H.E.D.G.
History and Economic Development Group

The HISTORY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP (formerly the Third World Economic History Group) is a UK-based academic network. Under its original name of the Third World Economic History Group it held a series of major residential conferences around the UK from the 1970s to the early 1990s. In the 1980s and early 1990s the Group ran a series of one-day workshops, held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, on specific topics in comparative Third World economic history. 

This inspired the Seminar on Comparative Economic History of Africa, Asia and Latin America, which currently runs in the Lent and Summer terms at the London School of Economics (check the curren program here). The present policy of the Group is to hold a one-day workshop each year in London, and to encourage related events around the UK and beyond. Past conferences resulted in some major publications. But the purpose of the Group has always been much broader: to facilitate and promote discussion (especially informal) of and research in the history of economic development beyond the traditional terrain of economic historians, Western Europe and North America. The Group is affiliated to the Development Studies Association.

                                                                                Contact us

Last update January 2004. Any comments on this web site please contact HEDG-request@jiscmail.ac.uk

 

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2004 Lent term seminar program   NEW!  

 

The programs of our past seminars, workshops and round tables can be reviewed here:
In some cases it is also possible to link to the papers presented 

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2003 Summer term seminar program 
2003 Lent term seminar program

2002 Summer term seminar program 
2002 Lent term seminar program 

2001 Summer term seminar program
2001 May Workshop Program

2000 Michaelmas term special seminar program
2000 Summer term seminar 
2000 May Workshop program

1999 Lent term seminar program

 

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PUBLICATIONS: The last three of the Group’s occasional residential conferences led (after extensive revision) to the following edited volumes:

I. Brown, ed., The Economies of Africa and Asia in the Inter-war Depression (Routledge: London and New York, 1989).

G. Austin & K. Sugihara, eds, Local Suppliers of Credit in the Third World, 1750-1960 (Macmillan and St. Martin’s: London and New York, 1993).

J. Harriss, J. Hunter & C. M. Lewis, eds, The New Institutional Economics and Third World Development (Routledge: London and New York, 1995).

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The best way of getting in touch is to join the HEDG discussion list

The HEDG committee is composed by the following people:

William G. Clarence-Smith (SOAS), Chair, wc2@soas.ac.uk

Kent Deng (LSE), Secretary, K.Deng@lse.ac.uk

Janet Hunter (LSE), Treasurer, J.E.Hunter@lse.ac.uk

Barbara Ingham (Salford), DSA liaison,

 

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

SEMINAR ON THE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

LENT TERM PROGRAMME 2004
Alternate Tuesdays: 17.15 - 19.00 At LSE, St. Clement’s Building, Room S.421

This year the seminar makes a temporary departure from its usual ‘comparative’ mode, and instead presents contributions reflecting current research on a variety of issues. The philosophy of the seminar remains that research on one part of what we used to call ‘The Third World’ should be of interest to those who work on other parts of it.

20 JANUARY: Masahiro Sato (Hitotsubashi and Oxford), 'Enumerating the Nation: Planning for Japan's First Modern Census'

3 FEBRUARY: Torbjörn Engdahl (Uppsala and LSE), ‘African Money and Credit, Colonial Debt and Imperial Finance’

17 FEBRUARY: Lakshmi Subramanian (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta), ‘A Trial in Transition:Courts, Merchants and Identities in western India, circa 1800’

2  MARCH: Sérgio de Oliveria Birchal (FEAD, Ibmec and LSE), ‘The Transnationalisation of Industry in Brazil: the Case of the Food and Tobacco Sector’

16 MARCH: Peter Cain (Sheffield Hallam), ‘A Question of Character: British Officials and the Economic Administration of Egypt, c1878-1914’

ADVANCE AVAILABILITY OF PAPERS: Where possible, copies will be made available for collection a few days in advance from a tray outside Room C.419, or be e-mailed to people committing themselves to attending the seminar (requests to address below).

ENQUIRIES: to Gareth Austin (g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk)

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN
AMERICA

SUMMER TERM PROGRAMME 2003
Alternate Tuesdays: 17.15 19.00
At LSE, St. Clement’s Building, Room S.421

VIOLENCE, OPIUM AND STATE-BUILDING

6 MAY 2003: Lars Laamann (SOAS), ‘Narcotics in China: consumption patterns from
the eighteenth to the twentieth century’

20 MAY 2003: Richard Reid (Durham), ‘From “savages with spears” to “bald men with
combs”: understanding the economics of East African warfare’

3 JUNE 2003: Keiko Kiyotaki (LSE), ‘Tribes and state formation in Ottoman
Iraq,1831-1872’

17 JUNE 2003: William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS), ‘Animals of war in
pre-colonial Southeast Asia’

1 JULY 2003: HILDA SABATO (Berlin), ‘The citizen in arms: political violence and
revolutions in nineteenth-century Argentina’

ADVANCE AVAILABILITY OF PAPERS: Where possible, copies will be made
available for collection a few days in advance from a tray outside Room
C.419 (or could be sent by e-mail attachment to people committing themselves
to attending the seminar (requests to address below).

ENQUIRIES: to Gareth Austin (g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk)

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY


SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

REVISED LENT TERM PROGRAMME 2003
Alternate Tuesdays: 17.15 - 19.00
At LSE, St. Clement's Building, Room S.421

THE STATE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE 20TH-CENTURY 'THIRD WORLD' - RECONSIDERED

21 JANUARY: Ame Rosa Berges (Latin American Centre, University of Oxford), 'State, Development and Trends in Productivity in Latin America during the Twentieth Century'.

11 FEBRUARY 2003: David Clayton (University of York), 'Industrialisation and Institutional Change: the state and economic development in Hong Kong, c.1920-1960'.

18 FEBRUARY 2003: Gareth Austin (LSE), 'The State and Economic Development in Africa: Reconsiderations'

4 MARCH 2003: Nicholas White (Liverpool John Moore's University), 'The State and Economic Development in Malaysia in the Twentieth Century'.

18 MARCH 2003: Concluding Roundtable discussion: 'The State and
Economic Development in the 20th-century 'Third World':
Reconsiderations'

ADVANCE AVAILABILITY OF PAPERS: Where possible, copies will be made available for collection a few days in advance from a tray outside Room C.419 (or could be sent by e-mail attachment to people committing themselves to attending the seminar (requests to address below).

ENQUIRIES: to Gareth Austin (g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk)

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Comparative Economic History

of Africa, Asia and Latin America

Summer Term, 2002

 

Globalisation and the Developing World

 

7th May: `Globalisation and Development’, Meghnad Desai (LSE) Room S50 (Ground Floor, Bookshop building) and start at 6:15p.m.

21st May: `International Corporations from the Developing World: East Asian and Latin American Corporations in the global economy’, Francesca Beausang (LSE)

5th June:* `J.A. Hobson, Imperialism and World Economic Development’, Peter Cain (Sheffield Hallam University)

18th June: `The Gold Standard in Asia: the impact of Japan’s adoption of the Gold Standard on Asian development’, Simon Bytheway (Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan)

 Venue: Meeting will be held fortnightly at 5:15.p.m. on Tuesdays in Room S421 (Fourth Floor, Bookshop building) St. Clements Building, London School of Economics & Political Science, Houghton Street, Aldwych, London WC2A 2AE,
* except for 5th June, when the seminar will take place on Wednesday.

 

Contact Details: Colin M. Lewis, Department of Economic History, LSE, tel: 020 - 7955 - 7065; fax: 020 - 7955 - 7730; e-mail <<c.m.lewis@lse.ac.uk

 

Sponsored by Suntory & Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines

(STICERD)

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

LENT TERM PROGRAMME 2002

Alternate Tuesdays: 17.15- 19.00

At LSE, St. Clement’s Building, Room S.421

ECONOMIC IMPERIALISM RE-VISITED:

British Economic Interests and Regional Economic Change, 1870-1950

22 JANUARY: Professor Shigeru Akita (Osaka University of Foreign Studies/LSE), ‘British economic interests and the international order of East Asia in the 1930s’. appendix 1, appendix 2

5 FEBRUARY: Professor Ian Phimister (Sheffield University), ‘Empire, imperialism and the partition of Africa’.

19 FEBRUARY: Professor Robert Greenhill (London Guildhall University), ‘The Economic Impact of Shipping Conferences on Latin America, 1870-1914’

5 MARCH: Professor Naoto Kagotani (Osaka University of Foreign Studies/LSE): ‘Japan's Trade Penetration in Asia and British financial interests in the 1930's’.

19 MARCH: Concluding Roundtable (notes and remarks)

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Financial support is provided by the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD).

ADVANCE AVAILABILITY OF PAPERS: Where possible, copies will be made available for collection a few days in advance from a tray outside Room C.419 (or could be sent by e-mail attachment to people committing themselves to attending the seminar (requests to address below).

ENQUIRIES: to Gareth Austin (g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk)

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

 

SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

SUMMER TERM PROGRAMME 2001

Time of meetings: 17.15 - 19.00

Day: Tuesdays except the 24 May meeting (a Thursday)

Place: LSE; Room G.211 except for 24 May, when it is S.421

 

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON COLONIALISM

8 May: A. G. Hopkins (Cambridge), ‘Globalization with and without Empires: From Bali to Labrador’

15 May: Laurie Johnson (London), ‘Education and Empire: The USA and Cuba, 1899-1902'

24 May: Ralph Austen (Chicago), ‘Colonial Peasantries in Africa, India and the Caribbean: Political Economy, Moral Economy, Postcolonial Consequences’

29 May: Amos Nadan (LSE), ‘Land Reform in Mandate Palestine: Necessity or Mistake?’

5 June: Susan Townsend (Nottingham), ‘Japanese Colonialism and Modern Memory: Korea and Japanese Revisionism’ (provisional title).

12 June: Roundtable discussion: ‘Colonialism in the Perspective of Revisionist Research and Recent Theory’

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Financial support is provided by the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD).

ADVANCE AVAILABILITY OF PAPERS: Where possible - probably not in all cases - papers will be available a few days before the meeting concerned. In these cases:

 Paper copies can be collected a few days in advance from a tray outside Room C.419.

QUERIES: Contact Gareth Austin (g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk)

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H.E.D.G. ANNUAL WORKSHOP

7th May 2002

Venue: LSE, Houghton Street

Closest Tube Station: Holborn

Rooms: (1) A588 (Morning: 10am-1pm) and (2) V1101 (Afternoon: 1-6pm)

Forty minutes is allocated for each paper with 20 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of discussion.

11.00-12.10, Section One: Trade and Development (Rm A588, Old Building)

1. Professor Patrick O’Brien (LSE): The Gains from Trade: The Third World in the International Economy, 1846-1914

2. Professor Anne Booth (SOAS): A Tale of Two Crises: Aspects of Economic Policy and Performance in South East Asia in the 1930s and the 1990s

12.10-13.10, Lunch and AGM (Rm V1101, Tower One along the lane next to the High Court)

13.10-14.20, Section Two: Diasporas and Development

3. Dr. Ioanna Pepelasis Minoglou (Athens University of Economics): Ethnic Minority Groups in International Banking: Greek Diaspora Banker(s) of Constantinople and Ottoman State Finance, c. 1840-1881

4. Dr. C. Lewis (LSE): More "anglo-criollo" than British: early "British" investments in Argentinian railways and utilities

14.20-14.50, Tea break

14.50-16.35, Section Three: Rural Growth, Welfare and Demography

5. Dr. Gareth Austin (LSE): The Limits to Growth in a 'Peasant Colony': African rural capitalism and cocoa farming in colonial Ghana

6. Dr. Jerome Destombes (LSE): How hungry were the African poor? Nutritional status and everyday poverty in the West African savanna: north-eastern Ghana c. 1910-2000

7. Professor William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS): Coerced labour: culture or demography?

16.35-18.00, Section Four: Globalisation and Institutions

8. Dr. Kent Deng (LSE): State-building as the Cause of Institutional Change and Fixation: the Chinese Case

9. (17.00) Professor, Lord Meghnad Desai (LSE): ‘Globalisation and Development’

Annual Business Meeting of the Group 

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Note: Jemore’s paper was not presented due to his illness. Jerome Destombes (LSE): How hungry were the African poor? Nutritional status and everyday poverty in the West African savanna: north-eastern Ghana c. 1910-2000

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HISTORY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP (HEDG) ANNUAL ONE-DAY WORKSHOP 10 MAY 2001 Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
Rm 136 Geography Department
University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

click here for travel information

REVISED PROGRAMME 

Each speaker has 20 minutes for presentation to be followed by 10 minutes discussion

11-11.30am: Registration 11.30-1pm: Session A: Entrepreneurs & credit (3 papers)
        (1)  Dr. Gareth Austin (LSE): 'Moral Economy of Credit in Colonial Asante'
        (2) Professor Tom Tomlinson (Strathclyde): 'Scottish Business Networks in C18th Asia'. 
        (3) Professor William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS): '"Syrian" Entrepreneurs in the Philippines since the 1880s'.

1-1.30pm: Lunch break

1.30-3pm: Session B: Trade and communications (2 papers)
        (4) Dave Hyde (SOAS): 'A Crisis of Accumulation: East African Railways and Harbours, 1950-59'.
        (5) Jelmer Vos (SOAS): 'Evading Bula Matari: The Cuango Rubber Trade, 1890-1910' 
        3-3.30pm: Tea/Coffee break

3.30-4.30pm: Session: C: Industrialisation and development (2 papers)
        (6) Dr. Bishnu Gupta (LSE): 'Privatization, Yardstick Competition and Dynamics of Public Sector Employment from the Jute Industry in Bangladesh'. 
        (7) Dr. Kent Deng (LSE): 'Copycat Economic Growth under Mao, 1949-1978'.

4.30-5.30pm: Session D: Roundtable: 'Utility of Historical Theories and Models for Third World Development Studies'. (1 keynote paper)
        (8) Professor Tom Tomlinson (Strathclyde): ‘Where is the Third World?

5.30-6.30pm: Session E: Annual Business Meeting of the Group

6.30pm: End

QUERIES:
William G. Clarence-Smith (SOAS),  wc2@soas.ac.uk
Kent Deng (LSE),  K.Deng@lse.ac.uk

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY
OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

SPECIAL MICHAELMAS TERM PROGRAMME 2000
All meetings Tuesdays, 17.15-18.45 in Room S78 at LSE.


21 NOVEMBER: William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS), >From coerced to free
labour in world cocoa production, 1760s -1914=.

28 NOVEMBER: Gareth Austin (LSE), >From coerced to free labour in Asante
(Ghana) cocoa production, 1908-c1950=.

5 DECEMBER: Chibuike Uche (University of Nigeria), >Credit for the Africans:
the demand for a central bank in the Gold Coast Colony=.


Financial support is provided by the Suntory and Toyota International
Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines.

PAPERS OR OUTLINES MAY BE DISTRIBUTED IN ADVANCE, as an e-mail attachment
where possible (send requests to k.g.deng@lse.ac.uk) and on the UK History &
Economic Development Group website:
http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/hedg/files/
Paper copies will normally be available for collection a few days in advance
from a tray outside Room C.419.

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 HISTORY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
 
 ANNUAL WORKSHOP
 
 School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 10 May 2000 (Room G3). All
 welcome.
 
 
 FINAL PROGRAMME
 
 11.00-11.30: Registration 
 
 11.30-1.00: ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
 Anne Booth (SOAS), 'The Indonesian crisis of 1997-99 and the way out: what
 are the lessons of history?'
 Mar Rubio (LSE), 'Adjusting traditional indicators of economic performance
 for resource depletion: resource rent in Mexico and Venezuela'.
 
 1.00-2.30: LUNCH BREAK
 
 2.30-4.30: ROUND-TABLE - METHODOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY 
 Barbara Ingham (Salford), 'Pattern modelling'
 Janet Hunter, (LSE) 'Culture, Confucianism and comparison'
 Tom Tomlinson (Stathclyde), 'External shocks'
 William G. Clarence-Smith (SOAS), 'Commodity chains'
 Bishnu Gupta (LSE), 'Economic growth and well being: quantitative methods
 for comparison'
 
 4.30-5.00: TEA BREAK
 
 5.00-6.30 - CREDIT AND INVESTMENT
 Amos Nadan (LSE), 'He who has a hen can get an egg on loan: credit for
 Arab
 peasants in Mandate Palestine, 1922-47'
 Tania Maria de Souza (USP/LSE), 'British investments in Minas Gerais in
 the
 19th century: technological modernisation in auriferous mining'.
 
 6.30-7.00: History & Economic Development Group AGM
 
 
 REGISTRATION. There will be NO fee this year.
 
 ADVANCE DISTRIBUTION. When received, the papers will be available on the
 HEDG website (www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/hedg). There you will find a link
 to
 "list-related files and web pages" (alternatively you could go directly to
 http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/cgi-bin/files?hedg). Following the links and
 once
 you have the list of files on your screen, click on the file name. The
 file
 will open automatically on your browser. You can then print and/or save
 the
 file. If you have problems with this, please contact
 hedg-request@mailbase.ac.uk 
 
 SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL COSTS. Some contribution is likely to be available
 towards the travel costs (2nd-class rail)of participants coming from
 institutions outside London in the case of (a) individual members of the
 Development Studies Association, and (b) PhD students (who will be
 encouraged to join the DSA anyway). If interested in applying for
 reimbursement of funding, please e-mail the HEDG Treasurer, Janet Hunter,
 in advance of the meeting (j.e.hunter@lse.ac.uk).

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 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
 DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

 SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORYOF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN
 AMERICA

 SUMMER TERM PROGRAMME 2000
 All meetings Tuesdays, 17.15-18.45 at LSE. The first three are in Room
 S.600; the last is in the Graham Wallas Room.


 POVERTY, WELFARE AND DISTRIBUTION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


 9 MAY: Rosemary Thorp (Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford), 'Poverty over the
 twentieth century: changing facts and approaches in Latin America'.


 23 MAY: Colin Lewis (LSE) and Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (East Anglia), 'Social
 insurance "reforms" in Brazil and the Argentine: lessons from past
 experiences'.


 13 JUNE: Kent Deng (LSE), 'Poverty under Mao's regime, 1949-78:
 reflections'.


 4 JULY: Jérôme Destombes (LSE), 'Nutrition and poverty in northern Ghana,
 1930-90'.


 Financial support is provided by the Suntory and Toyota International
 Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines.


 PAPERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN ADVANCE, as an e-mail attachment where
 possible (send requests to g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk). Paper copies will
 normally be available for collection a few days in advance from a tray
 outside Room C.419.

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
 DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC HISTORY


 SEMINAR ON THE COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA


 LENT TERM PROGRAMME 1999

 All meetings Tuesdays, 17.15-18.45, in Room S.600 at LSE.

 January 11: Ricardo Salvatore (UTDT/LSE), 'Economic Growth and Biological
 Welfare in Rio de la Plata, 1780-1840'.

 18 January: Webby Kalikiti (SOAS), 'The State, Rubber Planters and Migrant
 LabourUse of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at E:\listplex\SYSTEM\SCRIPTS\filearea.cgi line 451, line 686. in Indochina, 1924-1930'.

 8 February: Penelope Francks (University of Leeds), 'Agriculture and the
 East Asian Development Model: a comparative study of Japan, Korea and
 Taiwan'.

 22 February: Tânia Ferreira (USP/LSE), 'Foreign Investment and Technology
 Transfer: British gold mining enterprises in nineteenth-century Brazil'.

 7 March: Jan Hogendorn (Colby College, Maine), 'The High Cost for West
 Africans of Late Precolonial and Early Colonial Monetary Transition,
 1890-1930'.

 Financial support is provided by the Suntory and Toyota International
 Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines.

 PAPERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN ADVANCE. SO IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE PLEASE LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
 preferably by e-mail to: g.m.austin@lse.ac.uk
 otherwise to: Dr G. Austin, Department of Economic History, London School
 of Economics, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE. Fax: 0171 955 7730.