The Development of Financial Centres in Europe, 1300-1700
Recent scholarship has been growingly re-examining the geography and evolutionary chain of financial centres, from Genoa to Venice, to Barcelona, Lyon, Antwerp, Amsterdam and London. Prof Peter Spufford FRHistS, FBA (1934–2017), Professor Emeritus of European History at the University of Cambridge and Life Fellow of Queens’ College, devoted his life to the study of European monetary and financial dynamics in Europe between the Middle Ages and the Modern Period. At the time of his passing, he had already started sketching his own interpretation of a History of Financial Centres in Europe. This should be interpreted as a history of regional innovations and their mutual interconnections, spanning from Southern to Northern Europe. The aim of this conference is to bring together young scholars to reflect on state-of-art scholarship on this subject, and explore new hypotheses on the characters, inner dynamics and evolution financial centres in Europe.
The conference’s organization therefore invites submissions for presentations on the theme “The development of financial centres in Europe, 1300–1700”. Papers directly connected to any financial, economic, monetary or numismatic themes explored by Peter Spufford in his oeuvre and comparative approaches are especially welcome. In general, topics can include, but are not limited to:
• The concept of “Financial Revolution”
• Financial crises
• Government debt policies
• Transfer of technologies, financial models and ideas.