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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

PhD studentship in Financial History: University of Glasgow

The Epidemiology of Banking Crises: a historical and empirical approach:Banking systems are social and financial networks operating in a broad economic and social ecosystem. Recently, the concept of epidemiological 'contagion' in international banking and financial markets has gained popularity as a metaphor of the way a solvency crisis in one institution is transmitted to others through mechanisms such as depositor anxiety, liquidity bail-outs, cross directorships or insider lending (Peckham 2014). However, explicit models of higher frequency bank level data has thus far been limited by a lack of appropriate data, and published analyses have concentrated on simplified models of both disease networks and financial networks (Haldane and May 2011). Nevertheless, explicit models are critical if we are to evaluate the utility of the epidemiological modelling paradigm for banks.

In this project, highly textured institutional quantitative and qualitative data available from the archives of banks and regulators will be linked to bespoke epidemiological models to generate step change insights regarding the ecosystems of international banking. Such an approach offers an opportunity for fresh methodological innovation as well as revising our understanding of how these highly complex social networks operate, by testing out the ways that crisis and 'disease' are transmitted among populations of institutions and redefining thresholds of ex ante 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' populations.

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Posted on the 17th December 2014
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