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Business History in Europe: The Vitality of the Discipline

Harm G. Schröter


This contribution is NOT about the substantial achievements or the possible omissions of business historians in Europe in the last decades, but rather about the conditions of their work, its appreciation by persons outside the discipline, and its importance in a (mainly) scholarly context: in short, how important is business history to us business historians as well as to others? It is based on information provided by more than 80 colleagues from 19 European countries. Differences and similarities in the structure of the discipline and its demand and desirability are mentioned. The argument is that, though business history is not immediately threatened, it has not been able to keep pace with the general expansion of institutional teaching and research. There are no simple remedies for this relative institutional stagnation, but it is hoped that the initiatives proposed will stimulate discussion and that they might even lead to a revitalization of working-conditions of the discipline.

Published Online: 2018-09-18
Published in Print: 2018-09-06

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