Bye-Fellow Dr Antonie Doležalovà has initiated a joint venture between Cambridge and her home institution, the Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. Robinson History Fellows Dr Deborah Thom and Dr Amy Erickson gave the first Cambridge Lectures in Economic History at Charles University in March and April. While Dr. Erickson based her lectures and seminars on the newest findings of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population & Social Structure’s project on the ‘Occupational Structure of England and Wales’. Dr. Thom was talking about the social situation of women during the Great War in Great Britain and Russian Revolution in Russia. Students enrolled from across a range of faculties at the university, including students on the European Erasmus Exchange programme. Dr Doležalovà is writing a biographical history of two eminent economic historians of Eastern Europe, Dr Mikulàš Teich of Robinson, who celebrates his centenary this year, and his wife Dr Alice Teichova of Girton, who died in 2015. Austrian and Czechoslovak (actually Austro-Hungarian) by birth, the Teichs left Central Europe for the Great Britain twice, in 1938 and again in 1968, driven out by two totalitarian regimes. The most successful part of their scientific careers started after 1968 in Cambridge. They published dozens of books and became the world leading figures in their discipline.
Next academic year's guest lecturers in Prague will be from other colleges: Dr Duncan Needham and Prof. Sheilagh Ogilvie. Robinson is proud to have inaugurated this historic collaboration and thanks Dr Doležalovà for her initiative.