Research School for Economic and Social History


Posthumus fellow Maanik Nath awarded First Monograph Prize in Economic and Social History by Economic History Society

Posthumus Fellow and Assistant Professor at Utrecht University Dr Maanik Nath was awarded the First Monograph Prize in Economic and Social History by the Economic History Society (EHS) for his book Capital shortage: Credit and Indian economic development, 1920–1960. The prize was awarded at EHS’s Annual Conference dinner on 6 April 2024. Books published within 10 years of authors completing their PhDs are eligible for the prize.

Maanik’s book, published with Cambridge University Press (CUP) in 2023, speaks to readers interested in the root causes of poverty. In terms of its scientific focus, Capital Shortage shows that a tripartite set of risks perpetuated a cycle of credit scarcity, low investment and widespread deprivation across twentieth-century India. The book spotlights the stubborn relationship between climate, law and (under) development in the tropical world.

The N.W. Posthumus Institute staff congratulates Maanik with this award!