From 1917 Tawney was a Lecturer in Economic History at LSE, and a Reader from 1923. The son of a Jewish furniture dealer in Sheffield, he graduated from Cambridge with a first in history in 1910, but found no opening there and migrated to Oxford as a private tutor and independent researcher. He was disabled since being dropped as a small child and he was always conscious of being jeered at. He was very well-read but he did not shine like Tawney or sparkle like Power. When Eileen Power came to organise the economic history session at the second Anglo-American Conference of Historians at the Institute of Historical Research in July 1926, two strands fell carefully together. In the immediate post-war period, the AGM grew into a day conference held annually in May at LSE.
Of the libraries as many as 115 were overseas, 77 of them in the United States. In its secretaries the Society has also been extremely well-served. Sir Kenneth Berrill (as he became) and then Theo Barker ran the Society with great verve throughout the long post-war boom period, and Richard Wilson, David Jenkins and Rick Trainor have been outstandingly good and efficient in the role in more recent years. And the Editors of the have all been seriously central figures in the subject.
Americans numbered 79 of the individual members, by far the largest group of foreigners, with Canada and Germany following with nine each. Tickner, nominally Joint Secretary with Eileen Power at the start, was a benign and earnest schoolmaster. All have been outstanding guardians of the direction of the subject, each of them most hard-working and some of the quickest minds of any in academic life.
In 1892 Ashley moved on to Harvard, becoming the first Professor of Economic History in the English-speaking world.
From its foundation in 1895, the London School of Economics (LSE) placed economic history centrally among the social sciences.
‘Of course we all loved Eileen; she was the only person in the department who was not a gentleman’,(9) said Jack Fisher on another occasion. The results were all made obvious on the occasion of the burgeoning conferences that the Society held every year with such success.
Eileen Power’s biography has been engagingly written by Maxine Berg, who captures her academic and social life in the 1920s and 1930s in a fascinating manner. He had studied classics at Oxford and had learnt economics by lecturing on the subject at the University of Glasgow (1906–8), after which he had conducted the original pioneering tutorial classes for the Workers’ Educational Association at Longton and at Rochdale. Postan retired at Cambridge in 1965 and was succeeded by David Joslin, who died young, and who was succeeded in turn in 1971 by D. Before the war, there had always been an AGM held at LSE.Such was the stage economic history had grown to by 1926.Economic history was ready to accept the final accolade of recognition as an independent discipline: the founding of a professional society to bring its practitioners together and the founding of a specialist journal devoted to the subject. Tawney both taught at the London School of Economics, lived as neighbours in Mecklenburgh Square and ran a seminar together on the social and economic history of Tudor England at the Institute of Historical Research from 1923.The Economic History Society (EHS) was founded at a conference held at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London in July 1926 but the ground had been made fertile for it over the previous 50 years.It was half a century earlier, in 1876, that ‘economic history’ first entered the title of an examination paper.The first two professors of the subject both died in post, both relatively young – Unwin in 1925 and Mrs Knowles in 1926. A third part was played, crucially but less harmoniously, by E. These three got the EHS founded and the established. Power had been on the staff of LSE since 1921, the year the Institute of Historical Research was founded, becoming Reader in Economic History in 1924.The leading roles in founding the Economic History Society (EHS) were played by a harmonious duet formed by Eileen Power and R. She had previously taught at Girton College, Cambridge, where she had been a student, and after graduating in 1910, she had been a research student at LSE. In 1970 Eric Hobsbawm was promoted to Professor of Economic and Social History at Birkbeck College.In the same year Ashley left Oxford and went to Toronto as Professor of Political Economy and Constitutional History.The inaugural lecture he gave there was dedicated to Gustav Schmoller, one of the German scholars in whose hands economic history was more developed in Germany than it was in England.(16) Lipson was trying to move quickly at this stage, since the Royal Economic Society (RES) had decided to produce a new economic history supplement to their was speedily produced and actually appeared in January 1926. The second conference was held at Oxford one freezing weekend in 1951, and the first weekend (or so) of the Easter vacation ever since has seen the EHS taking on visible and convivial form at different universities throughout the country. By the 1970s they were being attended by over 250 people each year, almost all of them the academic staff and the research students in all the booming departments of economic (often economic and social) history in practically every university in the country, and some of the ‘polytechnics’ too.Cambridge and Keynes were trying to outmanoeuvre Oxford and Lipson. The growth of the subject is reflected in the numbers of members as shown on the graph.