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EPSTEIN, Stephan (1960-2007), economic historian


Reference code(s): GB 0097 EPSTEIN

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: EPSTEIN, Stephan (1960-2007), economic historian

Date(s): c1960-2007

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 21 boxes

Name of creator(s): Epstein | Stephan | 1960-2007 | economic historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Stephan R. Epstein, 1960-2007, was brought up in Switzerland and graduated cum laude from the University of Siena. He obtained his PhD in History from Cambridge University and continued there as a postdoctoral research fellow until 1992, when he was appointed to a lectureship on Economic History at the London School of Economics. By 1997 he had been promoted to a readership and he became Professor of Economic History in 2001. At the time of his death he was Head of the Department. Epstein's field of expertise was the economic history of medieval and early modern Europe. He established a formidable reputation in this area early in his career, and left an impressive publication record. He is the sole author of Alle origini della fattoria toscana. L'ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala di Siena e le sue terre, c.1250-c.1450 (Salimbeni, Florence, 1986); An island for itself. Economic development and social transformation in late medieval Sicily Past and Present (Publications Series: Cambridge, 1992); and Freedom and Growth, Markets and states in Europe, 1300-1750 (London: Routledge, 2000). He edited four volumes including Town and country in Europe, 1300-1800 (Cambridge, 2001). He is also the author of dozens of articles in journals and books.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Dr Stephen Epstein relating to medieval and early modern European economic and social history, c 1960-2007 mainly research material including listing of books and microfilms, notes, index cards, copies of articles, newspaper cuttings, maps, and lectures' handouts. Also Epstein's correspondence with archives' staff and academic colleagues relating to his research. Subjects include trade and markets, sharecropping, peasant economy, emigration, fairs and farming particularly relating to the Italian regions of Sicily and Tuscany.


Language/scripts of material: Mainly English and Italian

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Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

List of files available from Archives staff



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the family in 2008


Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2008

Economic history | Economics
Rural economy | Rural development
Social history | History

Personal names
Epstein | Stephan | 1960-2007 | economic historian

Corporate names

Sicily | Italy | Western Europe | Europe
Tuscany | Italy | Western Europe | Europe