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

We bring together financial experts for conferences and workshops.
lunch hour


eabh lunch hour

10 May 2023

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

eabh  in cooperation with Allianz Global Investors


Inflation is here.

What can be done?

Can history help?


Otmar Issing (President, Center for Financial Studies,  Frankfurt)

in conversation with

Moritz Schularick (President,  Institute for the World Economy, Kiel)

Carmen Hofmann (Secretary General, eabh) will moderate


Currently, talking about the world economy means talking about inflation. Price levels as much as debt and asset prices are on the rise. Central Banks from Atlanta to Zürich raise interest rates, though will they control inflation anytime soon?

It is no news that inflation polarises scholars and societies like no other financial phenomenon alike.

Are there any lessons to be drawn from the past? How to re-balance the world economy and financial markets? Which are the implications of steadily high inflation for growth, asset markets and monetary policy?

Is there advice for investors?

Join this eabh lunch for a unique opportunity to discuss inflation amongst financial history experts!



Financing Reconstruction

Can historical insight help?

30 Jun 2023

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A financial history conference organised by eabh

sponsored by Deutsche Bank AG

This meeting will look at historical precedents of financing reconstruction after war and catastrophe. Can historical insight help?

Which are the right questions to ask to successfully reconstruct the infrastructure and economy of a country or region? Should there be a Marshall Plan for Ukraine? Are grants or loans the more effective way to rebuild? Who should pay how much and how? Which is the most effective way to use any given aid to achieve productive development? How much should be organised by the state or international organisations?

In history, how were financial sectors revived? How did banks rebuild their operations once they were bombed out? Where did they find qualified staff? Who created the initial equity? Which was the role of multi-lateral institutions (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, …) Which was the role of the state?

The past offers many examples of cases: Europe after 1945, Afghanistan and Irak in the 1990s, Haiti after the Earthquakes, Syria, the Middle East after the Arab Spring, to name just a few. We aim to bring together as many examples as possible in order to look at financing reconstruction comparatively.

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Archival Workshop

Banks build

A close look at financial institutions’ ‘building’ roles

29 Jun 2023

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

A financial archives workshop organised by eabh

sponsored by Deutsche Bank AG

In this workshop, we are looking for collections, databases and archival projects that shed light on the link of financial institutions as builders.

In history, financial institutions have always played major, often pioneering roles when new countries were built, independence was established, or peacetime re-building started. They initiated state and infrastructure building by helping other companies (re-)start their businesses in new legislations or after disruptive periods.

In the framework of this meeting, we would like to look at archival evidence in and about financial institutions’ ‘building’ roles. The connections between banking and building, finance, cities, and countries may be wide range – and unexpected. The examples of historical experiences are global and manifold: the building of US infrastructure after independence (railways), specialising US financial infrastructure in the process, re-building Europe after WWI, after WWII and during the Eastern extension of the EU, nation building in Central and South America, African independence, …, to name just a few…

The evolution of a country or economy is always reflected in the records banks, exchanges and insurers hold: if you look at what’s traded and insured and how successfully, you can see the state an economy is in. More and beyond, finance plays a major role in building cities and infrastructure during ‘normal’ times; the sector’s importance for architecture, urban planning and building of all kinds is undenied.

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eabh Annual Meeting

2023 eabh Annual Meeting

Jun 2023

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Archival Workshop

Finance & the Weather

a financial archives workshop


Financial institutions often have extensive information about the weather over time and space, given their longevity and net of local branches. Let’s explore them together!

More info coming soon.

Archival Workshop

Access, Recovery & Historical Archives

Practical cases and new findings


Valencia, Spain

eabh in cooperation with Banco de España