Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NEH Summer Programs for K-12 Teachers

Each year the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) sponsors a series of summer programs for K-12 teachers and educators. Of particular interest in 2015 are:
Each workshop is developed by the hosting institution(s), and application must be made directly to the program in which one wishes to participate. The full list can be found on the NEH website. Accepted applicants will be provided with a stipend to help defray expenses. The application deadline for the programs is March 2, 2015.

Monday, December 29, 2014

“PanAm Records Available for Researchers”

With an online exhibit, "Cleared to Land: The Records of Pan American World Airways, Inc.," the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections division announces the enhanced cataloging of this significant collection. The collection contains "[f]ifteen hundred boxes of administrative, legal, financial, technical, and promotional materials as well as internal publications, photographs, audiovisual material and graphic material." With a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission, the library staff has organized the PanAm records into eighteen thematic groups with over three hundred sub-themes to assist those searching the collection. To aid researchers, the library has prepared a visualization of the thematic outline. There is also an extensive Finding Aid, prepared by project archivist Emily Gibson. According to the website, "The end result is a collection that has been thematically mapped, mended, and preserved for generations to come, and a finding aid that allows researchers to find the materials they need more quickly and efficiently."
    Researchers should note that the PanAm Records are available for use in the library only; except for a few illustrative items on the website, the materials have not been digitized. For more information about the Pan American World Airways records, please contact Special Collections.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 10

Media coverage of Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton continues: Beckert has an essay focusing on the book in The Atlantic and is interviewed by Diane Rehm on NPR.

BackStory has an interesting episode on the railroads and the standardization of time zones, "High Noons."

The World Economic Forum blog features an essay by Simon Ville, professor of economic and business history at the University of Wollongong, on "Why We Need to Teach Economic History."

Jeremy Adelman and Jonathan Levy describe "The Fall and Rise of Economic History" in a recent Chronicle Review issue (this is gated, but viewable at the Chronicle by those whose institutions subscribe, or here, in an ungated copy).

Congratulations to Jennifer Klein of Yale University, who has been awarded the 2014 Hans Sigrist Prize by the Hans Sigrist Foundation at the University of Bern in Switzerland for her contribution to the field of “Women and Precarity: Historical Perspectives.”

We regret to report the passing of well-known economic historian John Allen James. Several of his colleagues have posted an extended Scholarly Remembrance on EH.Net, accompanied by a bibliography of his work.

Jessica Lepler of the University of New Hampshire is interviewed in the "Ask the Author" segment of the current issue of Common-Place about her book, The Many Panics of 1837 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The December 19 issue of the Boston Globe features a long article on the "Ice King," Frederic Tudor. It quotes, among others, Jonathan Rees of Colorado State University at Pueblo, author of Refrigeration Nation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Hagley Library's SoundCloud series, "Stories from the Stacks," recently featured Emily Buchnea on merchant networks in the Anglo-Atlantic world.

The UK's National Railway Museum has put up a web exhibit on "Railway Safety since 1913," based on research by Mike Esbester of the University of Portsmouth; one can also read Esbester's discussion of his research on the NRM blog.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

About Christmas Shopping

Hill Brothers Millinery Goods salesroom interior, 1885
The consumer aspects of the Christmas season affect everyone, even those who do not celebrate the holiday. With this in mind, our own small gift is a selection of websites focusing on the history of (Christmas) shopping:
Histocrats in the Classroom has a feature on "Gilded Age Christmas Shopping"
Backstory Radio offers "Counter Culture: A History of Shopping" (with commentary from, among others, Elaine Abelson, Louis Hyman, and T. H. Breen)
"The Commercial Christmas," from BBC History Magazine
Slate, explaining that Christmas shopping season has started "early" since Victorian times
"An Economist Goes Christmas Shopping," from the New York Times, by Josh Barro, son of Harvard economist Robert Barro, and
"If Economists Wrote Christmas Cards," from The Atlantic (and the poll about gift-giving on which the piece is based)
Slate, again, with "The Original War on Christmas" and the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving

Monday, December 22, 2014

WEHC2015: Accepted Sessions Posted, Registration Open

The XVIIth World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will meet in Kyoto, Japan, on August 3-7, 2015, around the theme of "Diversity in Development." The accepted sessions have now been posted to the Congress website.
    The site provides links to abstracts and expected participants for each session, as well as notices from those session organizers seeking papers. Among many relevant sessions, some of particular interest to BHC members include:
S20035, organized by Tom French: "The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan"
S20039, organized by Hugh Rockoff: "How Financial Networks Become Vulnerable to Crises: A Global and Historical Perspective"
S20058, organized by Robin Pearson: "Risk Management, Insurance and Organisational Choice in History"
S20068, organized by Peter Coclanis: "Diversity in the Development of the U.S. South"
S20083, organized by Geoffrey Jones: "Shibusawa Eiichi’s Gappon Capitalism (Ethical Capitalism) as a Model for Developing Countries in Future Global Perspectives"
S20089, organized by Naomi Lamoreaux: "Organizational Innovation and Business Enterprise in International Perspective"
S20091, organized by Zorina Khan: "Patents and Incentives for Innovation across Time and Space"
S20107, organized by Adoración Alvaro-Mora: "New Insights into Foreign Direct Investment and the Multinational Enterprise: Assessing Long-Term Impacts on Host Economies"
S20127, organized by Dan Bogart: "New Perspectives on the Economic Impact of Canals and Railways" 
Final session details are to be available in April 2015. Registration is now open, as is the accommodation reservation system. For complete details, please consult the Congress website.

Friday, December 19, 2014

BHC Seeks New Web Editor


The Business History Conference announces its search for a new Web Editor to oversee its online presence as an organization.
    The new Editor will succeed the current Web Editor, Pat Denault, who will be permanently stepping down as of June 2015. The new Editor's term would officially start in March 2015 (running for 3 months concurrently with the present editor), runs for three years, and is renewable.
    The BHC Trustees recently approved the appointment of Shane Hamilton as Web Administrator, in charge of developing and maintaining the website's content management software. The Web Editor will thus not need special technical skills in website design or server operations, but should instead be prepared to focus solely on matters of producing and updating content and information for our membership. The ongoing responsibilities of the Web Editor include the following:
  1. Posting annual meeting materials. This involves both proactively contacting people for relevant information and then posting the program, abstracts, and papers in advance of the meeting. These duties, usually running from approximately December to March, constitute the busiest time of year for the web editor and the most concentrated work. 
  2. Updating the "Governance" sections as required (annual changes in Trustees, committees, etc.); updates to bylaws. 
  3. Maintaining and updating the Prizes and Awards pages (new prizes, each year's winners, etc.) 
  4. Maintaining BEH On-Line (posting new essays each year). 
  5. The Editor also serves as an ex-officio BHC trustee. The ideal candidates would be enthusiastic about the BHC as an organization, flexible in the face of a constantly changing medium, creative in terms of what kind of material the BHC might want to add to the site, and conscientious regarding the maintenance of the web presence. 
    The current Web Editor, Pat Denault, has agreed to keep editing The Exchange, the Business History Conference weblog, which is hosted on a different website. This will make the task of the Web Editor easier.
    The new Editor can reside in any country. Should it be needed, the BHC would be in a position to budget some modest funds to support the position, preferably in conjunction with matching support from an institution. Formal applications for the Web Editor position should be submitted by February 1, 2015, to Gerben Bakker, Chair, BHC Electronic Media Oversight Committee, at g.bakker@lse.ac.uk. Please include a CV or résumé, and a cover letter explaining your qualifications, interest in the position, and vision for how to grow the BHC's web presence. Initial expressions of interest are welcome, and should also be sent to Gerben Bakker.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Web Exhibit from the NMAH: “America on the Move”

Sheet music, 'Bump, Bump, Bump in your Automobile,' words by Lew Brown, music by Albert Von Tilzer, Smithsonian Collections
America on the Move is a physical exhibit at the National Museum of American History with a strong online component. The Museum’s online transportation collection includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs. The web version of the exhibit provides numerous ways to explore the material, including a chronologically divided set of sections spamming times pre-1876 through 2000. In addition to the visual materials, there are a number of thematic "stories," featuring many essays divided into topics such as "work and lesiure," "technology," and "immigration." The site also includes a list of learning resources such as self-guided tours, a "classroom activity guide," a reading list, and a list of other web links.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sven Beckert on Slavery and Capitalism in the Chronicle Review

Chronicle Review, December 14, 2014
The current issue of the Chronicle Review has a long essay by Sven Beckert on "Slavery and Capitalism": "What distinguishes today's historians of capitalism is that they insist on its contingent nature,
tracing how it has changed over time as it has revolutionized societies, technologies, states, and many if not all facets of life." Citing scholars including Seth Rockman, Edward Baptist, Caitlin Rosenthal, and Walter Johnson, Beckert concludes that
There are still many open questions about slavery and capitalism, some specific, some broad. We have not yet conclusively shown, for example, how methods of labor control migrated from the world of the plantation to the world of the factory. We need more-detailed research on where the profits from slavery accumulated in Europe and the American North, and how they mattered to other sectors of the economy. We would benefit from a better understanding of how the tight economic connection between Northern entrepreneurs and slavery came to be undone. And we have only begun to account for what the rethinking of slavery does to our more general understanding of capitalism.
Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University and author most recently of Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014); he is the co-director of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard.

Friday, December 12, 2014

HBS Historical Collections Announces Doriot Exhibition

Georges F. Doriot, circa 1925. HBS Archives Photograph Collection: Faculty and Staff. HBS Archives, Baker Library, Harvard Business SchoolBaker Library recently opened a new exhibition, Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies. The physical exhibition, which will run through August 3, 2015, in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School, is accompanied by an extensive website. According to Laura Linard, director of Baker Library Special Collections:
Baker Library recently opened a new exhibition,
The exhibition and related website examine the career of Georges F. Doriot, an educator and a founder of the modern venture capital industry. During his 40-year tenure at Harvard Business School, the charismatic professor taught business and leadership in his celebrated Manufacturing course to nearly 7,000 students. He realized his dream of establishing the first Master of Business Administration program in Europe by helping establish the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). Doriot learned the art of bringing science and industry together in World War II, where he was responsible for the creation of new products for the welfare of US soldiers. For decades, as president of American Research & Development Corporation (ARD), an early venture capital firm founded in 1946, Doriot fostered the development of startup companies that focused on emerging technologies from computers to pacemakers.
The exhibition features selections from the Georges F. Doriot Collection—on permanent loan to Baker Library from the French Cultural Center, Boston—that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played a pioneering role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy. Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at histcollref@hbs.edu if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog. For more information about Baker Library Historical Collections, please visit the library's website.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CFP: Cliometric Society Conference, 2015

The annual Cliometric Society Conference in 2015 will be held on the weekend of Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and hosted by the University of Michigan and the National Science Foundation. The conference is designed to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in economic history. Applicants from all continents and papers addressing important topics in economic history for all countries will be considered. Interdisciplinary research is particularly encouraged.
     Applications to present papers or to attend the conference are welcome from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty in economic history, as well as from distinguished faculty in other fields who have research interests in economic history. Typically, twelve papers are selected for presentation and discussion. All participants are required to have read all papers and to attend the entire conference--that is, arrive before the opening session on Friday and leave after the closing session on Sunday. At least one author must be a member of the Cliometric Society. For membership information contact Michael Haupert at mhaupert@uwlax.edu.
     Proposals and requests to attend the conference will be accepted from December 2, 2014, through January 21, 2015. Those wishing to present a paper should provide an abstract and a 3-5 page summary of the proposed paper. In choosing papers and participants, the host committee will assign priority to those who have not attended recently or who have never attended. Graduate students wishing to attend or submit a paper proposal must obtain a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor. Those whose papers are selected for presentation will be expected to provide a completed draft of the paper in the proper format for the conference volume no later than April 1,  2015.
     Applications submitted via the web at http://eh.net/2015-cliometrics-conference-proposal-submission/ are strongly preferred. Proposals (including addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) may also be emailed to clio2015@hawaii.edu or sent via snail mail to Cliometric Society Conference Administrator, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, 2424 Maile Way, Rm 540, Honolulu, HI, 96822 USA. Questions? Email us at clio2015@hawaii.edu. The full call for papers is available on the Society website.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 9


Stephen Mihm had an article in the New York Times Sunday Review on "Why CEOs Are Growing Beards."

Sven Beckert was in the news: his new book, Empire of Cotton, was the subject of a review in Slate by Eric Herschthal; and Beckert can be heard discussing his research in a broader context on Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

The Junto had a post on "Economic Growth and the Historicity of Capitalism," by Tom Cutterham.

More on Edward Baptist and "The Half Has Never Been Told": Brett Rushforth has posted a compilation of reviews and responses to date.

Congratulations to Richard Roberts, winner of the 2014 Wadsworth Prize for Business History, presented by the Business Archives Council; the prize was awarded to Roberts for Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (Oxford University Press).

The George Washington Financial Papers Project at the University of Virginia aims to produce a digital-only edition of these materials. Some visualizations and commentary are already available on the site. See, for example, Account Book 2, 1767-1775."

The Accounting History Review has published a special issue on "Accounting and the First World War," guest edited by Warwick Funnell and Stephen P. Walker; some of the essays are available via open access.

The Library of Congress has published a very useful research guide on "How to Trace Federal Regulations."

On the Open Culture website, one can hear a BBC broadcast of John Maynard Keynes talking about rearmament as a cure for high unemployment in 1939.

Those who missed the recent Southern Historical Association meeting might wish to know that business historians were well represented, most notably in a roundtable discussion, "The New History of Capitalism and Southern History," chaired by John Majewski, University of California, Santa Barbara, and featuring Ken Lipartito, Florida International University; Robin Einhorn, University of California, Berkeley; Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia; Sharon Murphy, Providence College; and Bart Elmore, University of Alabama.

Christopher Jones, Sean Patrick Adams, and Susan Strasser were all quoted in a recent Boston Globe article on "How to Get a Country to Switch to Coal."








Saturday, December 6, 2014

BHC Launches New Website

This week the Business History Conference launched its new website. The URL remains the same, but the site has been enhanced and updated in many ways, thanks largely to the efforts of Shane Hamilton (who, as the BHC web administrator, will manage the website's background workings), with assistance from current web editor Pat Denault (who will step down in June 2015). The new site is built with Drupal, an easy to use content management system that will allow those working on the site to focus on content rather than technical aspects.
    The new design aims to bring to the fore the rich material to be found on the BHC website--syllabi, web resources, interest-group bibliographies, and current books of interest--as well as information about the organization's governance, history, and annual meetings.
    One of the most important improvements is a dynamic members-only space that permits BHC members to post information directly: BHC members can add job listings, announcements, syllabi, web resources, and other information that can be seen by anyone who visits the website. Also significant is the entirely new Expertise Database, developed in response to persistent interest in helping journalists and other non-specialists locate business historians who have expertise in a particular area. Anyone can access the database, but only BHC members can be listed therein. The members-only area also will provide a direct gateway to the BHC journal Enterprise & Society after Cambridge University Press formally takes over as publisher on January 1, 2015.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CFP: Organization of American Historians, 2016

Providence, RI
The Organization of American Historians (OAH) will hold its 2016 meeting on April 7-10 in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme of the meeting will be "On Leadership." The call for papers states:
In this presidential election year the Program Committee invites proposals addressing the theme "On Leadership" and exploring any aspect of leadership in American history. The character, origin, and practice of leadership; its successes, achievements, disappointments, and failures in any and every area of American life from the earliest years of human settlement to the early twenty-first century will be the principal topics of the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting. . . . Proposals may consider leadership as it applies to any aspect of American history, including—though certainly not limited to—politics, revolts, economics, race, gender, reform, technology, education, religion, agriculture, arts, resistance, sports, entertainment, research, communications, sexuality, literature, scholarship, environment, class, and international affairs whether leading in conventional or unconventional and dissenting directions or bounded by national, regional, or local demarcations or stretching beyond concepts of boundaries, as in cyberspace. We welcome panels that investigate cultural understandings of leadership as well as debates over ideas about leadership.
All proposals must include the following information:
• a complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant
• an abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole
• a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation
• a biography of no more than 500 words for each participant

The deadline for proposals is January 23, 2015. Please see the call for papers for additional information about session types and submission procedures.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Digital Resource: Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800

Benjamin Lincoln to Nathaniel Greene, 1782, on supplies
The early papers of the U.S. War Office, from 1784 to 1800, were destroyed by fire in 1800. Continuing a project begun over a decade ago, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has searched local repositories in the United States and Europe to find copies of the early documents and to digitize them. Over 45,000 documents have been found, consisting of hundreds of thousands of pages; the beginnings of the project are now available online at Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800. The archive contains many different kinds of documents in addition to traditional correspondence, such as accountant records, Indian treaties, inventories of equipment, and draft notes. According to the project website:
These Papers record far more than the era’s military history. Between 1784 and 1800, the War Department was responsible for Indian affairs, veteran affairs, naval affairs (until 1798), as well as militia and army matters. During the 1790s, the Secretary of War spent seven of every ten dollars of the federal budget (debt service excepted). The War Office did business with commercial firms and merchants all across the nation; it was the nation’s largest single consumer of fabric, clothing, shoes, food, medicine, building materials, and weapons of all kinds. “Follow the money,” it is said, if you want to learn what really happened, and in the early days of the Republic that money trail usually led to the War Office. For example, the War Department operated the nation’s only federal social welfare program, providing veterans’ benefits (including payments to widows and orphans) to more than 4,000 persons. It also provided internal security, governance, and diplomacy on the vast frontier, and it was the instrument that shaped relations with Native Americans.
 The War Office Papers project is using crowd-sourcing transcription techniques to bring the rediscovered documents on-line as quickly as possible.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Conference: “Entrepreneurship in Fashion”

The Enterprise of Culture: International Structures and Connections in the Fashion Industry has announced that its next event will be a conference entitled "Entrepreneurship in Fashion: Student, Academic and Industry Perspectives." The one-day meeting will be held in Edinburgh on March 5, 2015. Financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme, the conference has been organized by Enterprise of Culture team members based at the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University, Andrew MacLaren and Robert MacIntosh.
     The conference will explore the changing structure of the European fashion business, with reference to the fashion intermediaries who work behind the scenes to run the fashion system.  According to the organizers, the conference will take the idea of fashion entrepreneurship and consider it in two novel ways:
First, the day will give a platform for students, researching academics and active industry practitioners to offer their respective voices on what they consider to be the areas that deserve attention when it comes to academia. The second area of novelty relates to those voices: they will not necessarily be rejoicing in the heroism of individual fashion designers and large companies, as is so often portrayed. Instead this conference will present some of the essential yet more rarely considered areas such as merchandising, buying, blogging, store design, digital innovation and more. As is the mission of the Enterprise of Culture project, there will also be an historical flavour to the day which complements these contemporary ideas. . . . The principal aim of this conference is to engage multiple perspectives around the exciting concept of entrepreneurship in fashion and welcome thoughts, ideas and debate from the public, the industry and the research world.
Open to anyone with an interest in the business history of fashion, the conference will bring together academics, fashion industry practitioners, students, archivists, museum curators, and wider public audiences. The conference is free but registration is essential as places are limited. See here for booking information. Further details are available on the project website. To obtain a copy of the full program via email once it is available, please email enterpriseofculture@leeds.ac.uk.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Web Resource: South Sea Bubble Material at Baker Library

The web exhibit on the South Sea Bubble, "Sunk in Lucre's Sordid Charms," at Baker Library's Historical Collections focuses on the library's extensive collection on that topic, which includes more than 300 books, broadsides, pamphlets, Parliamentary documents, manuscripts, prints, and ephemera. Among the many items are digitized images of an entire set of playing cards, each one containing a bit of verse related to the Bubble. On the ace of diamonds depicted here, for example, is written: "An old Welch Justice mounted on a Goat/Is ask'd which way his Worship means to trot;/To London hur is Travelling, quoth he,/To sell Welch Copper, and to Buy South Sea."
    A complete list of the digitized records can be found on the website.

Monday, November 24, 2014

CFP: EBHS 2015 Conference

La Crosse, Wis. 1873. Geo. H. Ellsbury, del. Milwaukee Lith. & Eng. Co. (Library of Congress)
The next annual conference of the Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on May 28-30, 2015. Proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. Graduate students and non-academic affiliates are also welcome to submit proposals. According to the call for papers:
The EBHS conference offers participants the opportunity for intellectual interchange with an international, interdisciplinary, and collegial group of scholars (typically about half our participants are from economics departments and half are from history or economic history departments). The EBHS prides itself on its openness to new members and we offer reduced conference fees for graduate students and early career researchers (four years or less since doctorate earned). Our regular registration fees are reasonable, as is the cost of accommodation at the conference venue.
The keynote speaker at the conference dinner will be Professor Jeffrey Williamson, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University.
     Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details, submitted through the EBHS website at www.ebhsoc.org/conference/, or to the program chair by postal mail at Mike Haupert, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI 54601 USA. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2015.
     Questions about the meeting or organization should be addressed to program chair Mike Haupert, mhaupert@uwlax.edu, or EBHS president Erik Benson, erik.benson@cornerstone.edu.

Friday, November 21, 2014

CFP: “Beyond the New Deal Order”

The University of California at Santa Barbara will host a conference on September 24-26, 2015, on the topic “Beyond the New Deal Order.” The organizing committee (Nelson Lichtenstein and Alice O’Connor, UCSB, co-conveners; Steve Fraser, The Murphy Institute, CUNY; Gary Gerstle, University of Cambridge; Romain Huret, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; and Jean-Christian Vinel, Université Paris-Diderot) writes:
When Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle edited The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order in 1989, they made the concept of a political and social “order” central to an interpretative framework that reperiodized U.S. history, from the election of Franklin Roosevelt, through Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and on to Ronald Reagan’s victory in 1980. The New Deal was not just a presidential moment, but a far larger construction - a combination of ideas, policies, institutions, cultural norms and electoral dynamics - that spanned several decades and sustained a hegemonic governing regime. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order offered a unique way to conceptualize the history of social reform and political conflict in the 20th century, and it quickly emerged as the dominant narrative within and against which a new generation of scholars have sought to investigate the foundation, evolution, limits and decline of the New Deal. More than a quarter century after the book’s appearance, the concept of a multi-decade, political-social New Deal order still pervades our historical understanding of 20th century America. Our conference, “Beyond the New Deal Order,” draws upon the new ways of thinking about politics, ideas, economy, gender, race and ethnicity, and the U.S. role in the world that have emerged in recent historical scholarship to interrogate the foundational suppositions put forward by Fraser, Gerstle, and their co-authors more than a quarter century ago.
Submissions for both papers and panels are invited. A two-paragraph précis and a short c.v. should be sent to Kristoffer Smemo at ksmemo@umail.ucsb.edu by February 1, 2015. Some funding for graduate students and those with limited travel budgets may be available.
     For a fuller explanation of possible topics, please see the full call for papers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CFP: 2015 EABH Conference Will Focus on Inflation History

The 2015 EABH (European Association for Banking and Financial History) conference will take place on May 15 in Prague, Czech Republic, hosted by the Czech National Bank and in cooperation with the Czech Banking Association. The theme of the meeting will be "Inflation: Does It Still Matter Today?" The conference will focus on the history of inflation, ranging from the Roman Empire to modern times. According to the organizers:
Inflation is one of the biggest challenges for any country. If price levels rise all across the economy, nations can be threatened by impoverishment. Thirty years after the development of global disinflation (which occurred in the 1980s), does inflation still matter? Recent global developments challenge policy-makers. Does current US monetary policy bring dangers of inflation back to the global economy? Or is the contrary a greater concern: Is the Eurozone well on its way toward deflation? . . . The conference will focus on the history of inflation, ranging from the Roman Empire to modern times. The organizers want to look at what is new about inflation. Can historical instances of inflation provide tools for understanding modern developments? Should present day monetary authorities and decision takers be aware of these lessons as they cope with the challenges of the global economy?
Please consult the detailed call for papers for an extended discussion of possible topics. Proposals should be sent, no later than December 31, 2014, to: c.hofmann@bankinghistory.de.

Monday, November 17, 2014

CFP: Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference

National Arboretum, Canberra
The next Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference will take place at the University of New South Wales in Canberra on February 12-14, 2015. The theme will be “Recovery and Rebuilding,” but the organizers are open to proposals for contributions on other topics in economic, social, and business history, as well as to proposals for sessions on particular themes. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are warmly welcomed. Early career researchers are encouraged to participate.
    The conference organizers are particularly interested in attracting papers that examine developments in countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific region and papers that provide an international comparative perspective. As the call for papers states,
Over the next few years we observe a series of anniversaries: 2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II and the massive rebuilding required in Europe and Asia- and the first institutional outcomes from Bretton Woods in 1944; 170 years ago, the Irish potato famine began, triggering both calamity in Ireland and migrations that influenced the population of several other nations; and it has been 20 years since the damage caused by the earthquake in Kobe, Japan, necessitated the rebuilding of billions of dollars of infrastructure, while other populations in Asia, Japan, and New Zealand still recover from the more recent tsunamis and earthquakes. . . . Our theme could be approached from a number of perspectives, including those of the cliometrician, the economic historian, the economic theorist, the business historian, the applied economist, as well as the social historian. 
For a fuller discussion of the conference theme, please see the call for papers.
     Abstracts, proposals for sessions, and papers for refereeing or posting on the conference website should be emailed to all members of the program committee.
Paper abstracts of one page may be submitted at any time up to the closing date of November 30, 2014. Session proposals of one page may be submitted up to the same date, outlining the main objectives of the session and potential participants. A selection of papers (subject to the normal reviewing process and standards) may be published in Australian Economic History Review: An Asia-Pacific Journal of Economic, Business and Social History. For more information, please contact Miesje de Vogel – m.devogel@adfa.edu.au – or view the Conference website: http://apebh2015.wordpress.com.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reminder: BHC Doctoral Colloquium Submissions Due Soon

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Business History Conference annual meeting, to be held jointly with the Euopean Business History Association on June 24-27 in Miami, Florida. This prestigious workshop, sponsored by the BHC and funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place at the conference site on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24. The colloquium is limited to ten students. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars that includes at least two BHC officers. The colloquium will discuss dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and employment opportunities in business history. This colloquium is intended for doctoral candidates in the early stages of their dissertation projects.
    Those interested in being considered for this colloquium should submit a statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of 10-15 pages, and a letter of support from their dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor) to Roger Horowitz at BHC@Hagley.org. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014. All participants receive a stipend that will partially cover the costs of their attendance at the annual meeting. The colloquium committee will notify all applicants of its decisions by January 23, 2015.
   Questions may be directed to the Colloquium Director, Pamela Laird, at Pamela.Laird@ucdenver.edu.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fellowships: Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian


The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program and Travel to Collections Award Program support projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products. The programs provide access to the expertise of the Institution's research staff and the vast invention and technology collections of the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The NMAH Archives Center documents both individuals and firms across a range of time periods and subject areas. Representative collections include the Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1840-1994 and the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting Tupper, and his invention, Tupperware. In addition, the NMAH Library offers long runs of historical technology serials like Scientific American and American Machinist, and the American Trade Literature collection, which includes 300,000 catalogs, technical manuals, and advertising brochures for some 30,000 firms, primarily from 1880-1945. For a comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images, and research materials available at the NMAH (and other Smithsonian units), see http://www.collections.si.edu/.

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics that resonate with its mission to foster a greater understanding of invention and innovation, broadly defined. However, the Center especially encourages project proposals that will illuminate the role of women inventors; inventors with disabilities; inventors from diverse backgrounds; or any inventions and technologies associated with groups that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum. Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Stipends for 2015-2016 will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows. Applications are due December 1, 2014. For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_fellowships.aspx.** Researchers are encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.

The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 2 to 3 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH. Applications are due December 1, 2014. See http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_travel.aspx** for application procedures and additional information. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.

** Note: The website is being renovated; please contact Eric or Alison if the listed URLs no longer work.

Monday, November 10, 2014

CFP: Economic History Association, 2015


The next annual meeting of the Economic History Association will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 11-13, 2015. The theme of the meeting will be "Diversity in Economic History." The call for papers states:
 The program committee welcomes submissions on all subjects in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers that specifically fit the theme. Papers should be submitted individually, but authors may suggest to the Committee that three particular papers fit well together in a panel. Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Submitters should let the program committee know at the time of application if the paper they are proposing has already been submitted for publication. Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper given at the 2014 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2015 program.
Proposals should be submitted on-line, using the EHA form. The submission deadline is January 31, 2015.
    For additional information, please see the full call for papers; questions may be addressed to meetings coordinator Jari Eloranta at elorantaj@appstate.edu.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 8

For those on Twitter but unable to attend: the 2014 SHOT meeting can be followed at #SHOT14; the Histories of Capitalism Conference at Cornell is at #HOC2014. Update: Finn Arne Jørgensen has compiled the SHOT2014 tweets here on Storify.

There is an extensive review essay in The Nation related to the slavery and capitalism debate: "Apostles of Growth"

The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology in Kansas City, Missouri, has an interesting web exhibit on "The Transcontinental Railroad."  The library's holdings are a great resource for many areas of business history, and research fellowships are available.

See the GIS website by Cameron Blevins at Stanford illustrating his research on "The Geography of the Post."

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at Hagley is making available audio records of many of its scholarly talks on SoundCloud. Among them will be the Center's new series, "Stories from the Stacks," "featuring interviews with researchers who share the excitement of discovering the rich and varied historical materials in Hagley Library’s collections." New "stories" will be posted each Friday; in the first, David Reinecke discusses his research into federal involvement in development of high speed rail in the United States.

Iris Karakus has posted a summary review of a recent workshop on “Informal and Everyday Markets – Histories of Business and Entrepreneurship in India since the 19th Century,” held at the University of Göttingen in June. The workshop was jointly funded by, among others, the Center for Modern Indian Studies and the Chair for Economic and Social History, University of Göttingen and the German Historical Institute in Washington DC.


Friday, November 7, 2014

CFP: CHORD 2015 Workshop


The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites submissions for a workshop that explores the history of retailing and distribution in a rural context, to be held on May 13, 2015, at the University of Wolverhampton. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. Some of the themes that might be considered include:
  • The village shop
  • Rural networks of supply
  • Marketing and selling ‘the countryside’
  • Rural commodities, services and industries
  • Transport, networks and consumer information
  • The rural consumer
  • Markets, fairs and peddlers
  • Representations of rural retail.
  • Retailing, distribution and agriculture
To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini, at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by February 13, 2015.
    For further information, please e-mail: Laura Ugolini at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk or Karin Dannehl at k.dannehl@wlv.ac.uk.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Duanaire: Data for Irish Economic History

According to its website,
The Duanaire project borrows the Irish word for song-book or anthology (loosely, a 'treasury'), to convey the sense of a rich, varied corpus handed down and explored anew. This project, led by Dr Aidan Kane (economics at NUI Galway), will open up a wealth of Irish economic history data, and in particular, Irish fiscal history data, by making accessible online a range of datasets in flexible forms to diverse audiences. The project is constructing a unique infrastructure for the imaginative curation, exploration, and sharing of significant tranches of Irish economic history data.
Duanaire's first release is a dataset of the public finances of Ireland in the eighteenth century. The core sources are the detailed accounts of revenues and expenditures printed in the Journals of the House of Commons of the Kingdom of Ireland throughout the 1700s. These accounts are presented online in a variety of ways: one can browse the accounts year-by-year, use interactive graphs to explore the data, and download a summary dataset. The full dataset (comprising about 24,000 data items) with supporting documentation, will be made available shortly. The project is ongoing; one can follow its development from the Duanaire blog.

Monday, November 3, 2014

CFP: 2015 Appalachian Spring Conference on World History and Economics

The Tenth Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics, an interdisciplinary meeting aimed at bringing together scholars from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) and scholars from other universities in North Carolina, the surrounding states, and abroad, will hold its next meeting on April 10-11, 2015, on the Appalachian State University campus. The theme will be "The History and Nature of Capitalism"; though paper or panel proposals do not have to be directly tied to the conference theme, papers fitting with the theme will be given special consideration.
    The 2015 keynote speaker will be Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a world-renowned scholar of economic history and the history of capitalism.
  Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by February 10, 2015. A one-page abstract describing the scholar’s proposal should be submitted to the organizers by that date. A full paper will be expected by the organizers by March 10, 2015.
    There is a modest registration fee (regular: $75; [graduate] students: $30; ASU faculty and students: free). The organizers are unable to provide funding for accommodations or travel expenses.  
     Please consult the conference website for additional information; the organizers (contacts for paper proposals and practical matters) are:
Jari Eloranta, professor (Appalachian State University, Department of History): phone: 1-828-262-6006, email: jari.a.eloranta@gmail.com
Jeremy Land, Ph.D Student (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Department of History): phone: 1-704-689-2055, email: land25.jeremy@gmail.com

Friday, October 31, 2014

Digital Resource: New Deal Map

Sculpture by Constance Ortmayer, 1939, Post Office, Arcadia FL; Living New Deal Project
The Living New Deal Project at the University of California, Berkeley, has released an interactive map that will eventually show every New Deal project in the United States and territories. One can focus in on an individual area, or even an individual project; the site supplies basic details for each item listed. One can also search by project type or a combination of place and type. The site offers illustrations of many artworks and construction projects completed under the auspices of New Deal agencies. According to the designers, "Our goal is to inventory and map all New Deal public works across the nation. We want to involve Americans in a collective rediscovery of what New Deal agencies did to extricate this country from the Great Depression and lay the foundation for postwar prosperity." The project is directed by Richard Walker, professor emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GHI Fellowship Deadline Reminder

The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., offers a number of fellowships of direct interest to business historians.

Doctoral Fellowship in International Business History Preference for this 6- to 12-month fellowship in International Business History will be given to applicants whose projects fit into the GHI's research foci on transatlantic relations and the history of consumption. Comparative work is also strongly encouraged. The monthly stipend is €1,700 for doctoral students from European institutions; students based at North American institutions will receive a stipend of $1,900. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the United States.

Fellowship in Economic and Social History  Preference for this fellowship is given to applicants on the postdoctoral level. Candidates doing original research for a second book project will be preferred. The monthly stipend is €3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for U.S. citizens. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the United States.

Fellowship in the History of Consumption  This 6 to 12-month fellowship may be in the American or European History of Consumption.  Preference is given to applicants on the postdoctoral level. Candidates doing original research for a second book project will be preferred. The monthly stipend is €3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for U.S. citizens. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the US.

To apply for any of these awards, please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart at fellowships@ghi-dc.org. The application deadline for all of the awards is December 1, 2014. Complete details and application directions can be found on the GHI website. Questions may be directed to
PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
spiekermann@ghi-dc.org

Monday, October 27, 2014

PEAES “Economic History's Many Muses” Papers Available

Those unable to attend the recent anniversary conference of the Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES), "Economic History's Many Muses," can find most of the papers freely available for download on the conference website. Presenters included Joseph Adelman, Caitlin Rosenthal, Stephen Mihm, Seth Rockman, Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, Michelle Craig McDonald, and Dael Norwood; the full program is posted here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 7

Karen Cox's "Pop South" has a post on the history of the Aunt Jemima advertising campaign and a discussion of the women on whom the ad campaign was based.

Slate has an article on the world's oldest businesses and why so many of them are in Japan.

At the "History of Economics Playground," Beatrice Cherrier has an interesting post on the development of the JEL codes.

Congratulations to Bernardo Batiz-Lazo of Bangor Business School, whose co-authored (with Tobias Karlsson and Björn Thodenius) paper, "“The Origins of the Cashless Society: Cash Dispensers, Direct-to-Account Payments and the Development of On-Line Real Time Networks, C. 1965-1985,” was a co-winner of the Soltow Award for the best paper published in Essays in Business and Economic History, the journal of the Economic and Business History Society. The paper is freely available here.

A research group founded at the University of Portsmouth, "Port Towns and Urban Cultures," is developing an extensive resource list on the topic.

Those doing research in the early modern period may find a project of Northeastern University, the Early Caribbean Digital Archive of interest; the collection is allied with the larger Digital Library of the Caribbean consortium.

And yet more on Thomas Piketty:
--from The Guardian--a discussion of the reasons for the book's success by economists: "Why Is Thomas Piketty's 700-Page Book a Bestseller?"
--an audio interview with Piketty on Econtalk

Several on-line exhibitions from the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine contain material of possible interest to business historians. See, for example, "Triumph of the Passenger Ship," "The Grand Tour and the Development of Tourism," and "Road Maps: The American Way."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Digital Resource: The Hispanic Liverpool Project

Gatepost at the Liverpool estate of the Brocklehurst family, traders with Brazil
The Hispanic Liverpool Project, based at the University of Warwick, investigates the city's role as a hub in the networks of trade, commerce, migration, travel, tourism, politics, and culture that connected the Anglophone and the Luso-Hispanic worlds during the long nineteenth century. The project seeks to gather, record, and interpret the stories of the people who inhabited those networks, the trading connections they forged and exploited, the places they lived, worked, and are remembered, and the traces one can still find of them today, in Liverpool and elsewhere. According to project coordinator Kirsty Hooper,
The Hispanic Liverpool Project works with a range of sources, including shipping records, trade directories, census returns, church records, newspaper articles, travel guides, memoirs and company archives. It combines a macrohistorical approach, which aims to understand Liverpool's place in the grand narratives of nineteenth-century Anglophone and Luso-Hispanic national and imperial networks, with a microhistorical approach that pays close attention to the stories of individual people, voyages, connections, objects, encounters and events.
The site includes links to other resources, a discussion forum, and case studies, such as information about shipping companies. In development is a Hispanic Liverpool database.

Monday, October 20, 2014

CFP: “Financialization: A New Chapter in the History of Capitalism?”

The German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, has issued a call for papers for “Financialization: A New Chapter in the History of Capitalism?” to be held at the GHI on June 12-13, 2015. The conveners of this workshop are Hartmut Berghoff (Washington, DC), Kenneth Lipartito (Miami), and Laura Rischbieter (Berlin). The call for papers states:
The term “financialization” is understood by most authors to refer to the shift since 1970 from industrial to finance capitalism, a shift that had profound social and political repercussions. Over the past few decades traditional industrial economies became dominated by financial capitalism. Financial services now constitute a large and increasing share of output in the world’s most advanced industrial nations. Financial institutions have grown to enormous size, magnified by various mechanisms of financial leverage. Capital markets have gained the ability to influence and limit national economic priorities. Financialization also influences corporate behavior in a profound way. Companies are increasingly seen, and managed as, portfolios – similar to portfolios composed of financial securities. . . . Despite all these trends and new developments, the interplay between an ever more dominant capital market and the economies and societies of the Western World and beyond has not been sufficiently investigated.
This workshop seeks to summarize the state of the art of research on financialization and aims to develop a trans-disciplinary research agenda for the future. Though this conference emphasizes history, it is open to scholars from all disciplines. Junior scholars are especially encouraged to apply. Submissions may address but are not limited to the following topics:
  • Financialization of the Modern Corporation
  • Innovation Cycles and Crisis 
  • Financial Markets and the State 
  • Varieties of Capitalism and Political Changes
  •  Local Manifestations of Financialization 
  • Mediation, Interpretation, and Identity 
For a fuller discussion of topics and aims, please see the call for papers.

Potential presenters should send a title, a short abstract (max. 500 words), and a short CV to Suzanne Fabricius by December 31, 2014. In the case of acceptance, expenses for travel (economy class) and accommodation will be covered, though participants are encouraged to defray organizing costs by soliciting funds from their home institution. Inquiries may be addressed to Laura Rischbieter.
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

CFP: FEEGI Conference

The Economic and Social History Section, History Institute, Leiden University, will partner with the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) to host a joint conference on June 2-5, 2015, under the theme "Agents, Networks, Institutions and Empires." According to the call for papers:
Agents, networks and institutions are the cornerstones of empire-building. This applies to European and non-European empires, originating in the late Middle Ages, Early Modern, Modern or Contemporary period. The agency of individuals, by themselves or in various groups and communities, forged the first contacts between colonizers and colonized. At the same time, the individual and collective capacity to negotiate personal and communal interests brought about autonomy and forms of self-government in various colonized societies. Through perennial exchanges institutions were created, changed and adapted to the needs, demands and impositions of expanding empires.
FEEGI has partnered with Leiden University to pilot a new venue in Europe to continue FEEGI’s traditional and, prominent emphasis on interactions between Europeans and non-Europeans during the age of expansion. FEEGI particularly encourages contributions regarding European and non-European empires from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. However, given Leiden’s long tradition of scholarship on the history of modern empire, this 2015 conference in Europe will also entertain submissions from scholars working on similar issues up to and including the period of decolonization in the 1970s.

Proposed papers must be original, based on primary sources, and embedded in analytical and theoretical insights of global, interdisciplinary or comparative history, understood in this context as global interactions. Abstracts (maximum of 300 words) should include name, academic affiliation, academic position, and contact details; title of the proposed paper; and content of the presentation. Graduate students should send a CV along with the proposed abstract. Abstracts may be submitted here. The deadline for the submission of proposals is December 15, 2014. For more details, please see the conference website.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hartman Center Fellowships Available

The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Duke University, offers several grants for research travel to its collections.

The Hartman Center holds an extensive collection of over 3,000,000 items — correspondence, publications, advertisements, photographs, slides, films, books and serials — that document the history of advertising, sales, and marketing over the past two centuries. In addition to the J. Walter Thompson (JWT) Company Archives, the most comprehensive historical record of any advertising agency, the Center contains the collections of other key companies and individuals in the dynamic fields of advertising and marketing.

The grants available through the Hartman Center include the Alvin A. Achenbaum Travel Grants, which provide up to $750 in funding to support researchers in their use of any Hartman Center collections.The Hartman Center also offers two fellowships, the FOARE Fellowship for Outdoor Advertising and the John Furr Fellowship for J. Walter Thompson researchers. The FOARE Fellowship provides $1,000 funding for up to three researchers a year and requires researchers to stay a minimum of 10 days. Recipients of the FOARE fellowship are expected to use primarily materials from the Outdoor Advertising Archives. The John Furr Fellowship provides $1,000 in funding for up to three researchers a year and requires researchers to stay a minimum of two weeks. Recipients are expected to primarily use materials from the J. Walter Thompson Archives.

The deadline for application is January 30, 2015 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2015. Grants must be used between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015. Please note that the Rubenstein Library will be closed between July 1, 2015 and August 23, 2015 as we move into our newly renovated space. These dates are subject to change.

For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/hartman/travel-grants/ Applicants are encouraged to contact Joshua Larkin Rowley, the Hartman Center’s reference archivist, before submitting an application.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Business History at the AHA

The 2015 American Historical Association Meeting will be held in New York City on January 2-5. The full program has now been published. As an affiliated member of the AHA, the Business History Conference is able to propose sponsored sessions. We are delighted to report that several of these proposals were accepted. The headline event will be a luncheon/roundtable discussion on January 4 organized around the theme of “Capitalism, Global Business, and Inequality”; speakers will be Richard R. John, Juliette Levy, Stephanie Decker, and Bartow Elmore, with BHC president Mary Yeager presiding.
     Other BHC sessions are:
AHA session  57: Tipping in American History (chaired by Julia Ott)

BHC Session 2: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Century of Protest Art (chaired by Daniel Levinson Wilk)

AHA session 252: Immigrant Women at the Edge of the Nineteenth-Century Marketplace (chaired by Tracey Deutsch, comment by Jocelyn Wills)

AHA session 278: Exceptional Failures? Interdisciplinary Economic Analysis of U.S. Banking Failures in the Twentieth Century (chaired by David Weiman)
The listing of BHC sessions can also be found here. The BHC's AHA activities have been overseen by the BHC Liaison Committee, whose members are Barbara Hahn (chair), Josh Lauer, Caitlin Rosenthal, Alexia Yates, and Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor.

    In addition, many other sessions will be interest to business and economic historians. The following list covers only the most obviously relevant titles; attendees will find many other topics of interest.
Session 6:  Before Neoliberalism: Mexico's Corporations Enter the Global Stage, 1970-93

Session 8: Crises of the 1970s, chaired by Kim Phillips-Fein

Session 18: New Histories of Capitalism in and Beyond the Atlantic:

German Historical Institute 1: The Changing World of Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Three Centuries of German American Experience

Session  39: Calculating the Future: Capitalism and Predictive Statistics

Session 106: History, Economics, and the Wide-Ranging Impacts of the 1973 Oil Shock on U.S. Foreign Relations

Session 107: Hydroelectric Development in Mexico, Palestine, and the U.S. South: Three Cases of Modern State Coproduction

CLAH session  21: Nineteenth-Century Colonizations: Business, State Formation, and Planned Migrations in Latin America, 1810s-70s 

AHA session 128: An Atlantic Triangle: New England-Holland-Rio de la Plata Commercial Networks

AHA session 135: Early Modern European Firms and the Challenge of Global Commerce

AHA Session 170: Perspectives on Gavin Wright's Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South: A Roundtable (chaired by Dan Raff)

AHA session 190: Capitalist Crisis, Surplus Labor, and Migration in East Asia

AHA session 207: The Ground Below and Above: New Directions in the Study of Mining in the Colonial Americas

AHA session 232: The History of Engineering and the Engineering of History (chaired by Paul Israel)

AHA session 258: People and Technology: Comparing Road Building across Three Continents



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue no. 6

A recent NPR "Morning Edition" feature focused on "The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech" (audio and text). The program mentions particularly Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, as well as the resources of the Computer History Museum.

The New York Times published two more essays on Edward Baptist's "The Half Has Never Been Told": "Harvesting Cotton-Field Capitalism: Edward Baptist’s New Book Follows the Money on Slavery" and a review by Eric Foner.

Still on Baptist, there is an analytical post by Patrick Rael on the African American Intellectual History Society blog: "Capitalism's Slavery"; and Tom Cuttenham over at The Junto continues the discussion with "Commodifying Labour, Commodifying People."

Sad to report the death of well-known French business historian Maurice Lévy-Leboyer, on September 27; Hubert Bonin has published a homage.

Some time ago, we reported on the efforts of business historians to save the Wedgwood Collection, which was in danger of being sold off. Such efforts have been successful, as it has been announced that sufficient funds have been raised to save the collection.

The National History Center and the German Historical Institute hosted a program on C-Span, on "The History of Immigrant Entrepreneurship." Speakers include Hartmut Berghoff, Zulema Valdez, and Xiaojian Zhao.

The Journal of American History (2014), no. 2: 503-536, has an interchange on "The History of Capitalism."  Participants include Sven Beckert, Angus Burgin, Peter Hudson, Louis Hyman, Naomi Lamoreaux, Scott Marler, Stephen Mihm, Julia Ott, Philip Scranton, and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer. The full text is gated, but is available to OAH members or through institutional subscription.

Resource: The Consumer Movement Archives at the Kansas State University Libraries.

Fascinating resource for food historians (and economic historians looking for price data), created by reference librarian Lynne Olver: The Food Timeline; see particularly the "Historic Food Prices FAQ."