I am an economic historian with a long-standing interest in language and translation, now living on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border near Malvern. As a Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Tartu I have been working mainly on a new project, studying conceptions of change in the economic literature of early modern England. From January 2024 I will extend this to early modern Europe in connection with Ere Nokkala’s ERC project on Sweden in the Age of Liberty.
Born in London, I first went to school in Wilhelmshaven, where I lived for three years in the mid-1950s. Later when I was at Essex University my parents were living in (West) Berlin, where I worked in Smuts Barracks, right next to Spandau Prison, during vacations. I taught myself German, and partly French (building upon a very moderate O level), and somehow parlayed this in the course of the 1970s into work as an academic translator.
This was also the time that my real interest in economics developed, while a graduate student in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge. Fortunate to get any job at all in the later 1970s, I was at Keele University from 1976 to 2002, first teaching sociology, and then economics. My postdoctoral work in Heidelberg and Göttingen, stretching over the period 1979-85, re-educated me as a historian, and coincided with a developing interest in the work of Max Weber.
Given that my interests range across the social and human sciences, I hope to use this website to draw these interests together, and make sense of them in a more coherent way than is usually possible through individual essays, books, seminar presentations and lectures. A selection of my published work can however be found on my academia.edu page.
Please feel free to contact me.