Faculty of Humanities, Charles University calls for papers to be presented at a two-day conference for financial historians, archivists, economists and numismatists.
The purpose of the conference is to provide insights into questions connected with financial crises during the Middle Ages and early modern period. Historical, monetary, economic and demographic factors related to financial crises will be discussed. The focus will be on papers which use historical data to shed light on issues such as: currency depreciation and debasement, exchange rates, prices and wages, credit and the money supply, taxation system, assignment of debts, population and the market.
The second aim of the conference is to contribute to the "little divergence" debate on long-term economic development, to deal with the reasons of economic growth and its deceleration and to explain why the economy of Central Europe has been behind with that of Western Europe since the early modern period. Papers proposing a comparative approach are therefore especially welcome. Confirmed speakers include Peter Spufford, University of Cambridge, who will be delivering the keynote speech.