The Joint Centre for History and Economics is based at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge, and at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. It was established in 1991 to promote research and education in fields of importance for historians and economists. Its aim is to provide a forum in which scholars can address some of their common concerns, whether through the application of economic concepts to historical problems, through the history of economic and social thought, or through economic history.

The objective of the Centre is to encourage fundamental research in each of the two disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance. These include economic security, globalization in historical perspective, poverty and inequality, and the relationship between politics and religion. In cooperation with its counterpart Centre at Harvard, the Cambridge Centre undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars and exchanges of faculty and graduate students. It provides the base for the History Project, and for current research projects on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas; Sites of Asian Interaction: Networks, Ideas, Archives; The Interaction between Political, Economic and Religious Ideas; India in the Global World; and SEATIDE.


Coins of the Month - April 2014

Scottish currency before and after the Act of Union

King Robert
King James
Phoenix Iron-works


Recent Centre Books

Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries
Astrid Kander, Paolo Malanima
& Paul Warde
Crossing the Bay of Bengal The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants
Sunil S. Amrith

Lisbon rising: Urban social movements in the Portuguese Revolution, 1974–75
Pedro Ramos Pinto

An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions
Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen


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Next Centre Seminar

6 May 2014
Catherine Merridale (Queen Mary, University of London)
Red Fortress: History and Illusion in Russia

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Next Centre Event

Petitions and Political Culture in South Asia
4 - 5 June 2014

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History Project

The History Project, in cooperation with the History Department at Yale University and the Joint Center for History and Economics, will hold its third conference on October 17-18, 2014 at Yale University.

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Recent News

» The Centre is delighted to congratulate Ira Katznelson, Research Associate of the Centre, on the award of the 2014 Bancroft Prize for Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

» The Joint Centre is pleased to announce a new website in connection with the Energy History Project.

» The Centre is pleased to welcome Naila Maier-Knapp, SEATIDE Postdoctoral Research Fellow in connection with the programme on National and Transnational Exchange of Information.

» The Joint Center is pleased to announce a new website on Visualizing Historical Networks.

» We are delighted to announce that Paul Warde, Joint Centre Associate Research Fellow, and his collaborator Astrid Kander, Lund University, have been awarded a major grant by the Swedish Research Council for a new research project on historical energy and trade flows. The project will be undertaken over the period 2014-17.

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