Independent thinking

November 5, 2004

It was nice to see the department of economic and social history at Glasgow University mentioned in Peter Wardley's review of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (Books, October 29).

We are one of two fully autonomous departments specialising in social science history in the UK (along with the department of economic history at the London School of Economics).

The department is in a completely separate faculty from Glasgow's department of history, so why does Wardley describe it as "quasi-independent"?

Ray Stokes
Head, department of economic and social history
Glasgow University

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