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


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.

Who is eabh?

Board of Management

Hugo Bänziger

Luís de Abreu Nunes

Harold James – Princeton University
Chairman of the Academic Council

Gérassimos Notaras – National Bank of Greece
Member of the Board

Dieter Schlenker – HAEU
Member of the Board

Honorary Chairman

Manfred Pohl – Goethe University

Academic Council

Harold James – Princeton University

Melanie Aspey – The Rotschild Archive
Deputy Chairman

Niels-Viggo Haueter – Swiss Re
Deputy Chairman

Mike Anson – Bank of England

Stefano Battilossi – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Hugo Bänziger – Chairman of eabh

Anna Cantaluppi – Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura

Piet Clement – BIS

Chris Colvin – Queen’s University Belfast

Lilia Costabile – Naples University

Olivier Feiertag – Banque de France

Juan Flores – University of Geneva

Alfredo Gigliobianco – Banca d’Italia

Patrick Halbeisen – Swiss National Bank

Jaime Herrero – Bank of Spain

Carmen Hofmann – eabh

Joost Jonker – University of Amsterdam

Jakub Kunert – Czech National Bank

Miguel Lopez-Morell – Universidad de Murcia

Martin Müller –  Deutsche Bank AG

Roger Nougaret – BNP Paribas

Luís de Abreu Nunes

Moritz Schularick – Bonn University

Tobias Straumann – University of Zurich

Nathan Sussman – Bank of Israel

Board of Patrons

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

Piero Gastaldo – Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

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

Jiří Rusnok – Czech National Bank

Artur Santos Silva – Banco BPI

Niels Thygesen – Institute for New Economic Thinking


CarmenHofmannCarmen Hofmann – Secretary General

Gabriella Massaglia – Consultant




Richard McBurneyRichard McBurney – Designer at Grand Creative


Jonathan Ercanbrack – Language Editor

Our Story



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.


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.


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’.


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.


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.

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.

Feb 2016: eabh is celebrating its 25th anniversary!

Kindly invited by the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) eabh celebrated 25 years of European cooperation, financial history and archival work in Florence, Italy.


Vol 1 (2016) and Vol II (2017) of the eabh bulletin special edition: Architecture & Finance are published. With a stronger focus and the up-dated design the new editorial team brings the publication to the next level and reaches a wider audience.


eabh holds its first ever conference in the United States of America. In cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis the Association turns truly international.


Pierre de Longuemar, Association pour l'Histoire de BNP Paribas is elected honorary member of the eabh for his life time of engagement for historical research in finance.