The International Economic History Association (IEHA)

The International Economic History Association (IEHA) comprises 45 economic history associations across 38 countries (23 in Europe and 15 outside Europe). The Association française d’histoire économique (AFHE) is the French affiliate, chaired by Prof. Manuela Martini.

The main mission of the IEHA is to organize this world congress every three years, the goal of which is to assemble researchers and scholars in economic history (1,500 participants in Kyoto). To date, 18 congresses have taken place. They have always constituted a world forum for economic historians and a prominent place for economists and historians to engage in a constructive dialogue.

Since it was founded in 1960—notably by Fernand Braudel and Michael Postan, the IEHA has forged tight links with EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). However, this will be the first time the WEHC has ever been held in Paris or at EHESS. It has taken place in France only once in the past: in Aix-en-Provence in 1962. The 2012 Congress took place in Stellenbosch (South Africa), in 2015 it was held in Kyoto (Japan) The previous IEHA took place at MIT in Boston in 2018.

Because of the pandemy, Paris WEHC has been postponed from 2021 to 2022.

Maxine Berg, "East-West Dialogues : Economic Historians, the Cold War, and Détente”, The Journal of Modern History, vol. 87, 2015, p. 36-71.

Maxine Berg, "Dialogues Est-Ouest : les historiens économistes, la guerre froide et la détente", Le Mouvement Social, 2017/2 (n° 259), p. 33-58