The European Yearbook of Business History reflects the changing structure, experience and aspirations of European business as it approaches the Millennium. The challenge of globalization, co-operation within a single European market, and an increasing interest in corporate governance and environmental issues are illustrative of the changes which not only affect contemporary business enterprises, but also stimulate new types of scholarship among European business historians, and encourage new preservation strategies by business archivists. Increasingly, an interest in single industries in one country is being replaced by comparative analysis embracing several countries, whilst the definition of 'business history' has widened to embrace social and political issues. The Yearbook exploits these changes by serving as a forum for debate in Europe. It publishes new academic research on any aspect of European business history, but with special emphasis on works of synthesis, comparative studies of business activity, and reviews of current research work in individual countries, including assessments of major source materials and archives. At the same time, theoretical contributions are also welcome, as are extra-European perspectives on Europe, particularly from the United States and Japan. Published in English, the Yearbook brings work on individual countries to a wider European audience.