Patrick O'Brien


Centennial Professor of Economic History, London School of Economics. Patrick O’Brien is an economic historian with a broad understanding of imperialism, specifically the international impact of the British Empire and the differences between benevolent and selfish empires. His research interest is in global economic history, in particular world trade, technology, and historiographical traditions. Among other activities, Professor O’Brien is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and Royal Society of Arts, and the European Academy.