Bored over the long weekend?
Interested in some very undemanding learning mixed with some gentle snoozing?
Alway had a secret hankering to take off on a bus a la Cliff RIchard, Melvyn Hayes and Una Stubbs?
Thermos and Wagon Wheel biscuits at the ready?
Step up for the inaugural Searching Finance Economics Tour of Britain.
There is a change in the itinerary.
The first stop on the tour was going to be Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire, which in my extreme ignorance I'd always assumed was the site of the Bretton Woods agreement that created the economics institutions that dominated for the 2nd half of the 20th century.
Alas New Hampshire is not in the UK (check the clip below), so we must leave (although I'm really glad I did come here as there is an amazing sculpture park).
Fortunately Bretton Hall isn't too far from Fulford nr York, site of the first important battle in 1066.
While no one doubts the political importance of 1066 in history, as Wikipedia informs:
The Norman conquest was a pivotal event in English history.
It largely removed the native ruling class, replacing it with a foreign, French-speaking monarchy,aristocracy, and clerical hierarchy. This, in turn, brought about a transformation of the English language and the culture of England in a new era often referred to as Norman England.
By bringing England under the control of rulers originating in France, the Norman conquest linked the country more closely with continental Europe, lessened Scandinavian influence, and also set the stage for a rivalry with France that would continue intermittently for many centuries. It also had important consequences for the rest of the British Isles, paving the way for further Norman conquests in Wales and Ireland, and the extensive penetration of the aristocracy of Scotland by Norman and other French-speaking families, with the accompanying spread of continental institutions and cultural influences.
The economic change of the next 30 years were just as profound.
Not least the creation of the Domesday Book. The importance of which, (as again) Wikipedia informs:
... is difficult to overstate.
As H. C. Darby noted, anyone who uses it "can have nothing but admiration for what is the oldest 'public record' in England and probably the most remarkable statistical document in the history of Europe. The continent has no document to compare with this detailed description covering so great a stretch of territory. And the geographer, as he turns over the folios, with their details of population and of arable, woodland, meadow and other resources, cannot but be excited at the vast amount of information that passes before his eyes."
The first national accounts?
Significantly less cheery, in fact really horrible, is the harrying of the north which resulted in the largest fall in life expectancy and living standards in British history.
For a fuller account: http://historyonyx.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/harrying-of-north.html
So that's Stop 1, up next is ...