WEast Workshop


Das Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte veranstaltet gemeinsam mit The Eastern European Economic History Initiative (WEast) einen internationalen Workshop zum Thema

The Origins and Legacies of the Little Divergence in Central and Eastern Europe

One of the biggest challenges in economic history is to account for present-day differences in levels of economic development across countries and regions. With this in mind, the participant of the workshop will share ideas as to when and why did the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) began to lag behind the West and why they have not been able to close, or even substantially narrow, this gap. New insights can be drawn from examining their tumultuous and complex histories, as well as their untapped sources of historical data. This may concern several developmental factors, endowments, geography, institutions, and culture, in different time periods.

The WEast workshop in Vienna will offer an opportunity to share and discuss ideas and research pertaining to these and related questions. The prime objective of the WEast workshop is to facilitate communication between scholars from the ‘East’ and the ‘West’ working in the broad realm of Eastern European economic and social history in order to share their research and to encourage exchange of knowledge about available sources of data and state-of-the art methodologies.


Wann: 1. Juni 2018, 13:30-18:15; 2. Juni 2018; 9:00-18:00


Wo: Seminarraum Geschichte 1, Universitäts-Hauptgebäude, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Ein detailliertes Programm des Workshops finden sie hier.


Besonders möchten wir auf die beiden, im Rahmen des Workshops gehaltenen Key Note Lectures aufmerksam machen:


Freitag, 1. Juni 2018, 17:00-18:15, Hs. 41 (Universitäts-Hauptgebäude, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien)

Ulrich Pfister (Universität Tübingen): Human capital and intra-European divergence in economic development, 18th-19th centuries.


Samstag, 2. Juni 2018, 11:15-12.30, Hs. 41 (Universitäts-Hauptgebäude, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Paolo Malanima (Università degli Studi „Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro): Energy and the origin of modern divergence.