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The Great Financial Crisis of 1914

Monday, March 31, 2014

Based on his new book, Professor Roberts provides a fascinating insight into the financial crisis of 1914 and compares it with the recent financial crisis.

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Professor Richard Roberts, Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College London. 
specialises in financial history with contemporary relevance. His latest book is: Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (Oxford University Press, 2013). Mervyn King has called it ‘lucid and masterly.’ Richard has had faculty positions at Sussex and London universities, as well as fellowships at Cambridge, Princeton and the Bank of England. He also worked for BP as an economist. His many publications on financial history include histories of the Bank of England, Schroders and Orion, a Euromarkets consortium bank. His contemporary books Wall Street (2002) and The City (2008) are published by The Economist. Collaborations with David Kynaston include co-authorships of City State (2001) and the forthcoming official history of HSBC (2015). Special reports for City consultants Lombard Street Research include long-term perspectives on the breakup of monetary unions, fiscal consolidations and international trade confrontations. His most recent report was: Did Anyone Learn Anything from the Equitable Life? Lessons and Learning from Financial Crises (2012). Other activities include editorial adviser on the digitisation of the Financial Times and The Economist; and Advisory Board memberships of a Gulbenkian Foundation project and OMFIF (Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum).