State, economy and society: a conference to celebrate the career of Martin Daunton

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Date / time: 29 March, 12:00 am

Jock Colville Hall, Churchill College

State, economy and society: a conference to celebrate the career of Martin Daunton

This one-day conference brings together current and former colleagues and students of Professor Martin Daunton to mark his retirement and to celebrate his contributions to economic and social history. The aim is to present new research in the four principal fields in which Martin has worked, and then to publish a collection of these essays. The four fields are: urban history, governance and society, taxation and public finance, and political economy. Our speakers for each panel are:

Urban history

Chair: Professor Roey Sweet, University of Leicester.


Professor Sir Rick Trainor (University of Oxford): Reassessing the elites of 19th and 20th century British towns and cities.

Professor Helen Meller (University of Nottingham): Patrick Geddes and ‘the secular civic gospel’: a singular movement in British urban history, at home and abroad 1900-1925.

Professor Bob Morris (University of Edinburgh): The remaking of signature buildings in Edinburgh’s old town.

Professor Richard Rodger (University of Edinburgh): Property, space and power in British cities.

Governance and society

Chair: Professor Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck College, University of London.


Professor Julian Hoppit (University College London): The city state and the fiscal-military state in Britain, 1680-1800.

Professor Matthew Hilton (University of Birmingham): Charity and the international political economy of aid.

Professor Martin Chick (University of Edinburgh): The state and the political economy of time in Britain since 1945.

Dr Alexis Litvine (University of Cambridge): Between economic ideas and popular representation of the economy: commercial travellers in nineteenth-century Britain and France.

Taxation and public finance

Chair: Dr Sean Eddie


Dr Adrian Leonard (University of Cambridge): Merchant finance: Angerstein, Baring, and British war loans, 1812-1815.

Charles Read (University of Cambridge): The economic consequences of Sir Robert Peel.

Dr Hiroki Shin (Birkbeck College, University of London): Gambling with the state: the element of lottery in British state finance before 1956.

Dr Adrian Williamson (University of Cambridge): Continuity and change in Conservative taxation policy, c.1964-1988.

Political economy

Chair: Dr Duncan Needham, University of Cambridge.


Professor Youssef Cassis (European University Institute, Florence): The memory of financial crises.

Professor Jim Tomlinson (University of Glasgow): Britain in the 1970s: a transition to neo-liberalism?

Professor Bernhard Rieger (University College London): An American concept in British unemployment debates in the 1980s.

Dr David Todd (King’s College, London): Champagne capitalism: French luxury and imperial expansion in the nineteenth century.


08:30 – 09:00 Welcome and introductory remarks 09:00 – 10:45 Panel One – Urban History 10:45 – 11:15 Tea/coffee 11:15 – 13:00 Panel Two – Governance and Society 13:00 – 14:00 Sandwich lunch 14:00 – 15:45 Panel Three – Taxation and Public Finance 15:45 – 16:15 Tea/coffee 16:15 – 18:00 Panel Four – Political Economy 19:30 Conference dinner

We are grateful for the generous support of the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund, the Economic History Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Centre for Financial History at Darwin College, Churchill College, and the Master and Fellows of Trinity Hall.

Please contact Dr Duncan Needham to register  ( There will be a modest charge for refreshments.