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'The Hardness of the Times': Economic crises in north-west England, 1600-1750.
Date: 30 April 2014 Time: 17.00.00-19.00.00
Venue: FASS Seminar Room 2/3
Jonathan Healey, University of Oxford
Much as today, the early modern economy was beset by periods of boom and bust. This paper offers a regional perspective of these, discussing how year-on-year fluctuations impacted on the economy of the north-west, especially Lancashire, and especially upon the county's poor. It explores when economic crises occurred, what caused them, and how localized economic and social circumstances helped determine their impact. It asks how individuals, households and policy-makers dealt with crises, and how their responses developed over time. Finally, it considers how and when the character of crises changed between the onset of the Stuarts and the middle of the eighteenth century, asking when and why food shortages stopped leading to famines, and whether - by the end of the period - more modern forms of crisis such as banking collapses were starting to have an impact.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: History
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