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; and SEATIDE.


Coin of the Month - September 2014

The Latin Monetary Union (LMU) Part Three:
Decline, neutralization and dissolution of the LMU (1870-1926)


Recent Centre Books

Histories of Health in Southeast Asia: Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century
Tim Harper and Sunil Amrith (eds.)

Sites of Asian Interaction: Ideas, Networks and Mobility
Tim Harper and Sunil Amrith (eds.)

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

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Recent News

» 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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» The Joint Centre is delighted to congratulate Tyler Goodspeed, Research Associate of the Harvard Center and Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre, 2008-2009, on the award of the 2014 Alexander Gerschenkron Prize of the Economic History Association "for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada."

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

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