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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

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

EABH Conference: Monetary Unions in History, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1 July 2022: Registration open

1 July 2022

Sofia, Bulgaria

Conference jointly organised by The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) and eabh (The European Association for Banking and Financial History e.V.

Monetary Unions in History

The Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008 triggered globalisation reversals, notably through disruptions in international trade, resistance to further political integrations and renewed protectionist policies, opposition to immigration, and overall inward redirection of domestic politics. These trends have been accelerated by the extensive measures to contain COVID-19 imposed by governments across the world, and the re-emergence of sovereignty (or its trendy rebrand ‘strategic sovereignty’) as a political goal. As evidenced many times in history, structural shocks yield protectionism and political volatilities which further amplify these processes. In the same way, historically, these shocks subjected political constructions such as currency unions to tough test. Sovereign states have experimented with, but also withdrawn from, numerous ventures to unify currencies, monetary and fiscal policies, or financial supervision. Perceived benefits of monetary sovereignty vs. integration have alternated in parallel to the turns in globalisation trends. This conference will discuss the phenomenon of currency unions in a global historical context with a special focus on the challenges brought about by trends of isolationism and confrontation. Motivation, design and factors explaining the resilience (or the lack thereof) of currency unions will be among the themes to discuss; - against a backdrop of captivating historical, geographic and institutional experiences. As history continues into modern-day initiatives like the Economic and Monetary Union in the EU, a glimpse into the future of currency unions may also engage the conference agenda. A platform to distil academic and policy insights, the event should attract scholars as well as central bankers interested in both the theory and historical experience of currency unions. The conference papers, presentations and discussions will be collected in a BNB Conference Proceedings volume. The joint efforts of eabh and the BNB will thus produce a contemporary reference base for future research into this intriguing area of intersection between monetary policy and history. 

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Posted on the 20th June 2022
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