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75th Anniversary Collection – Living Economic and Social History Historians explain their interest in, and the nature of, their subject

This volume of essays, edited on behalf of the Society by Pat Hudson (Vice-President of the Society), and with the assistance of Rachel Bowen, was published in 2001 to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Economic History Society.

An online copy of the volume can be found here.

If you wish a hard copy: price to members of the Economic History Society: £10 (plus £2.50 p&p). Price to other individuals and institutions: £15 (plus £2.50 p&p).

NB £2.50 covers postage of up to 5 copies.

Copies may be ordered from:
Maureen Galbraith
Economic History Society
Dept of Economic & Social History
University of Glasgow
Lilybank House, Bute Gardens
Glasgow G12 8RT
Email: ehsocsec@arts.gla.ac.uk

Payment may be made by Bank transfer or cheque, payable to: ‘Economic History Society’.

Living Economic and Social History

(Economic History Society, Glasgow, 2001, pp. xvi+480, ISBN: 0-9540216-0-6)


Gerald Aylmer, Maurice Beresford, Y.S. Brenner, A.R. Bridbury, Steven Broadberry, Stephen Caunce, Christopher Chalklin, Martin Chick, L.A. Clarkson, François Crouzet, L.M. Cullen, Lance Davis, Lord Meghnad Desai, Marguerite Dupree, Jan de Vries, Christopher Dyer, Stanley Engerman, Alan Everitt, Douglas Farnie, Marc Flandreau, Roderick Floud, James Foreman-Peck, Mark Freeman, W.R. Garside, Edwin Green, Knick Harley, Mark Harrison, Negley Harte, Max Hartwell, Michael Havinden, Riitta Hjerppe, R.L. Hills, Paul Hohenberg, Colin Holmes, Anthony Howe, Pat Hudson, Janet Hunter, Harold James, Bernard Jennings, David J. Jeremy, Christine Johnstone, W.P. Kennedy, Eric Kerridge, Charles P. Kindleberger, Steve King, D.S. Landes, A.J.H. Latham, Anne Laurence, Richard Lawton, Clive Lee, Christopher Lloyd, Paolo Malanima, J.D. Marshall, Peter Mathias, Bob Millward, Ranald Michie, Giorgio Mori, P.K. O’Brien, Avner Offer, Helen Paul, Karl Gunnar Persson, Robin Pearson, George Peden, Harold Perkin, Richard Perren, Brian Phillips, N.J.G. Pounds, Roger L. Ransom, Alastair Reid, Eric Richards, W.W. Rostow, E. Royle, W.D. Rubinstein, Osamu Saito, Michael Sanderson, John Saville, Pam Sharpe, Rick Steckel, Victor Skipp, Barry Supple, Richard Sylla, Rick Szostak, Eric Taplin, Yoshiteru Takei, Alice Teichova, Joan Thirsk, F.M.L. Thompson, Janet Tierney, Richard Tilly, Steve Tolliday, B.R. Tomlinson, Jim Tomlinson, Gabriel Tortella, Rick Trainor, G.N. von Tunzelmann, Hans-Joachim Voth, Immanuel Wallerstein, Malcolm Wanklyn, Ron Weir, Chris Wrigley.

With an introductory essay on the History of the Economic History Society, 1926-2001 by Negley Harte and appendices listing biographical references to 400 past and present practitioners of the discipline, compiled by Douglas Farnie.


In Living Economic and Social History 103 contributors discuss the nature of economic and social history, past, present and future. Several trace their early influences and relate changes in the discipline to their own career path, memories and reflections. Many write of the key relationship between history and economics, particularly what historical study can bring to the discipline of economics. Others praise the broad church nature of the subject, and of the Society, emphasising the place of social history and the relationship between economic and social history and other social sciences. Several contributors write, above all, of the need for economic history to be accessible, appealing and entertaining whilst addressing big moral questions.

Like history itself, the essays can be read in many ways. They can be analysed in relation to their theoretical and empirical content; prosopographically, as a (possibly unique?) exercise in the collective biography of a profession; as a series of statements about the state of economic history and its links to other subjects. But, like history, they can also be approached in another way. They can simply be enjoyed, for what they are: stories, reflections and recollections, critical, speculative, entertaining, personal and human. There are Klondike spaces, Damascus roads, love affairs, unintended consequences, paths, patterns, dialogues, lives and livelihoods. We meet parachutists and truffle hunters, ‘big think’ and ‘little think’ types. From Japan to Italy via Australia, France, Spain, Finland, Germany, North America and Great Britain: an intellectual odyssey, encounters with ‘poseurs’, giants, explorers, martyrs, saggar makers’ bottom knockers and other ordinary folk.