Core seminar in Economic and Social History - 2018


Seminars begin at 5pm in the Old Library, Darwin College (entrance on Silver Street). Each seminar is followed by drinks and (usually) dinner with the speaker. All welcome!

4 October

Professor Pat Thane (King’s College London)

Divided Kingdom: inequalities in the UK since 1900.


11 October

Dr Lucy Newton (University of Reading)

Women in banking: the introduction of the ‘Personal Banker’ at Barclays Bank in the 1970s


18 October

Professor Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University)

Opening the black box of the common-law legal regime: contrasts in the development of corporate law in Britain and the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


25 October

Professor Patrick O’Brien (London School of Economics)

Britain's wars with France, 1793-1815 and their contribution to the consolidation of the Industrial Revolution


1 November

No seminar (Professor Avner Offer will give an Ellen McArthur lecture)


8 November

No seminar (Professor Avner Offer will give an Ellen McArthur lecture)


15 November

Dr Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (University of Amsterdam)

Conflict management in northern Europe, 1350-1570


22 November

Dr Eilidh Garrett (Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure)

Movers and stayers: populations, movement and measurement in historical demography.


29 November

Professor John Styles (University of Hertfordshire)

Inducements to technical innovation in the British Industrial Revolution: markets, materiality and the invention of the spinning jenny.



This seminar is a combination of 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 Centre for History and Economics; the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure; and the Centre for African History. Their specialist seminar programmes do not run in Michaelmas term, but each meets separately again in Lent and (sometimes) Easter. The core seminar is grateful for the support of Darwin College and for the generosity of the Trevelyan Fund.

Seminar coordinators:Duncan Needham (, Amy Erickson (, and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (

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