The following is a list of general economic history books that you might want to take a look at before you arrive at LSE. Please note, these books are listed as a general introduction to economic history and may not appear on the reading lists of the courses that you actually take - they are presented as a starting point.
Ahamed, L. (2009), Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, Penguin Press.
Aliber, R., & Kindleberger, C. P. (2015). Manias, panics and crashes: A history of financial crises. Palgrave.
Baten, Joerg (2016), A History of the Global Economy. Cambridge.
Broadberry, S. and O’Rourke, K. (eds.) (2010), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cain, P. J., and A. G. Hopkins (2016), British Imperialism, 1688-2015, Routledge.
Crafts, N.F.R. and Fearon, P. (2013), The Great Depression of the 1930s: Lessons for Today, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
De Roover, R. (1974). Business, banking, and economic thought in late medieval and early modern Europe. University of Chicago Press.
Eichengreen, B. (1992), Golden Fetters, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Eichengreen, B. (2008). Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System. Princeton University Press.
Eichengreen, B. (2015). Hall of mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses of History. Oxford University Press.
Ferguson, N. (2008). The ascent of money. A financial history of the world. Penguin.
Galbraith, J. K. (1980), The Great Crash, 1929, London: A. Deutsch.
Gorton, G. (2012), Misunderstanding Financial Crises, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Hirschman, Albert O. (2013), The Passions and the Interests: political arguments for capitalism before its triumph. Princeton.
James, H. (2001), The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression, Harvard: Harvard
Kindleberger, C. (1986), The World in Depression, 1929-1939, Berkeley: University of
King, Mervyn (2016), The End of Alchemy: money, banking and the future. Little, Brown.
Lamoreaux, N. R. (1994), Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England, New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mackenzie, D (2006), An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Morgan, Mary S. (2012), The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Neal L. (2015). A concise history of international finance. Cambridge University Press.
Parthasarathi, P. (2011), Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Divergence, 1600-1850, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pomeranz, K. (2000), The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Pistor, K. (2019), The Code of Capital. How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Quinn, W., and J. Turner (2021), Boom and Bust. A Global History of Financial Bubbles,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Reinhart, C.M. and Rogoff, K.S. (2009), This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Roy, T. (2012), India in the World Economy: From Antiquity to the Present (New Approaches to Asian History), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Taleb, N.N. (2007). Black Swan. The impact of the highly improbable. Random House.
Tooze, A. (2018). Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World. London: Penguin Books.
Trivellato, F. (2019), The Promise and Peril of Credit, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Von Glahn, Richard (2016), The Economic History of China from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (CUP)