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Wel­come to the web­site of the In­sti­tute for Eco­nomic and So­cial His­tory!

Eco­nomic and so­cial his­tory is a genu­inely in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary re­search area, to be un­der­stood both as a sub­-dis­cip­line of his­tor­ical re­search and as a trans­dis­cip­lin­ary his­tor­ical eco­nomic and so­cial science.

As a his­tor­ical so­cial science it is char­ac­ter­ized by the crit­ical use and re­flec­tion of the meth­ods and the­or­ies of eco­nom­ics, demo­graphy, so­ci­ology and many dis­cip­lines in busi­ness stud­ies to ex­plore the eco­nomic and so­cial di­men­sions of the past. As such, it can be un­der­stood as cent­ral to a so­cio-e­co­nomic teach­ing and re­search pro­gram. At the in­sti­tute, we are mainly ded­ic­ated to re­search and teach­ing on long-run devel­op­ments in the world economy and in­di­vidual econom­ies as well as on bank­ing and fin­an­cial his­tory.

A spe­cial or­gan­iz­a­tional sec­tion of our in­sti­tute is ded­ic­ated to busi­ness his­tory. Our Philo­sophy Di­vi­sion goes bey­ond the in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary agenda of eco­nomic and so­cial his­tory and en­gages in re­search and teach­ing on, among other th­ings, the con­di­tions and lim­its of know­ledge as such.  Ad­di­tion­ally, our di­vi­sion for re­search on uni­versity his­tory ex­plores, in close co­oper­a­tion with the Uni­versity Archives, the his­tory of this uni­versity it­self within the wider con­text of uni­versity his­tory re­search.

Some re­cent news from the in­sti­tute and its staff:

The In­sti­tute for Eco­nomic and So­cial His­tory and the European Busi­ness His­tory As­so­ci­ation or­gan­ized the 21st An­nual Con­gress of the EBHA, which took place at WU from August 24th to August 26th, 2017. The gen­eral topic was: “Trans­form­a­tion in Busi­ness and So­ci­ety: An His­tor­ical Ap­proach”. For fur­ther in­form­a­tion see the WU-Memo on the topic and our Ger­man lan­guage Event-Archiv web­site.