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Youssef Cassis

Professor of Economic HistoryProf. Youssef Cassis

Joint Chair RSCAS/HEC 


Prof. Cassis is leaving the Institute in Summer 2019 and is not taking any more supervisees.

Fields of research

  • Economic history
  • Business history
  • Financial history
  • European comparative history

Current seminars at the EUI

Current research projects

  • Sovereign defaults and systemic financial crises since the mid-nineteenth century
  • The memory of financial crises
  • Financial capitalism: the historical perspective


Selected recent publications

  • Financing Infrastructure in Europe: Insights into the History of Water, Transport, and Telecommunication, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016 (editor, with Giuseppe De Luca and Massimo Florio), 358 pp.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History (editor, with Richard Grossman and Catherine Schenk), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, 537 pp.
  • The Performance of European Business in the Twentieth Century (editor, with Andrea Colli and Harm Schröter), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, 359 pp.
  • Private Banking in Europe: Rise Retreat and Resurgence (with Philip L. Cottrell), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, 264 pp.
  • Crises and Opportunities. The Shaping of Modern Finance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, 200 pp. (Paperback edition, 2013).
  • Capitals of Capital. A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006, 384 pp. (Expanded paperback edition, 2010). Translated in French, German, Italian, Romanian and Chinese.


  • French
  • English






Tel. [+39] 055 4685 760 / 946 (RSCAS)
[+39] 055 4686 573 / 391 (HEC)

Email [email protected]


Postal address:
Department of History and Civilization
Via Boccaccio 121
50133 Florence - Italy


Administrative Assistants: Miriam Curci (HEC) and Angelika Lanfranchi  (RSCAS)

For appointments please contact: Miriam Curci (HEC) or Angelika Lanfranchi (RSCAS)

Office VS 16 at Villa Schifanoia (RSCAS) or SACA 410 at Villa Salviati, Castello (HEC)



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