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EH 2501
Incomes, Inequality and Industrialisation

Staff contact: Dr. Bernard Attard (Att.805C)

Aims and objectives

The aim of this module is to enable students to manipulate historical information using computers, with a view to them developing their own ideas and interpretations. No previous knowledge of computing is necessary, but by the end of the course students will have received a good grounding in word processing and the use of spreadsheets, graphics, and statistical software packages. These skills will not only help as you prepare your third-year dissertation but, in a transferable sense, they will be useful in the future job market.

Module outline

The course examines primary sources such as government publications and census returns, and considers the ways in which the information contained therein may be analysed using computing techniques. Historical data such as national income, industrial and agricultural output, wages and salaries, occupational data and cost of living indices are analysed using spreadsheets, graphics, and statistical techniques.

Teaching methods

Teaching combines presentations (one hour per week) and practical sessions (two hours per week). Practicals are supervised by the lecturer and a team of teaching assistants.


There is no examination for this course. An assignment will be completed each week. Five of these assignments are assessed and form 50% of the overall course mark. A major assignment of approximately 3,500 words will also be submitted towards the end of the course and this is worth 40% of the overall mark. A short oral presentation about the major assignment undertaken is also required and will be assessed (10%).

Short Bibliography

You will be required to purchase a course booklet. No single course textbook is recommended, but by way of preliminary reading, you may want to consult some of the following works.

Floud, R. & D. McCloskey (eds) The Economic History of Britain since 1700

Deane, P. & W. A. Cole British Economic Growth 1688-1859

Mitchell, B. R. & P. Deane Abstract of British Historical Statistics

Wrigley, E. A. (ed) Nineteenth century Society. Essays in the use of Quantitative Methods for the Study of Social Data

Adrian Beck, M. Maynard and R. Rodger, A Student's Guide to Excel 2000

Roderick Floud, An Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Historians, 2nd edition

Pat Hudson, History by Numbers.

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