Monday, April 24, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 35

News and notes of interest from around the web:
From KILN, a fascinating shipping map for 2012; run the video to see types of ships, cargos, and other information.

W. E. B. Du Bois prepared a number of charts for the Negro Exhibit of the American Section at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 to show the economic and social progress of African Americans since emancipation; they are available on the Library of Congress website, and there is a story about them here.

Edward Balleisen can be seen speaking about his book Fraud: American History from Barnum to Madoff  (Princeton University Press, 2017) at the National History Center in Washington, D.C. And he talks about his research for the Duke University Ways and Means podcast.

And Marie Hicks is interviewed on the New Books Network podcast about her recently published  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017).

The BT Digital Archives has enhanced and expanded its online presence, with many materials highlighting the history of "the world's oldest communications company."

On the H-Net Book Channel, Adam Quinn has an essay called "Reforming History," an overview of recent scholarship on the Progressive Era.

On the Georgian Papers blog, Justin Clement writes about "The Birth of Britain's Capitalist Empire."

Gridium presents a podcast interview (and transcription) with Andrew Russell about "The Dark Side of Innovation, seen from Bell Labs, Mars, and maintenance."

"Mapping Early American Elections" has launched a website as it begins to turn the raw material from "A New Nation Votes" American Election Returns 1787-1825" into a dataset that "will give scholars a way to see American elections as a whole through maps and other kinds of analysis."

Louis Hyman published an opinion piece in the April 8 New York Times on "The Myth of Main Street."

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele has an essay in the current issue of Common-Place about "the culture of chauvinistic entitlement" in Daniel Parker's War Department.

The program for "Innovative Solutions for Archives and Financial Crises," taking place in St. Louis on May 11-12, 2017, has now been posted. The conference is co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH).

Susan Strasser has an article on the OAH blog, "Process History," entitled "Snake Oil Revisited: Household Medicine and the Condescension of Posterity." As does Christy Ford Chapin, writing about "The Historical Origins of Today's Healthcare Debates."
    Strasser also has an article in the New York Times on the history of the microwave.

And over at the AHA blog, Joseph Malherek has an essay on Edward Bernays and American consumer culture.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of British art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain; an entry in the Getty blog, the Iris, details the importance and uses of records of art sales.

The Spectator Archive contains digitized versions of every issue of the magazine, 1828-2008. Researchers can search by content, keyword, topic, location, and date.

Friday, April 21, 2017

BHC Awards Announced at Annual Meeting

In addition to the Hagley and Gomory book prizes previously featured, the Business History Conference presented the following awards and prizes at its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Naomi Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics & History, Yale University

Herman E. Krooss Prize, for the best dissertation:
Gerardo Con Diaz, Yale University, 2016
"Intangible Inventions:  A History of Software Patenting in the United States, 1945-1985"

K. Austin Kerr Prize for the best first paper presented at a BHC meeting by a new scholar:
Kelly Kean Sharp, “No Free Market: The Enslaved Marketwomen and Butchers of Charleston's Centre Market Stalls”

Philip Scranton Prize, for the best article in the 2016 volume of Enterprise and Society:
Petri Paju and Thomas Haigh, "IBM Rebuilds Europe: The Curious Case of the Transnational Typewriter," no. 2 (June 2016): 265-300.

Mira Wilkins Prize, for the best article in the 2016 volume of Enterprise and Society pertaining to international and comparative business history:
Petri Paju and Thomas Haigh, "IBM Rebuilds Europe: The Curious Case of the Transnational Typewriter," no. 2 (June 2016): 265-300.
The BHC meeting also serves as the venue for the announcement of the recipients of the Rovensky Fellowhip for dissertation research. The awardees for 2017-2018 are:
Emilie Connolly, New York University, for "Indian Trust Funds and the Routes of American Capitalism"
Devin Kennedy, Harvard University, for "Computing's Economy: Technology and the Making of Modern Finance, 1930-1975"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Program Available: CHORD May Workshop

The program for the next CHORD (Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) workshop, which will take place on May 23, 2017, at Wolverhampton University, has now been posted. The program, constructed around the workshop theme of "Retailing, Distribution, and Reputation: Historical Perspectives," contains links to abstracts for all the papers.
    For registration and other useful information, please consult the workshop website.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Web Resource: New York City Directories

The New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first group, 1849-1903, is already available. Directories have long been an important tool for business historians, recording the names and addresses of residents, of  churches, businesses, schools, police stations, courts, and other government offices, as well as individual names associated with those institutions.
City directories contain much more than lists of names and addresses. They record the price of travel and postage, the kinds of occupations undertaken in the city, the layout of streets, and at what time the sun was predicted to rise and set. . . . In addition to textual information, city directories feature many images, including maps, illustrations of buildings, and advertisements, occasionally printed on colored or decorative paper. Directories record the city's built and commercial history.
    See the post by Philip Sutton on the NYPL blog for a longer discussion of the value of city directories for historians and tips for using them.

Friday, April 14, 2017

CFP: “Material Realities of Energy Histories”

The Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire has issued a call for papers on the topic "The Material Realities of Energy Histories" for a special issue. According to the organizers
Energy history has grown considerably from a largely overlooked sub-field to an important and relevant line of historical enquiry. Responding to the realization that human energy use has been directly responsible for monumental social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental changes, such as industrialization, urbanization, global warming, and the onset of the Anthropocene, historians have begun to embrace the need to understand better how energy structured human societies.
The proposed essays "should explore topics that address the transnational dimensions and multiple scales of the material realities and environmental consequences of energy production, distribution, and consumption in any time period."
    Submissions (a 250-300 word abstract) should be sent by June 2, 2017, to guest editor Andrew Watson at cjh@usask.ca. For a more detailed description of possible topics and other project deadlines, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Conference: “Coins of the Realm”

The UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies will hold a conference on May 5-6, 2017, on "Coins of the Realm: Money, Value, and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Atlantic." According to the organizer, Andrew Apter of UCLA,
The conference addresses key relationships between money-forms and political authority during major transitions in the British Atlantic economy associated with the Stuart Restoration, the financial revolution, the Board of Trade and Plantations, and the Royal African Company. Of central importance is the Great Recoinage of 1696, which attempted to restore England’s national currency by realigning the nominal values of coins with their material worth as gold and silver. . . . Papers will draw on cases from England, the West Indies, colonial North America, and West Africa to highlight emergent connections between monetary value and political sovereignty in the early modern Atlantic.
The program and registration information are available on the conference website.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Request for Help: Older BHC Programs

As part of ongoing efforts to add content to the BHC website, we are in the process of adding to the files of annual meeting programs. We are missing some early years, and so we send out this request for information. Years needed are

1954 (Northwestern University)
1954 (University of Michigan)
[1955] no meeting
1956 (Indiana University)
1957 [no meeting]
1958 (State Historical Society, Wisconsin)
1959 (University of Illinois)
1960 (Marquette University)
1961 (Purdue University)
1963 (Northwestern University)
1964 (Indiana University)
1965 (Kent State University)
1970 (University of Iowa)
1971 (Oberlin College)
1972 (Loyola University)
1974 (Hagley Museum and Library)
1975 (Northwestern University)
We would be grateful if readers who have copies of any of these programs would get in touch with Pat Denault (pat.denault@gmail.com). We'll let folks know when the current batch of older programs is uploaded. In the meantime, all programs, 2017-2003, are linked from our website at http://www.thebhc.org/all-annual-meetings.

Friday, April 7, 2017

EABH Conference: “The Haute Banque in the World”

As part of its 2017 annual meeting, the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH), in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier, will hold a conference on June 23, 2017, entitled "Legacy of Finance: The Haute-Banque in the World from the 19th to the 21st Century." According to the organizers:
The haute banque emerged as a private banking elite in France during the Restoration period. Haute banque institutions were well respected and dealt with major international business and state affairs. They declined and vanished after the World Wars of the 20th century. Now, the haute banque is having a comeback in the 21st century. How did this happen? and why?
The full program is available on the EABH website, as is a listing of all the organization's events. Registration is open at https://2017eabh.eventbrite.co.uk. Early bird tickets for non-members are available until April 15.
     The full meeting will commence on June 22 with sessions for EABH members only. The keynote speaker for the EABH members' dinner will be Harold James, who will talk about "The Haute Banque and National Security."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BHC Book Prizes Awarded

At last week's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, the Business History Conference awarded its two book prizes.
The Hagley Prize for the best book in business history in the previous year was awarded to Mark R. Wilson of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

The Gomory Prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate. In a first, Mark R. Wilson was the co-recipient of this prize as well. The co-winner was Johan Mathew of Rutgers University, for Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea (University of California Press, 2016).

The Gomory committee also awarded an honorable mention, to William N. Goetzmann, for Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Friday, March 31, 2017

CFP: “Money, Power and Print,” 2018 Colloquium

Hogarth, "Emblematical print of the South Sea," from <em>Hogarth Restored: The Whole Works of the celebrated William Hogarth, re-engraved by Thomas Cook (1812)</em>
The "Money, Power and Print" group will hold its eighth biennial colloquium in Siegen, Germany, on June 7-9, 2018. The group began as an association of scholars interested in interdisciplinary studies of contemporary attitudes toward the "financial revolution" in early-modern Britain, specifically the rise of banks, paper money, joint-stock corporations, stock markets, and public debt. Over time, its focus has gradually evolved and the interest now is on how those practices developed across early modern Europe.
According to the organizers of the colloquium:
Papers will be distributed in advance and presented in two-hour sessions at which all colloquium participants are present. Presenters will have five minutes to summarize their paper. The remainder of each session will be given over to questions and discussion, in which the goal is to enrich our mutual understanding by eliciting insights from all of the disciplines represented at the table. Authors are therefore expected to write for a non-specialist audience, avoiding jargon, making concepts from their own discipline readily accessible to all those present, seeking to identify areas of general interest, and focusing on questions on which scholars of various disciplines will have something to contribute. Graduate students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.
Initial expressions of interest of 250 words or fewer are due no later than April 15, 2017. For more details, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Books in Business and Economic History: Pre-Meeting Edition

In the run-up to this week's BHC meeting, new March and April books, plus a few we missed:

Hannah Barker, Family and Business during the Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, March 2017)

Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, eds., Green Capitalism: Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, April 2017)

Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of a Nation (Beacon Press, January 2017)

Fahad Ahmad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780–1950 (Cambridge University Press, March 2017)

Paul Cheney, Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue (University of Chicago Press, February 2017)

Patrick Fridenson and Kikkawa Takeo, eds., Ethical Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi and Business Leadership in Global Perspective (University of Toronto Press, March 2017)

Peter James Hudson, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean (University of Chicago Press, April 2017)

Harold A. Innis, Essays in Canadian Economic History, ed. Mary Q. Innis (University of Toronto Press, March 2017)

Sharon McConnell-Sidorick, Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal (University of North Carolina Press, April 2017)

Sharon Ann Murphy, Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in the Early American Republic
(Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2017)

Kim Phillips-Fein, Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (Macmillan, April 2017)

Steven Press, Rogue Empires: Contracts and Conmen in Europe’s Scramble for Africa (Harvard University Press, April 2017)

Benjamin C. Waterhouse, The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States (Simon & Schuster, April 2017)


Monday, March 27, 2017

Conference Program: Maintainers II

The Maintainers is a global, interdisciplinary research network whose members share an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain the human-built world. The group is holding its second conference, “The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders,” to be hosted at Stevens Institute of Technology on April 6-9, 2017. The program is now available.
    The group also runs an occasional blog and has a mailing list to which those interested can subscribe; they also have a Twitter account. Questions may be addressed to Lee Vinsel at lee.vinsel@gmail.com.


Friday, March 24, 2017

BHC 2017 Meets in Denver Next Week

The Business History Conference (BHC) is holding its 2017 meeting in Denver, Colorado, on March 30-April 1. The final version of the program is now available on the BHC website, including links to abstracts and a few full papers. Special sessions include an opening plenary on Thursday evening, on "The Cultures of a Business Civilization"; another on Friday afternoon, "Keywords in American Economic and Business History"; and the Krooss Dissertation plenary, on Saturday evening.
    In addition, the BHC hosts a number of pre-meeting activities, including two workshops, a paper development workshop sponsored by the Copenhagen Business School, and the Doctoral Colloquium.
    Advance on-line registration has closed, but attendees may register for the meeting itself in person.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CFP: BHC 2018 Meeting

The Business History Conference will hold its 2018 meeting on April 5-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of the meeting will be "Money, Finance, and Capital." The program committee--comprising David Sicilia (chair), Christy Ford Chapin, Per Hansen, Naomi Lamoreaux, Rory Miller, Julia Ott, and Mary O’Sullivan (BHC president)--explains:
Historians who want to write compelling histories of capitalism must grapple with the manifold roles that money, finance, and capital have played in political, economic, social and cultural dynamics. Yet, for many years, the abstruse and elusive character of these phenomena encouraged many historians of economic life to maintain a safe distance from them. Of course, there have always been some historians willing to figure out where money, finance, and capital fit into broader histories of our societies. Still, much of what we know about currency and credit, investment and profit, bonds and futures results from highly specialized research whose technical quality reinforces the enigmatic character of these subjects. . . . The theme of the 2018 BHC conference is designed to encourage contributions from a variety of approaches to historical research on the themes of money, finance, and capital, covering a broad range of periods and geographies.
    While proposals on the theme are encouraged, papers addressing all other topics will receive equal consideration by the program committee in accordance with BHC policy. The program committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (300 word) abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include a cover letter stating the rationale for the panel and the name of its contact person; one-page (300 word) abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a list of preferred panel chairs and commentators with contact information. To submit a proposal go to http://thebhc.org/2018-bhc-meeting and click on the link Submit a Paper/Panel Proposal.
     The 2018 call for papers also includes information about applying for the K. Austin Kerr Prize and the Herman E. Krooss Prize. The deadline for all proposals is October 2, 2017.
    The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. Funded by Cambridge University Press, the 2018 colloquium will take place in Baltimore on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline. Applications, due by November 15, 2017 via email to BHC@Hagley.org, should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from the dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, eballeis@duke.edu. All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. 
    For a fuller discussion of the meeting theme, suitable topics, and prize and colloquium guidelines, please see the full call for papers. General questions regarding the BHC’s 2018 annual meeting may be sent to Secretary-Treasurer Roger Horowitz, rh@udel.edu.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Deadline Reminder: Special Issue CFP: “Indian Business in the Global World”

Business History has issued a call for papers for a special volume on "Indian Business in the Global World." According to guest editors Swapnesh Masrani, School of Management, University of Stirling, and Carlo Morelli, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee:
Indian business history remains a largely unexplored area of research for a European and North American academic audience. Hitherto Indian business history has largely been addressed within a dichotomy of its relationship to the rise of the domestic economic industrialization or alternatively within a context of subordination to, and exploitation by, western multinationals. Thus the relationship between indigenous development and Indian firms’ integration and growth within a wider world economy has been paid little attention. This call . . . seeks to place the development of Indian business in its wider relationships to both the Indian domestic economy and the world economy.
For a fuller discussion of the aims of this special issue, please see the full call for papers.
     Articles should be based on original research and/or innovative analysis and should not be under consideration by another journal. All articles should be submitted by March 31, 2017. Submission instructions are available on the journal website. Questions may be directed to Swapnesh Masrani or Carlo Morelli.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 34


Items of interest from around the web:
The corporate archives of Woolworth's UK have been donated to the University of Reading Archives at the University's Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). Following preservation work and cataloguing, the collection will soon be accessible to researchers.

The 99% Invisible website recently featured an article on "Machines for Living In: How Technology Shaped a Century of Interior Design."

The Harvard Business Review has posted "When America Was Most Innovative and Why," by Ufuk Akcigit, John Grigsby, and Tom Nicholas.

In other HBS faculty news, there is an interesting interview in the Harvard Gazette with David Moss about his new book, Democracy: A Case Study (Harvard University Press), which uses the case method to chart the development of American democracy; many of the nineteen cases relate directly to business history.

And "Live Mint" has an interview with Geoffrey Jones of HBS on "a second wave of deglobalization."

Further on globalization, Jeremy Adelman of Princeton University has an extended essay on "Aeon" about the historiography and future of global history: "What is global history now?

Two posts of interest from "The Conversation": "Women were to blame for the south sea bubble--according to men," by Anne Murphy; and "No, the black death did not create more jobs for women," by Jane Humphreys.

The EHS blog, "The Long Run," has accumulated a number of interesting essays. 

Heidi Tworek, Richard John, Michael Stamm, and Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb were among the participants at the recent Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference held at New York University. Details of the closing panel, featuring Tworek, John, Stamm, and Silberstein-Loeb, are highlighted here; Stamm also presented the keynote speech.

Richard John also spoke recently to the Forbes staff about the history of American capitalism. He has posted the slides from that talk online. 

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has announced that Laura Phillips Sawyer of the Harvard Business School has been selected to receive the 2016 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize for her article, “California Fair Trade: Antitrust and the Politics of 'Fairness' in U.S. Competition Policy” (Business History Review, 2015). The Sonnedecker Prize is awarded annually for the best original article published on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States.

Nancy Tomes, professor at Stony Brook University, is one of the winners of the Bancroft Prize for Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press), which examines the origins of the notion that patients should “shop” for health care.

The University of Toronto Press Journals blog has published an interview with Nicole St-Onge about her essay " 'He was neither a soldier nor a slave: he was under the control of no man': Kahnawake Mohawks in the Northwest Fur Trade, 1790-1850," which appeared in the Canadian Journal of History/Annales Canadiennes D’Histoire in 2016; the article is available here ungated, for a very limited time.

Liz Daly's "Culture Digest" looks at the new exhibit at the Museum of American Finance, "For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency"; a brief online view of the exhibit is here.

Andrew Hartman of Illinois State University posted the reading list for his "History of Capitalism" course on the U.S. Intellectual History blog; see also the comments offering additions.

The Panorama, the blog for the Journal of the Early Republic, published for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), has two essays of particular interest: one by John Lauritz Larson, on "On Cat's Paws: Teaching the Emergence of Capitalism in American History," and another by Ellen Hartigan O'Connor, on "Teaching Gender's Value.":

An exhibition of interest at the Musee du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac in Paris: "L'Afrique des Routes," which offers a new approach to the role of the African continent in international trade and cultural exchanges through more than 350 objects (scroll down to see some illustrations). A brief overview in English is here; the accompanying exhibition catalog is here.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Program: Economic History Society 2017 Conference

The Economic History Society (EHS) will hold its annual meeting at Royal Holloway, University of London, on March 31-April 2, 2017. The program, which includes links to the full text of a number of the papers, is now available on the conference website. It . The conference features a plenary lecture, delivered by Professor Tim Hatton (University of Essex), "Heights and health since 1870: the long and the short of it"; and the Tawney Lecture, presented by Professor Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick), "Falling behind and catching up: India’s transition from a colonial economy."
      Readers can also find a link to the conference booklet, which contains abstracts of the new researchers' and academic session papers.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SI Exhibit on the Advertising Business Unveiled

The National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian has launched a new web exhibit on "The Advertising Business." According to the introduction,
The advertising business shaped the relationship between producers and consumers. Starting with newspapers, advertising financed media in the U.S., ensuring that it all became commercialized. Advertisers defined the benefits of consumption for Americans, linking products to personal improvement, convenience, and national progress. Admen and a few adwomen developed selling expertise that manufacturers and retailers came to rely on and that made consumption a central part of American life.
The well-illustrated exhibit is divided into five chronological segments, from the 1750s to the present day. Topics addressed include patent medicines, racial and gender barriers and stereotypes, the rise of branding, the uses of direct mail, and critiques of advertising.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Call for Applicants: EBHA Doctoral Summer School

Cathedral of S. Ciriaco, Ancona
The 9th edition of the EBHA (European Business History Association) Summer School will take place in Ancona (Italy) from Monday, September 4, to Saturday, September 9, 2017. It is organized jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA), the Università Politecnica delle Marche, and the Italian Association for Business History (ASSI). Students will be accommodated in the beautiful town of Ancona to debate and discuss their research with leading international scholars.
       The theme for the school will be "Business History: Debates, Challenges and Opportunities." The school will focus on theoretical, methodological and practical issues which are of relevance for advanced research in business history. The main aim of the school is to provide students with a full understanding of the newest trends in research in the field and to provide a friendly atmosphere in which to discuss their preliminary findings with leading scholars as well as among their peers.
     The organizers will cover all local costs (accommodation in a double or triple room and food), but participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses. Participation will be limited to 15-20 Ph.D. students. Those interested in attending the summer school should send the following documents by e-mail to the academic organizer, Veronica Binda (veronica.binda@unibocconi.it):
  1. a brief CV (not exceeding one page); 
  2. a summary of their dissertation project (not exceeding three pages); 
  3. (if possible) an example of their work in progress, e.g. a draft chapter or a working paper (in any language). 
The deadline for applications is May 14, 2017. A maximum of 20 participants will be selected from these applications. Please see the EBHA website for the complete call for applications.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Business History at "The Berks" 2017: Preliminary Program Available

"Native New Yorker," by Pura Cruz, 2006. Courtesy of Cliff Jernigan

The Business History Conference is sponsoring a panel at the 2017 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, to be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on June 1-4, 2017. The BHC panel is session 1243, "Gendering and Re-gendering Market Actors, 1870-1950." Chaired by Pamela Walker Laird, the session features papers by Aiala Levy, Daniel Levinson Wilk, and Mark J. Crowley.
     Other sessions of interest include:
1182: "Black Women and Global Capitalism in the Post War Era"
1543: "Gender, Wealth, and Women's Economic Strategies in the Anglo-Atlantic World"
1509: "Pocketbook Power: Women's Consumption and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century"
1323: "Bodies under Capitalism"
1355: "Black Women and Their Property: Comparing 18th and 19th-Century Brazil and Africa"
1130: "Racialized and Gendered Experiences with Consumer Capitalism"
1803: "The Politics of Women's Businesses"
1414: "Gender and Capitalist Development in Mexico, 1840-1980"
1792: "Creating Pink Labor in Late 19th and 20th Century US"
1793: "Class, Family, and Capitalism in the Early 20th Century United States"
1339: "Governing Women in Capitalism on Three Continents"
In addition to these sessions, a number of other panels contain papers about enslaved women's work, women in technology, labor issues, and other relevant topics. The main program page has a keyword search function that will help users find papers of interest. The theme of the 2017 meeting is "Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking about Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy."
    For information about the conference, please consult the 2017 Berkshire Conference website.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CFP: African Economic History Network 2017 Meeting

The African Economic History Network (AEHN), in association with the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past (LEAP) at Stellenbosch University, Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, and Economic Research Southern Africa, announces a call for papers for the seventh annual meeting of the AEHN, which will be held on October 25-27, 2017, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference theme is "Innovation and the African Past."
    Papers on all aspects of African economic history are welcome, but preference will be given to those that pertain to the conference theme. Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to leap@sun.ac.za no later than May 15, 2017. Some funding will be available for graduate students and faculty from Africa. Those in need of such funds should so indicate in their proposal emails.

Monday, March 6, 2017

BHC Authors in the Media

A number of BHC members and their work have recently been featured in non-academic venues:
Edward Balleisen was interviewed on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour about his recent book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, January 2017). There is also a print interview with Balleisen on the Christian Science Monitor website.

A book by Wendy Gamber, The Notorious Mrs. Clem: Murder and Money in the Gilded Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, July 2016), was considered in a review essay in the Times Literary Supplement [gated]. The book was also mentioned in Marilyn Stasio's "New True-Crime Books for Fall" in the New York Times Book Review.

Sharon Ann Murphy wrote about her research on money in the early American economy for Time magazine. Her new book is Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in the Early Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2017).

Marc Levinson and his recent book, An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy (Basic Books, November 2016), were the topic of an interview by "The Politics Guys" for that podcast series.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Extended Business and Economic History at the OAH 2017

In December, we highlighted the sessions at the upcoming Organization of American Historians (OAH) meeting that were sponsored by the BHC. This post is a follow-up, listing sessions and papers of interest but not BHC-affiliated. [Note: OAH sessions are not numbered or linked, so references are to the page location on the program PDF.]
"Coming to the Table: Agribusiness and Food Systems in the Twentieth Century," p. 51
"State Formation, Capital, and Governance: Managing Urban Inequality, 1880–1980," p. 54
Assessing the Damages to 'Human Capital': Law, Labor, and Affective Bonds in Historical Perspective," p. 54
"Economic Circulations in the Early American Republic," p. 66
"Racism in American Political Economy: A Critical and Historical Assessment," p. 67
"Reconstruction and American Capitalism," p. 72
"Historians of Capitalism and Labor—A Conversation," p. 74
"Bodies, Agents, and Exchange: Legal and Economic Perspectives on the Domestic
Slave Trade," p. 80
"Corruption and the Circulation of Capital in American History," p. 83
In addition to the sessions above, and those listed in our earlier post, there are literally dozens of individual papers--on gender, labor, slavery, or government, for example--that bear a relation to the interests of business and economic historians. The full OAH program can be downloaded as a PDF. Readers might also consult the Speaker Index (pp. 86-91).

Monday, February 27, 2017

Program: APEBH 2017 Meeting

The 2017 Asia Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference was recently held at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The theme of the meeting was "Current Trends in Economic and Business History Research." The program is available online.
     The Noel Butlin Lecture, entitled "Theorizing in Business History," was given by Abe de Jong, professor of corporate finance and corporate governance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The meeting also featured a plenary session, "Current Trends and Future Directions for Economic History in Australia," chaired by Simon Ville.
    The APEBH conference is organized by the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand (EHSANZ).


Friday, February 24, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 33

The "Roads to Modernity" blog recently featured an essay on the Company of Merchants Trading to Africa.

In its "50 Things That Made the Modern Economy" series, BBC News posted an essay on the Knights Templar and their banking role. (The whole series can be accessed here.)

H-Diplo has posted a roundtable review of Marc-William Palen's book, The "Conspiracy" of Free Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2016), with an author's response. 

NUCLEUS (The Nuclear and Caithness Archive) has opened to the public in a new facility in Scotland. It will bring together nuclear records from all over the United Kingdom, a project expected to take at least five years.

The National Museum of American History has launched a a three-year project, the American Brewing Industry Initiative, to collect, document, and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers, and the beer industry – with the goal to explore how beer and beer history connect to larger themes in American history. They have recently hired historian Theresa McCulla to head up the program.

Readara recently featured an audio interview with Marc Levinson, who discusses his book, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, which has been re-issued in a new edition by Princeton University Press.

The Race and Capitalism Project, based at the University of Chicago, devotes a section of its website to bibliography and research reviews.

Joel Mokyr has written an essay for Aeon: "How Europe became so rich."

Especially for French readers, but useful for all: the Bibliothèque patrimoniale numérique of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers has digitized a large number of its holdings and placed them online.

The blog Gridium has an interview (both audio and transcript) with Lee Vinsel, "When maintenance is more important than innovation."

The Indiana State Library has digitized the full texts of a large number of trade catalogs.

With regret, we report the death of business historian Peter Payne, who passed away on January 10, 2017. Obituaries by his colleagues can be found here.

An interesting article from blogger The Geek in 9F on British messenger boys and the impact of the telephone.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Junto Series: “Fashion as History in Early American Life“

Dorothy Quincy (Mrs. John Hancock) | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston c1772 by John Singleton Copley
The early Americanist blog "The Junto"  has been running a roundtable on colonial couture, "fashion as history in early American life." Some of the posts have a more direct business connection than others, but all provide interesting insights. The introductory post also includes a bibliography and list of relevant websites, as do many of the essays. The list of posts:
Sara Georgini, "Roundtable: Colonial Couture"
Charmaine A. Nelson, "Cash’s Bundle: Fugitive Slave Advertisements, Clothing, and Self-Care"
Ben Marsh, "Making American Pompoms Great Again"
William Howard Carter, "New York's Original Fashion Industry"
Joanna M. Gohmann, "Ambassador in a Hat: The Sartorial Power of Benjamin Franklin’s Fur Cap"
Kimberly Alexander, "Fashioning the 17th Century in Boston: John and Hannah Leverett"
Laura E, Johnson, "Of Records and Rituals: Native Americans and the Textile Trade"
Zara Anishanslin, "Crafting Protest, Fashioning Politics: DIY Lessons from the American Revolution"
Readers can also find the full list collected on the Junto website.

Monday, February 20, 2017

New in Paperback: Winter Edition

A selection of new and forthcoming paperback titles of interest, January-March, 2017:
Sally Denton, The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World (Simon and Schuster, February 2017 [2016])

Paolo Di Martino, Andrew Popp, and Peter Scott, eds., People, Places and Business Cultures: Essays in Honour of Francesca Carnevali (Boydell & Brewer, March 2017 [pb. original])

Allen Dieterich-Ward, Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America (University of Pennsylvania Press, March 2017 [2015])

Timothy Gloege, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism (University of North Carolina Press, February 2017 [2015])

Philip T. Hoffman, Why Did Europe Conquer the World? (Princeton University Press, February 2017 [2015])

Meg Jacobs, Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s (Hill and Wang, March 2017[2016])

Walter Johnson, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Harvard University Press, March 2017 [2013])

Robert Jones, Bread upon the Waters: The St. Petersburg Grain Trade and the Russian Economy, 1703–1811 (University of Pittsburgh Press, March 2017 [2013])

Devin Leonard, Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service (Grove Atlantic, February 2017 [2016])

Thomas C. Leonard, Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era (Princeton University Press, January 2017 [2016])

Mary Lindemann, The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648–1790 (Cambridge University Press, February 2017 [2014])

Henry Petroski, The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure (Bloomsbury Publishing, February 2017 [2016])

Rebecca L. Spang, Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution (Harvard University Press, February 2017 [2015])

Jon Stobart, Sugar and Spice: Grocers and Groceries in Provincial England, 1650-1830 (Oxford University Press, January 2017 [2013])

David Vogel, Kindred Strangers: The Uneasy Relationship between Politics and Business in America (Princeton University Press, March 2017 [1996])

Friday, February 17, 2017

CFP: 12th Sound Economic History Workshop


The 12th Sound Economic History Workshop will be held in in Jyväskylä, Finland, on September 7-8, 2017, hosted by the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä. The keynote speakers for the meeting will be Jane Humphries (University of Oxford) and Jari Ojala (University of Jyväskylä).
     According to the organizers:
The main aim of the Sound Workshop is to gather young researchers in a friendly and non-imposing environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers and leading economic historians. Another aim of the workshop is to demonstrate the breadth of (especially Nordic) Economic History as an academic discipline, so there is no theme to the workshop, and submissions are encouraged from any sub-field of economic and social history.
Nordic scholars and scholars based in a Nordic country will be given preference, but others are warmly welcome to apply. The workshop organizers particularly encourage presentations by Ph.D. students and post-docs; they are also encouraged to participate even if they do not wish to present paper. The workshop is a two-day event, and accepted speakers are strongly encouraged to participate on both days (not just on the day they present).
     There will be no registration fee for this workshop. Attendees will receive lunch on Thursday and Friday, a workshop dinner on Thursday evening, as well as refreshments during the workshop. Participants must cover their own hotel and travel costs. Prospective speakers should submit a one-page abstract and a short CV to Miikka Voutilainen (miikka.p.voutilainen@jyu.fi) no later than May 15, 2017. For more information please visit the Sound Economic History Workshop website.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Free Ticket Opportunity and More Sites of Interest for BHC 2017 Attendees

More information for those of you planning to attend the BHC meeting in Denver next month:
Maynard Dixon, "Wide Lands of the Navajo," 1945; Denver Art Museum. History Colorado Center (HCC) features innovative, interactive exhibits in a strikingly beautiful new structure. A short walk from the Embassy Suites conference hotel, the HCC is offering twenty free admission tickets in addition to a $2.00 discount to all other BHC attendees. If you would like one of the free admission tickets, please contact Pam Laird, 303/315-1779, or email: pamela.laird@ucdenver. edu. All other BHC attendees who bring their BHC badges to the museum will receive the discount.
     Current and coming exhibitions include:
For a host of other sites of interest in Denver, please see the "Denver Activities" link on the meeting website.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Symposium: “Managing Communist Enterprise”


A symposium entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970” will take place at Rutgers University, Camden, on April 21, 2017, from 12 to 2:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of Armitage Hall. According to the organizers:
The business history of communist eastern and central Europe has not yet received the attention that it deserves. This symposium is organized around a significant new paper by Phil Scranton, entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970,” that itself emerges from a major project being undertaken by Professor Scranton and Professor Patrick Fridenson to examine the evolution of global business practices in the second half of the twentieth century. Based in extensive research in previously unused archives and sources, the paper uncovers the fascinating and often surprising story of management in three key European economies, essentially opening up a hitherto neglected field of study in business history. 
Professor Scranton will briefly present the paper, followed by three invited commentaries, from Pal Germuska (EUI), Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton), and Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology). Following a response from Professor Scranton, the final hour of the event will be reserved for audience discussion. The lead paper and all three commentaries will subsequently be published in Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History.
      Everyone intending to attend is strongly encouraged to download and read the lead paper in advance. Please note that in order to access the PDF of this unpublished paper, readers will first need to log in to the BHC website with their BHC login credentials.
     All are welcome. The event is free and registration is not required, though it would be appreciated if notices of intent to attend could be sent to Andrew Popp at andrew.popp@liverpool.ac.uk. All inquiries should be addressed to the same address.
     The symposium is presented with the support of Rutgers University, Camden, and the Business History Conference.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CFP: Management and Business History Track at 2017 BAM Conference

A reminder that submissions remain open for the Management and Business History Track of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. BAM 2017 will be held at the University of Warwick in the UK on September 5-7. According to track co-chair Kevin Tennent, "We are now in our seventh successful year of this track's operation at the UK's foremost management studies conference. We are now also expanding into a Special Interest Group." The Management and Business History Track summary states:
The 2017 conference theme calls for management scholars to re-engage with social science disciplines. This provides an excellent opportunity for management historians to consider the role that history can play in influencing management knowledge and practice, as well as contributing to wider theory in the disciplines of economics, strategy, accounting, finance, law and sociology.
Please visit www.bam.ac.uk for more information, including the call for papers and paper submission guidelines. Fully developed papers (5-7,000 words), work in progress developmental papers (1,000-2,000 words), and workshop proposals comprised of interactive activities or other forms of discussion are accepted. Submissions are due by February 28, 2017
     Questions should be addressed to Kevin Tennent at York Management School.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Grad Student CFP: “Before the City/Beyond the City: Capitalism in the Countryside”

The Harvard Graduate Conference on the History of Capitalism invites graduate students to submit proposals addressing this year’s theme: "Before the City / Beyond the City: Capitalism in the Countryside." The conference will be held on October 19-20, 2017, at Harvard University. The call for papers states:
In a world that continues to be mostly ocean, countryside, forest, and desert and with nearly half the world’s population still living and laboring in such locations, we seek to decenter the city and metropole and problematize progress narratives that render capitalist and urban formations inevitable. Proceeding outward from any world region, we hope to tackle a number of theoretical, historiographical, and methodological questions ranging from the origins of a capitalist world-system in the sixteenth century, to the relationship between slavery and capitalism, to the politics of development in the twenty-first century. These questions will touch on the changing ways in which people relate to land, water, and other materials and the claims they make on them; the power relationships that govern those claims; how life is imagined and sustained, how livelihoods are made and unmade, and how belonging is constructed and contested. 
Accepted papers will be grouped for presentation within three or four panels each composed of graduate students and faculty commentators from Harvard and elsewhere. The organizers invite graduate students to submit a 300-word proposal and one-page c.v. (in Word or PDF format) to capcon@fas.harvard.edu by March 1, 2017. It is anticipated that reasonable travel and lodging expenses can be reimbursed.
    Please check the Study of Capitalism website for the full call for papers and a more detailed discussion of conference goals. As the date approaches, additional information will be posted about the conference at studyofcapitalism.harvard.edu. The Twitter hashtag is #CapCon2017.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Of Interest for BHC Denver Attendees: Telecommunications History Group

"The Lineman, a Character Study," Allen True, Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company Building, Denver, Colorado (Photo by Marcia Ward.)
Folks planning to attend the upcoming BHC meeting in Denver, Colorado, should be aware of  opportunities offered by the Telecommunications History Group (THG), a nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting a broad humanistic understanding of telecommunications in history. The group holds an extensive archive in its Denver headquarters of photographs, telephone directories, and historic documents related to the history of telecommunications, especially in the West.
    The facility, located at 1425 Champa, only a few blocks from the BHC conference hotel, will be available on Thursday, March 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., especially for BHC attendees. Those interested in visiting the THG will need an appointment to enter the building. For information and an appointment, please contact Jody Georgeson, Archivist, and Lisa Berquist, THG Director, at telcomhist@aol.com. An overview of the THG's collections is available on the group's website.
    Also well worth visiting, and even closer to the conference hotel, stands the 1929 Bell Palace, the last of the grand Bell Palaces, at 931 14th Street. For a virtual tour of this beautiful structure, including some of its remarkable Allen Tupper True Art Deco homages to technological glories, see the THG web exhibit. Access to the building is restricted, but visitors can enjoy many of True’s murals in the entrance area and in the main lobby during business hours.
  

Friday, February 3, 2017

CFP: 2018 European Social Science History Conference

Belfast City HallThe 2018 European Social Science History Conference will be held at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 4-7. The ESSHC is one of the largest congresses for the historical sciences in the world; papers and sessions are therefore organized in many networks covering specific topics. The Economic History Network has announced its call for papers, inviting
proposals for papers as well as sessions of 4 related papers each. We welcome proposals focusing on any aspect of the historical analysis of economic change using both quantitative and qualitative methods, on any region of Europe or the wider world. We especially look for receiving proposals from young scholars and proposals using interdisciplinary approaches that push the boundaries of economic history.
Both paper and session proposals must be submitted through the ESSHC website by filling out the pre-registration form; please select "Economic History" from the list of networks. To propose a paper, submit a working title and an abstract of up to 500 words. To propose a session, submit a title and an abstract for the session and the list of participants. Proposal writers may suggest a chair and discussant(s) for the session, who may be the same person.
     All paper and session proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2017. Please see the full call for papers for additional details.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Deadline Reminder: 2017-2018 Rovensky Fellowships

Two $9,000 Rovensky Fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their dissertations in U.S. business or economic history.
    Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with U.S. business or economic history as the area of major interest. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who are preparing for a career in teaching and research and who will have completed all graduate course work prior to the fall of 2017. Awards are non-renewable, but awardees may use the fellowship concurrently with other funding sources, including grants or teaching assignments.
     More information and a link to the application form can be found on the BHC website at http://www.thebhc.org/awards/rovenann.html.
    Inquiries may be directed to Marcelo Bucheli at mbucheli@illinois.edu. Completed applications for the fellowship must be received no later than Friday, February 17, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Business History Conference Banquet. All application materials should be sent as e-mail file attachments (PDF format) to mbucheli@illinois.edu.
     The fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky and are administered by the University of Illinois Foundation.

Monday, January 30, 2017

CFP: Accounting History International Conference 2017

The ninth Accounting History International Conference will be held in Verona, Italy, on September 6-7, 2017, hosted by the Department of Business Administration at the University of Verona. The theme for the meeting will be "Accounting and Governance in Diverse Settings." According to the call for papers:
While papers will be accepted across the full range of accounting history topics and methodological and theoretical perspectives, authors are encouraged to address topics relevant to the conference theme. . . . This involves studying accounting and governance in private, public and not-for-profit contexts, including charitable bodies, mutual societies, professional bodies and family businesses.
Papers, written in English and complying with the Accounting History manuscript style, should be submitted in Word format no later than March 1, 2017 March 20, 2017, to verona.ahic@rmit.edu.au. All papers will be subject to a double-blind refereeing process and will be published on the Conference Web site as refereed conference proceedings, unless otherwise advised. A special issue of the journal on the conference theme is scheduled to be published following the event.
    Plenary speakers are Carolyn Cordery of Victoria University Wellington and  Christoper Napier of Holloway College London. An Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium will be held immediately prior to the conference.
    Inquiries may be directed to the Conference Convener, Alessandro Lai, at alessandro.lai@univr.it.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 32

On the "Age of Revolutions" blog, Bertie Mandelbrot discusses "Trans-Imperial Geographies of Rum Production and Circulation."

Very sorry to report the death last month of Ann Johnson (1965-2016), professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. Her research focused on the history of engineering and the way engineers work in a modern industrial society.

The "Atlas Obscura" blog features a story about Martha Matilda Harper, "The Greatest Businesswomen You've Never Heard Of," including commentary by Harper biographer Jane Plitt.

The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., has created a blog, "History of Knowledge"; its editors are Mark Stoneman and Kerstin von der Krone.

Roger Horowitz's book, Kosher USA, has been recognized by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2016, only 10 percent of the 7,000 books reviewed by Choice last year achieved this distinction. Kosher USA also has received the National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish Studies from the Jewish Book Council.

Scroll.in has a very nicely illustrated essay on the Dutch East India Company in Ceylon, based on Lodewijk Wagenaar’s book, Cinnamon and Elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600.

In related news, Adam Matthew has recently published digitized records of the East India Company from 1599 to 1947. These are not open access, but may be viewed at sites with an institutional subscription.

Vicki Howard, author of From Main Street to Mall (University of Pennsylvania Press), writes about the current status of American shopping malls on the Penn Press blog.

On a similar topic, BBC Culture offers a brightly illustrated "History of the Department Store."

On the BHC's own website, book editor Eric Godelier has published the first in a series of essays "by Emerging Scholars that explain how a recently published book in business history has influenced their own research." The first contribution is by Dan Du, who writes about Frederic Delano Grant's 2014 book, The Chinese Cornerstone of Modern Banking: The Canton Guaranty System and the Origins of Bank Deposit Insurance, 1780-1933.

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has a 6-part video series that explores key themes from the book Open Standards & the Digital Age by Andrew L. Russell.

Library digital material of note:
Over at Bloomberg News, Stephen Mihm has two posts that view current events through the lens of history: "Trump's Cabinet Gives New Meaning to 'Power Elite'," and "Congress Has the Power on Trade."

Also on free trade, on Ohio State's "Origins" blog, Aaron Cavin looks at "The Collapse of America's Free Trade Consensus" by considering the debate since World War I.

The Legal History Blog recently published a post highlighting Ed Balleisen's new book on fraud in American history, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press).

In conference news:
  • The program for a conference on "Economic Inequality in Preindustrial Europe," sponsored by the Dondena Centre at the University of Bocconi, can be viewed online.
  • A recent conference on "Region and Nation in American Histories of Race and Slavery" included a session on "Women and the Economy of Slavery in Early America." All the sessions of this conference were video recorded and can be found on the conference site.
  • The H-France Salon has links to videos of several sessions at recent Western Society for French History Conferences. Issue 17, on "Regime Change and Money," Issue 15, "The Circulation of Goods and Ideas in the Eighteenth-Century French Atlantic," and Issue 3, "Consumer Cultures and Material Goods in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century France," are of specific interest.
Laurence Mussio, author of A Vision Greater than Themselves: The Making of the Bank of Montreal, 1817-2017 (McGill Queen University Press), joins BNN to discuss the bank's past.

A talk by William Goetzmann, Yale professor and author of Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible (Princeton University Press), at the Museum of American Finance on the history of money is available on YouTube.

Archives Hub for January features archives of the Horrockses cotton firm, held by the Lancashire Archives.

Focusing on India, Chinmay Tumbe writes about "Why Business History Matters."

In the New York Review of Books, David Kaiser uses a very long, 2-part review essay (part 1; part 2) to discuss the fight between the Rockefeller Family Fund and ExxonMobil.

On "Uncommon Sense," the blog of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Keith Pluymers discusses his research on early American ironworks and transatlantic networks.