Alan Steele Milward: Historian, Economist and Political Theorist
In collaboration with the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre
16 December 2015, 17:00-19:00
MW 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, butmisleading. The most important issues and methods at the centre of the social science remainthe 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.
Luc-André Brunet (HEC), Emmanuel Comte (RSCAS), Ricardo Estrada (ECO)
Programme available here