The below are short versions of lectures delivered at the Library. All registered readers receive invites to the full-length lectures and there are about six lectures per annum. Get your free membership here.

Jonathan Callaway
Paper Money of Scotland

Dr Gareth Campbell
The Rise and Return of Investment Trusts, 1868 to Today

Dr Felix Boecking
Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927–1945

Paul Crosthwaite
The Relationship between Literature and Economics

Dr Paul Kosmetatos
The Failure of Pattison's Whisky

Craig Turnbull
A History of British Actuarial Thought

Donald MacKenzie
The Sociology of High Frequency Trading

Dr Michael John Oliver
British Monetary Policy in the 1960s: A Reassessment

Dr Peter Knight:
Reading the Market: Genres of Financial Capitalism in Gilded Age America.

Tom Ward:
The Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank

Richard Roberts:
When Britain Went Bust

Dougie Watt:
John Law and the Mississippi Bubble

30 Nov HBOS talk

30 Nov HBOS talk
Professor Atul K Shah

In a new and innovative research study of Britain's largest corporate failure, HBOS, Professor Atul K. Shah discusses the blame game and fallout, probing into the details of risk, audit and regulatory failure. The findings expose fundamental problems with the theory and education of finance...

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Hong Kong's Link to the US Dollar

Hong Kong's Link to the US Dollar
John Greenwood

John Greenwood explains the Hong Kong currency crisis of 1983 and his role in establishing the currency board system that solved the problem.


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Comprehensive Collection

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