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

Summer School

Transparency and information management in financial institutions

From the inside out

14 Sep 2016

Madrid, Spain

eabh in cooperation with Banco de España.

Transparency is becoming an increasingly important theme, and mode of operation, in today’s financial institutions and global financial markets.  This year’s eabh summer school will provide training on the latest developments in financial transparency and how financial archivists can serve their institutions’ need for evidence, information and corporate memory. In short: how can the archivist be managements’ best friend through understanding and using transparency?

We will focus on initiatives within financial institutions to improve internal transparency for better control and compliance, among financial institutions to achieve costs saving and to drive financial innovation, and then moving to discuss new regulatory demands for transparency and how they affect financial institutions in the European and the global context.


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Financial Interconnections in History

Did financial globalisation increase or decrease stability?

29 Apr 2016

Vienna, Austria

Globalisation is perceived as an inevitable and irreversible phenomenon, the process of globalisation of financial markets however has not followed a deterministic path of inexorable progress.

Examining globalisation in the long term allows a more textured view of advances and reversals, acceleration and deceleration. This conference aims to explore the waves caused by financial innovation, technological and methodological changes as well as responses of markets and regulators to periodic bubbles and crises in the long run. 

 After 30 years of globalisation, there is an opportunity to reflect on the dramatic changes that took place in global financial markets on the eve of the globalisation of the 1990s and examine how the structures and patterns of global financial markets were established.

In the 1980s and 1990s a new wave of technologies and mathematical modelling transformed the nature and performance of international capital markets, prompting new entrants, new structures and new markets. In turn, these innovations generated fresh challenges for prudential supervision, risk assessment and regulation that persisted through the ensuing 30 years.


eabh in cooperation with OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank).

Please note that modifications of the programme are still viable at this point and we apologise for any inconvenience that might incur.

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Archival Workshop

Archives Online

It's all about choices

28 Apr 2016

Vienna, Austria

The workshop aims to present, deepen and expand the knowledge and skills related to financial institutions’ online archives. This content gives strategic advice for  planning and implementing  online archive projects to archivists and records managers.

The workshop will examine three aspects:

1) How to choose which information to provide online,

2) how to meet users’ expectations,

3) how to publish and disseminate data online.

A practical LAB session will close the workshop.

The training is free for eabh members and carries a minimal charge for non-members.

Please note that this program is subject to change. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Origins of Banking Globalization

The Experience of Spain and Latin America

17 Feb 2016

Santander, Spain

The process of globalization in banking and finance raises many questions about the origins, trajectories and patterns of internationalization in banking. The birth and development of banks in Latin America and Spain was relatively slow in the 19th century in comparison with other economies. During the first age of globalization (1870-1914) this slowly began to change as banks multiplied in number and size.Today, there are many examples of foreign banks operating in Latin America and Spain. This meeting will focus on the historical origins of the globalization of banks in Latin America and Spain.

eabh cooperation with Banco Santander, UCEIF & University of Cantabria.

 Programme &  Poster (English) 

Programme & Poster (Spanish)

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The Initial Period of Europe’s Monetary Union

29 Jan 2016

Florence, Italy

eabh Conversation on the record


The European Monetary Union and the introduction of the Euro in 1999 were unexpected achievements without precedent. At the initial period of the European Monetary Union the Community had high hopes and expectations. What happened to the hopes and objectives of the Treaty of Maastricht? Have some of them come true?  Which crucial turning points or decisions in the history of the Union should and could be revised in order to avoid the mistakes of the past?

Let’s talk about it!

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Financial History of Europe

eabh oral history project

28 Jan 2016

Florence, Italy

Leading European experts  (British Library, Historical Archives of the European Union, Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l´Europe) will share their knowledge about oral history projects.

Oral History  offers us the unique opportunity to collect and preserve the memories, views and attitudes from a variety of people working in different positions in financial sector. Oral history recordings bring an additional dimension to modern financial archives.

The workshop will focus on the methodology of oral history:


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Consumer Credit

18 Jun 2015

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Consumer credit is ubiquitous today. Modern forms like credit cards and buy now, pay later arrangements predominate, but ancient forms such as pawnshops and payday loans continue to thrive as well. We suggest that the penetration and pattern of modern forms of consumer credit differ from country to country; determined on the one hand by concerns about consumer protection, credit rationing, and legal objections, on the other by cultural attitudes towards debt and about the desirability of saving over spending.

eabh in cooperation with Santander &  GUG

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History of Inflation

Inflation in History

15 May 2015

Prague, Czech Republic

Inflation: An Age old Topic. 

The purpose of this meeting was to look at what is new about inflation. Can historical instances of inflation provide tools for understanding modern developments? Should present day monetary authorities and decision takers be aware of these lessons as they cope with the challenges of the global economy? 

eabh in cooperation with the Czech National Bank and the  Czech Banking Association.

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Archival Workshop

Inflation, Money, Output

Economic and Financial Data underpinning Analysis and Policy Making

14 May 2015

Prague, Czech Republic

Today, financial statistics are of paramount importance. They inform and determine business and investment decisions, policy–making, and shape our expectations for the future.

The purpose of this workshop was to determine which statistics and data are available in the archives of financial institutions, and to identify promising areas for future research.

eabh in cooperation with  the Czech National Bank and the Czech Banking Association.

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