Monday, October 24, 2022


October 21, 2022

Dear Will (if I may),

I am writing to you as a former author of The Concord Review, in response to the last newsletter. You published my International Baccalaureate extended essay in history written in 1999, Ploughshares into Swords: Did the German Industrial Phoenix Push Wilhelm II Towards Reckless Ambition?

The role of TCR in my academic career cannot be overstated. This was my first academic publication and did much to inspire me towards further study. At the time, I was a student at Lester B Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. After the completion of my studies, I returned to my native Hungary and began a publishing career as an undergraduate. The critical essay writing skills that I had acquired helped me enormously. By the time I finished university, I had published two papers in the top two Hungarian history journals and received the contract for my first monograph.

In 2005, I received a full scholarship to read for an MPhil and subsequently a PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford. My graduate work was still inspired by German economic history, in particular the economic consequences of World War II for economic growth in West Germany after 1945. My master thesis was awarded the Feinstein Prize in 2008, my doctoral dissertation the thesis prize of the International Economic History Association in 2012. I was an assistant professor at the London School of Economics before I moved to Bocconi University in Milan, where I have been an associate professor with tenure since 2019.

I have had a successful career in publishing articles in top journals of economic history, including two papers in the Economic History Review. In 2018, I published a monograph with Cambridge University Press, The Economic Consequences of the War: West Germany's Growth Miracle After 1945. It was reviewed by Barry Eichengreen in the American Historical Review.

I have also become a passionate educator, teaching economic history at both undergraduate and graduate level, and having supervised both doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

I can tell you with the greatest sincerity, as a fellow academic, that the work you continue to do is of inestimable value.

Thank you and best regards,


Dr Tamás Vonyó
Associate Professor of Economic History
Bocconi University
Department of Social and Political Sciences
Via Roentgen 1
20136 Milan, IT

Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Anne Rutledge 
Out of me unworthy and unknown
The vibrations of deathless music;
“With malice toward none, with charity for all.” 

Out of me the forgiveness of millions toward millions,
And the beneficent face of a nation
Shining with justice and truth. 

I am Anne Rutledge who sleep beneath these weeds,
Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln,
Wedded to him, not through union,
But through separation. 

Bloom forever, O Republic,
From the dust of my bosom!