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22 October - 13 November
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What Can We Learn From History?

Manchester historians make sense of the present by drawing lessons from the past

Graphs showing downwards economic trends, a map of Europe, historical images of a train, a factory, traffic and a TV

What’s on offer?

This round table brings together leading economic historians, economists and other social scientists working at the University of Manchester using historical methods and/or historical data in their research. Showcasing concrete case studies, experts will each address one central pressing issue of today discussing its historical ramifications, and how a view back on time can help make sense.

What’s it about?

What can we learn from history? Why is history useful – beyond serving as a source of enjoyment and curiosity? How does history help us better understand the world we live in, understand the working mechanisms of modern capitalism and economic life? How can history help us make the world a better place and create a better future?

Topics may include:

  • Inflation 
  • Historical Origins of Economic Growth 
  • Post-growth, De-growth & Sustainability 
  • Innovation 
  • Environmental change, Sustainability & the Anthropocene 
  • Finance & Urban Real Estate 
  • Capitalism & the Role of the State
  • Economic Inequality 
  • Financialization, Corporate Responsibility and the Common Weal 

Who’s leading the event?

Prof Philipp Robinson Rössner

Dr Chris Godden

Open to


Of particular interest to

Individuals registered for pre-university-level studies (such as FE college), tasters of university study for students in sixth-form/S6, professionals contemplating a university degree.