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


International Macro History Online Seminar Series

9 Feb 2022

Geneva, Switzerland

The International Macroeconomic History Online Seminar Series, supported by eabh and a consortium of numerous other universities and institutions from around the world aims to keep the flow of intellectual debate active and to bring macroeconomic history topics to an interested public on a weekly basis.

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Easy Monetary Policy

Cure or Curse?

22 Jun 2021

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

eabh in cooperation with Allianz Global Investors

Harold James (Princeton University) and Eric Barthalon (Head of Research Allianz SE) will take a long-term perspective on easy monetary policies and their implications.

Post Great Financial Crisis, major central banks have cut rates to, or below zero and have provided unprecedented amounts of liquidity to the system ever since. After first steps to normalise monetary policy, we have seen a renewed round of monetary easing in 2019.  Further, Covid restrictions and lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 brought back discussions about helicopter money and direct credit to the banking sector. Can looking back at historical precedents help to better understand where we are headed?


Images of Finance

How to unlock the potential of your photography collection?

11 Jun 2021

Zoom Webinar, Germany

Reinhard Frost (Deutsche Bank) will showcase one of his organisation’s most valuable photography collections and give insights on how these images are valuable for the brand and history communication.

Together with the audience, we will discuss how to unlock the full potential of photography collections and how to engage audiences using different channels.


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2021 eabh annual meeting

11 Jun 2021

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This year’s annual meetings will take place via zoom.

10.00 – 11.30 CET: Academic Council Meeting (for members of the AC only)

12.00 – 13.00 CET: General Members’ Meeting

14.00  – 15.00  CET: Board of Management Meeting (for members of the BoM only)

Archival Workshop

Photography Collections

of (Financial) Companies. Part II

10 Jun 2021

Athens , Greece

eabh in cooperation with National Bank of Greece

This workshop wants to put the spotlight on the photography collections of not exclusively, but mainly financial companies.

Photography collections of corporations are often broad and extensive but very little explored for marketing, research and digital access. This archival workshop aims to discover the contents, importance and use of corporate photography collections of (financial) organisations: Where are these often-extensive collections? How are they used? Which is their use and marketing value for institutors themselves? Which is their value for research beyond financial history (social, political history, etc.)? How can they be made available to a wider audience of scholars and the public eye?


Your Archive is an Asset!

Using your heritage as a corporate strategic asset

24 Mar 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Anders Sjöman (Centre for Business History in Stockholm)

Every organization has a history that is unique to itself. When put to proper use, it becomes a strategic asset that companies can leverage for future growth.

This is one of the main arguments that the Centre for Business History Stockholm often uses, when convincing companies that they should keep their historic materials in a professional archive – and also set aside budgets for it.

Anders Sjöman, Head of Communication at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm, will explain how the centre works and share some case examples.

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Development Banks

History, Role, Impact

23 Feb 2021


eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Aldo Musacchio (Brandeis International Business School) and  Daniel Díaz (Universidad de Cantabria)

in cooperation with IBF and Leibniz Institute SAFE

discussants: Carmen Hofmann (eabh) and  Reinhard H. Schmidt (Goethe University Frankfurt)


How well do States’ Banks do?

Development banks are seen as an important tool to solve market imperfections, alleviate capital scarcity and fund long term infrastructure projects. At the same time they are often criticised for supporting politically well connected industrialists and political regimes.

Despite this controversy and the relevance of these state banks in many countries, empirically studies are rare. Aldo, Daniel and their  colleagues set out to fill this gap and will, for the first time, share their research findings with a wider international audience.

They take a comparative look and discuss distinct market failures, how they were addressed by state owned banks and how they map into different policy tools that have been used by the banks.

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Coping with Disasters

200 years of international official lending

4 Feb 2021

Kiel, Germany

eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Christoph Trebesch (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

based on a joint paper by Sebastian Horn, Carmen M. Reinhart and Christoph Trebesch 

The scale of official (bilateral and multilateral) lending is hugely relevant, yet has received little academic attention –  so far.  Now, Christoph Trebesch and his co-authors collected data on state-directed lending by 134 creditor countries and 50 international and regional financial organisations for 200 years. Using this database they document the characteristics of official capital flows, link them to the occurrence of disasters (wars, financial crises and natural catastrophes), and study their determinants. Official international lending is much larger than previously known.

Join our web talk with Christoph to learn about their main findings and why these historical insights can be of particular relevance for those working on post covid recovery initiatives.

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Spread your words!

Company magazines as a communication & trust building tool

17 Dec 2020

Warsaw, Poland

Together with the expert team of the National Bank of Poland education and publishing department we will hold a workshop about successful in-house publishing: ingredients, challenges and opportunities.

Presenters: Stanislaw Gorący and Anna Brzyska; Narodowy Bank Polski (Warsaw, Poland)

’Bankoteka’ is a quarterly magazine issued by the National Band of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski, NBP) Money Centre – the bank’s visitors’ centre and education facility. This magazine provides insightful, high quality, well-illustrated and inspiring articles related to the Centre’s core activities: the history of finance, numismatics, the economy and financial education.

It is designed for all visitors as well as other enthusiasts of those topics. “Bankoteka” is widely distributed amongst visitors of the centre and financial history enthusiasts all over Poland. Four editions per year are circulated as a digitally and printed (min 6.000!)

During this online workshop Stanislaw, the editor of the magazine, and Anna, one of the main content contributors, will share their experience on how to create a well-designed educational magazine for communicating the Bank’s topics to a wide audience.


  1. Brief history of ‘Bankoteka’: How it all began
  2. Quick look at statistics: number of issues, articles, authors and other insights
  3. Production process
  1. Distribution
  2. Feedback from the audience
  3. Dos and don’ts: Hints from the editor
  4. Ideas for the future


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Price Currents, Financial Information and Market Transparency

Web Seminar Programme

27 Nov 2020

Jointly organized by EURHISFIRM and NEHA, this workshop focuses on price currents and other types of public and private price information. What do such publications tell us about the markets they served, the stocks listed, the terms and conditions of trade, and the individual market’s degree of transparency? What do differences across Europe tell us about the character of national markets?

The workshop is intended as a preparation for a full session on these issues at the World Economic History Conference in Paris, 2021.

All meetings will take place via Zoom. Colleagues wishing to attend should send an email to Joost Jonker,, so as to be given the access codes and password for each meeting. 

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