R. H. Tawney THE STUDY OF ECONOMIC HISTORY (L.S.E., 1932)
No one can speak in this place on the Study of Economic History without recalling the names of those who have done so before him. The first book on the subject which I read was a volume in the library of classics by one of whom we are all the pupils, our encyclopaedic chairman. The first lecture on it which I attended was by a research student of this School, later a master to whom a host of apprentices owed their instruction in the craft, George Unwin. The personality who gave it its place in our curriculum was Lilian Knowles, the most inspiring of teachers and most loveable of human beings. A student who inherits a corner of their estate must feel gratitude for their labours and humility at his own.