The XVIth World Economic
History Congress

The WEHC Congress Secretariat is delighted to announce that there will be a book launch for newly published authors at 16h45 on Tuesday, 10 July.

James A. Robinson and Daron Acemoglu are coauthors of ‘Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty’, a book that presents a provocative new theory of political economy that explains the why the world is divided into nations with wildly differing levels of prosperity.  Robinson will be joined by Steve Broadberry, of the London School of Economics, for a discussion about his book and why it is institutions, and not climate, geography or culture, that explain the difference in prosperity between nations. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Leigh A. Gardner will discuss her book, ‘Taxing Colonial Africa: The Political Economy of British Imperialism’ with Gareth Austin (Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies). The booked explores the revenue raised in the British colonies in Africa, and shows how efforts to balance the budget shaped colonial public policy at every level and how these compromises made in the face of financial constraints shaped the political and economic institutions that were established by colonial administrations and inherited by the former colonies at independence. Copies of the book may be pre-ordered at the event.

This event is open to congress delegates and accompany persons, and members of the public. Any authors interested in presenting their books can contact
For those travelling with congress delegates or for delegates with a free moment during the congress week, check out the full partners programme here that showcases the splendour and vibrancy of Stellenbosch and Cape Town! Take a trip into Cape Town to summit Table Mountain and then explore the historical centre of Cape Town with a guide or do a grand tour of the Cape Peninsula including Cape Point; head out to the wine lands for a historical tour – or wine and chocolate pairing; discover Stellenbosch in a half day walking tour; or drive some of the most scenic routes in South Africa and perhaps spot a Whale or four. Alternatively, you can tailor your own tour to suit your time.

The Adventure Shop (a leading tour operator) is one of the top tour operators in Stellenbosch and based at the Stellenbosch Information Centre.

Click here for Day Tours and Partners Programme.
Book with Africa Bespoke to take the hassle out of your travel plans and access great value via their excellent pre-negotiated rates with all suppliers.  You will NOT pay more than you would direct and there are no handling fees or hidden extra charges.

Choose from a wide range of travel itineraries here that vary from an extended stay in Stellenbosch or Cape Town, to trips to other popular destinations around South Africa and Southern Africa – or create a personalise itinerary to suit your time and budget constraints. Please click on the links to the Virtual Itineraries, which will give you an excellent idea of what the tours entail: the route, the accommodation and more.
Accommodation at the official congress accommodation establishments is booking up fast. If you have yet to register, you can book your accommodation whilst completing the online registration form. Or you can book directly with one of the recommended alternative accommodation establishments.

Click here to see the official congress accommodation options.
Click here to see the self-booking options.
Click here to see an interactive map showing the proximity of accommodation to the congress venue at Kruiskerk.
IMPORTANT: Please note that no transport will be provided between accommodation and congress venue (and airport), and delegates will need to make independent arrangements.
All delegates and their accompany partners are responsible for making their own transport arrangements (including airport transfers), and the cost will be for their own account. Please click here for information on transfer providers. Alternatively, arrangements can be made directly at your place of accommodation, but this may be more expensive.

It is strongly recommended that delegates pre-arrange their airport transfers prior to their arrival in Cape Town to guarantee availability.
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WEHC 2012 Congress Secretariat

African Agenda
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 2934
Fax: +27 (0)21 683 0816





Congress Opening Session

9 July 2012