our aims

On behalf of the Public Engagement Committee (PE committee), it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Economic History Society’s blog “The Long Run” (www.ehsthelongrun.net).

The aim of the blog is to encourage discussion of economic and social history – broadly defined. The blog is part of the Society’s evolving strategy to, one the one hand, strengthen ties among its members and, on the other hand, broaden the public appeal of economic and social history while increasing the impact of its members’ research by making it relevant to contemporary policy debates. To achieve these objectives, the blog will carry different types of content (as specified in the call for contributors here.

The blog will also publicise abstracts of current/forthcoming articles in the Review; the PE committee will select articles from those advertised as forthcoming, per issue, which, we think, has considerable appeal to a wider audience and approach a specialist to review this article. This review will also appear on the NEP-HIS blog – publication of which will be timed to coincide with publication of the article in the Review. The reviewer for the NEP HIS blog is required to act with integrity and without prejudice; he/she will be a recognised expert in the field (broadly defined) and their comments will focus on extending the public appeal of the article  in ways the original author may not have recognised/appreciated.

A related initiative is that the PE committee will revisit   previous articles which have appeared in the Review and which appeal to contemporary debates and ask the author (s) to write a suitable blog for posting on the EHS blog.  Additionally, we intend to compile an EXCEL spreadsheet of EHS members which indicates in 4-5 key words their areas of expertise. This database can then be used to direct requests from the Conversation and Vox to experts when a particular issue enters public debate.

The importance of bringing together the disciplines that compose what we call social sciences and have them interact in a historical perspective is absolutely fundamental not only for the future directions of economic history, but also to be able to reflect on the mechanisms that regulate our world through data and knowledge.

The Long Run aims to host senior scholars as well as young researchers, and anyone who has interesting and scientifically sound contributions to make to Economic and Social History. The blog will also be a way for EHS members and anyone interested in the activities of the Society to keep updated on its activities, from our Review to CFPs and other activities that you can find on our website

It is appropriate to record my appreciation for Professor Peter Fearon, outgoing Chair of the EHS Public Engagement committee, who originally conceived the idea for the blog. A special thanks also to our editorial team: Marta Musso, Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, Amy Ridgway, Judy Stephenson and Romesh Vaitilingam, without whom this blog would not exist. Special thanks are due to Marta who did much of the ‘heavy lifting’.

We look forward to seeing you here regularly, as always standing on the shoulders of giants.

Professor David Higgins (EHS Public Engagement Committee)

13 June 2016