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


eabh supports research into banking, insurance and financial history.

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh. Members recognize their responsibility towards society. Only a well functioning financial sector can help to increase the welfare of nations and people. Accurate archives and accessible record keeping are an indispensable tool to achieve this. These archives provide knowledge of financial history, and thus provide insights that help to understand today’s business environment. Leaders should profit from the lessons history provides in order to take competent and effective decisions.

A key task of eabh is to place current challenges of the dynamic financial sector into a historical context. We train historians to work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers.


Archival Legislation for Finance (ALFF) in Europe

eabh believes that safeguarding the records of financial institutions will improve the stability of global financial markets. Authentic and reliable memory systems are needed to understand current crises and to evaluate risks.

For that reason this project on Archival Legislation for Finance (ALFF) has been started in 2012 with the objective of collecting information about the best practices of financial institutions in building and improving their archives.


Work in progress

Today eabh is focusing on the following topics:

History of inflation

Did globalisation increase or decrease financial stability?

500 years of financial interconnections

The emergence of global regulation after the collapse of Bretton Woods

The role of exchanges and other infrastructure in financial markets

Did they achieve the public policy goals they were set up for?

The rise of institutional investors

Their impact on markets and market structures

We are also interested in pursuing knowledge about:

Banking in Latin America

Money and banking during, in-between and after Colonialism

What kept the banking system stable

Lessons to be learnt or lessons to be forgotten?

The afterlife of collapsed financial institutions

Bank restructuring from the Great Depression to the Great Financial Crises

History of the world's securities regulation

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Featured publication

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Architecture & Finance Vol. 2

eabh bulletin 2017

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


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