie (Edinburgh)
Coverture: The Medieval Perspective


Thursday 17th October
Professor Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Carlos III University, Madrid)
Assessing economic freedom in historical perspective: the experience of OECD countries


Thursday 24th October
Dr Alice Reid (Cambridge)
Call the midwife: death in childbirth in historical perspective


Thursday 31st October
Professor Harry X. Wu (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo)
Rethinking China's Path of Industrialization – The Role of State and Institutions


Thursday 7th November
(*NB change of venue: Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall*)
Dr Craig Muldrew (Cambridge)
From Mercantilism to Macroeconomics


Thursday 14th November
(*NB change of venue: Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall*)
Professor Ian Gazeley (Sussex)
The Poor and the Poorest fifty years on


Thursday 21st November
Professor David Ormrod (Kent)
'Estate Reconstitution' and the Separation of Town and Countryside: the case of Kent's rural-urban fringe, 1577-1914


Thursday 28th November
Professor Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck)
Throwaway Society? Writing a new history of consumption in the early twenty-first century


Thursday 5th December
Dr Peter Sarris (Cambridge)
The Economics of Salvation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

The core seminar combines eight seminar programmes: medieval economic and social history; early modern economic and social history; modern economic and social history; quantitative history; the Centre for Financial History; the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure; the Centre for Quantitative Economic History; and the Centre for History and Economics. Their specialist seminar programmes will not be running in Michaelmas 2013, but each seminar will meet separately again in Lent and (sometimes) Easter 2014; details will be available online. The core seminar is grateful for the support of Trinity Hall and for the generosity of the Managers of the Trevelyan Fund.

Seminar co-ordinators:
Siān Pooley (
Leigh Shaw-Taylor (

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