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Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: Alan Steele Milward: Historian, Economist, and Political Theorist, in collaboration with the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

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  • Wed 16 Dec 2015 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2015-12-16 17:00 2015-12-16 19:00 Europe/Paris Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: Alan Steele Milward: Historian, Economist, and Political Theorist, in collaboration with the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre

This workshop is addressed to the whole EUI community and intends to improve our
understanding of key social science issues and methods through better knowledge of the work
of Alan S. Milward (1935-2010). Considering that we can hardly learn from our predecessors,
because the issues we research and the methods we use are changing fast, is widespread, but
misleading. The most important issues and methods at the centre of the social science remain
the same and observing how scholars were able to combine perspectives and methods across
disciplines still remains helpful in developing our own ability to do the same.
Alan S. Milward spanned several social science disciplines throughout his career, acting
successively as Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University, Professor of
European Integration History at the European University Institute (1983-86 and 1996-
2002), and Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political
Science. In his research Alan Milward dealt with a variety of problems at the core of the
social science: What is the role of economic forces in wars? Do conquests pay? What
are the drivers of economic development? What are the drivers of regional integration?
The work of Alan Milward can thus help us to tackle issues of interest across disciplinary
boundaries. He was able to tackle such problems by studying the modern history of Europe
from World War II, but also the Industrial Revolution in nineteenth-century Europe. Using
mainly the methods of historians, his studies were based on archival material. He achieved
accurate descriptions of economic realities in spite of the less developed means available
in his time. Furthermore, he designed his historical research in a dialogue with political
theories, eager to use existing theories, but also to develop theories of his own, drawn from
his understanding of history.

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  MWP Common Room

This workshop is addressed to the whole EUI community and intends to improve our
understanding of key social science issues and methods through better knowledge of the work
of Alan S. Milward (1935-2010). Considering that we can hardly learn from our predecessors,
because the issues we research and the methods we use are changing fast, is widespread, but
misleading. The most important issues and methods at the centre of the social science remain
the same and observing how scholars were able to combine perspectives and methods across
disciplines still remains helpful in developing our own ability to do the same.
Alan S. Milward spanned several social science disciplines throughout his career, acting
successively as Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University, Professor of
European Integration History at the European University Institute (1983-86 and 1996-
2002), and Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political
Science. In his research Alan Milward dealt with a variety of problems at the core of the
social science: What is the role of economic forces in wars? Do conquests pay? What
are the drivers of economic development? What are the drivers of regional integration?
The work of Alan Milward can thus help us to tackle issues of interest across disciplinary
boundaries. He was able to tackle such problems by studying the modern history of Europe
from World War II, but also the Industrial Revolution in nineteenth-century Europe. Using
mainly the methods of historians, his studies were based on archival material. He achieved
accurate descriptions of economic realities in spite of the less developed means available
in his time. Furthermore, he designed his historical research in a dialogue with political
theories, eager to use existing theories, but also to develop theories of his own, drawn from
his understanding of history.


Location:
MWP Common Room

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Workshop

Speaker:
Prof. Fernando Guirao (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Frances Lynch (University of Westminster, London)

Contact:
Claudia Fanti - Send a mail

Organiser:
Emmanuel Comte (EUI - Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme)
Ricardo Estrada Martinez (EUI - Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme)
Luc-André Brunet (EUI - Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme)

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