Sir William Ashley
(1860-1927)

Died aged c. 67

Sir William James Ashley (25 February 1860 – 23 July 1927) was an influential English economic historian. His major intellectual influence was in organizing economic history in Great Britain and introducing the ideas of the leading German economic historians, especially Gustav von Schmoller and the historical school of economic history. His chief work is The Economic Organisation of England, still a set text on many A-level and University syllabuses.

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Photo of William Ashley blue plaque
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Sir William Ashley founded Britain's first Faculty of Commerce here in 1902

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom where he was