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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

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Historical research made relevant for the modern world

Understanding basic financial principles and developments within their historical context is vital knowledge for decision takers. Based on this conviction, eabh encourages the proper preservation of historically relevant material and the circulation of high level historical research. Since its foundation, eabh has provided historical analysis and preservation consulting to bankers, supervisors and policy makers. eabh is a registered charity and relies on the annual subscriptions of its members.

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eabh (The European Association for Banking and Financial History e.V.)

Hanauer Landstrasse 126-128
60314 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Tel:       +49(0)69 36 50 84 650
Email: info@eabh.info

Our Story

The start

1987/99

1987

Manfred Pohl, back then Chief Archivist at Deutsche Bank, realises that, in the prospect of a united Europe, co-operation between banking archivists and bank historians on a European level should be promoted and deepened.

1988

During three meetings held respectively in Brussels, London and Madrid, the foundation of eabh takes further shape.

29 November 1990

The European Association for Banking History (eabh) e. V. is founded in an inaugural meeting at the premises of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main. eabh is constituted by 22 banks and one institution from eleven different European countries.

1990

Members of the first eabh Board of Management (Pictured clockwise)
Wilfried Guth – Chairman of the Board of Patrons
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild – Chairman
Herman van der Wee – Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council
Pedro Martinez Mendez – Treasurer
Robert Lion – Member
Manfred Pohl – Deputy Chairman

16 September 1992

De Nederlandsche Bank’s President Wim Duisenberg opens the 1st eabh annual conference under the title ‘How to Write the History of a Bank’.

1994

eabh releases the ‘Handbook on the History of European Banks’, a unique reference tool containing entries on about 150 of the largest and oldest European banks.

1994

eabh releases the first issue of the ‘Financial History Review’ published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Youssef Cassis and Philip L. Cottrell.

April 1994

Hilmar Kopper, Spokesman of the Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank, is unanimously elected as Chairman of eabh Board of Patrons.

9 – 13 September 1996

The predecessor of the current ‘eabh Summer School for Archivists’ series, the successful course ‘Archives and Records Management in Banking’, is result of joint efforts of eabh and the Business Archives Council.

May 1998

eabh releases the first issue of its ‘bulletin’, aiming to ‘provide a means in which the latest research, publications, archive collections, exhibitions and other activities of our member banks and outside bodies can be documented’.

21 May 1998

Gabriel Tortella Casares, University of Alcalá, Madrid, is unanimously elected Chairman of eabh Academic Advisory Council.

The Millenium

2000/15

7 December 2000

eabh celebrates its 10th anniversary with the symposium ‘Banking in the Mirror of Time’ at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bank. Internationally renowned scholars contribute to the success of the event.

26 October 2001

Manfred Pohl is awarded with the European Culture Prize of the Pro-Europa -European Foundation for Culture for his work in the field of finance and banking history within the European Association for Banking History (eabh) e.V.

August 2002

Upon Hilmar Kopper’s resignation Rolf-E. Breuer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank, is unanimously elected as new Chairman of eabh Board of Patrons, thus ensuring continuity on the Boards of the Association.

28 May 2004

Following the resignation of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild after 14 years chairmanship, Willem F. Duisenberg is officially elected as Chairman of the eabh Board of Management.

28 May 2004

The Association demonstrates its commitment to embracing financial history by changing its name to the European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V. in the 15th General Members’ Meeting.

December 2004

Gerald D. Feldman, Berkeley University, takes over the Chairmanship of eabh Academic Advisory Council from Philip L. Cottrell, thus widening the international dimension of the Association.

January 2006

Following Wim Duisenberg’s passing away, Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, is unanimously elected as his successor and new Chairman of the eabh Board of Management.

3 July 2007

eabh Chairman Jean-Claude Trichet holds the opening speech ‘History and Identity as a Pre-requisite for a United Europe’ at the official inauguration of the new eabh premises.

January 2008

Following Gerry Feldman’s passing away, Peter Hertner, University of Halle-Wittenberg, closes the occurring gap and becomes new Chairman of eabh Academic Advisory Council.

29 May 2008

After six years, Rolf-E. Breuer hands over chairmanship of eabh Board of Patrons to Malcolm Knight, Bank for International Settlements.

7 June 2012

Following Peter Hertner’s retirement, Harold James, Princeton University, becomes the 6th Chairman of eabh Academic Council.

8 June 2012

After Jean-Claude Trichet’s retirement from ECB and eabh, Hugo Bänziger, Lombard Odier, one of the Association´s founding members, becomes Chairman of eabh.

July 2014

eabh transfers its documents to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence. This material includes eabh founding history, workshop material, board meeting protocols, publication material and photographs.

May 2015

The General Members' Meeting elects eabh Founder and Deputy Chairman Manfred Pohl as Honorary Chairman for life.

Who is eabh?

Board of Management

Hugo Bänziger – Lombard Odier
Chairman

Luís de Abreu Nunes
Treasurer

Harold James – Princeton University
Chairman of the Academic Council

Edwin Green
Member of the Board

Honorary Chairman

Manfred Pohl – Goethe University

Academic Council

Harold James – Princeton University
Chairman

Melanie Aspey – The Rotschild Archive
Deputy Chairman

Niels-Viggo Haueter – Swiss Re
Deputy Chairman

Mike Anson – Bank of England
Alexander Apostolides –  European University Cyprus
Stefano Battilossi – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Hugo Bänziger – Lombard Odier
Piet Clement – BIS
Chris Colvin – Queen’s University Belfast
Olivier Feiertag – Banque de France
Juan Flores – University of Geneva
Alfredo Gigliobianco – Banca d’Italia
Miguel López Morell – Universidad de Murcia
Patrick Halbeisen – Swiss National Bank
Jaime Herrero – Bank of Spain
Joost Jonker – University of Amsterdam
Jakub Kunert – Czech National Bank
Martin Müller –  Deutsche Bank AG
Gérassimos Notaras – National Bank of Greece
Roger Nougaret – BNP Paribas
Luís de Abreu Nunes
Francesca Pino – Intesa SanPaolo
Catherine Schenk – Glasgow University
Tobias Straumann – University of Zurich
Nathan Sussman – Bank of Israel
Lorans Tanatar Baruh – SALT
Gabriele Teichmann – Sal. Oppenheim
Ines van Dijk – De Nederlandsche Bank
Emily Witt – ECB

Board of Patrons

Aclan Acar – Doǧus Group
Jaime Caruana –  BIS
Yves Robert – Charrue Julius Baer
Vitor Constâncio – ECB
Carlos da Silva Costa – Bank of Portugal
Yannis S. Costopoulos – Alpha Bank
Mario Draghi – ECB
Mugur C. Isărescu – National Bank of Romania
Walter Kielholz – Swiss Re
György Matolcsy – Central Bank of Hungary
Friedrich von Metzler – B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co.
Michel Pébereau – BNP Paribas
Jean-Pierre Roth – Banque Cantonale de Genéve
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild – former N.M. Rothschild & Sons
Artur Santos Silva – Banco BPI
Miroslav Singer – Czech National Bank
Niels Thygesen – Institute for New Economic Thinking

Office

CarmenHofmannCarmen Hofmann – Secretary General
c.hofmann@bankinghistory.org

Gabriella Massaglia – Consultant
g.massaglia@bankinghistory.org