Monday, October 12, 2015

Podcasts of Interest

The number of podcast series (digital audio files accessed via the Web) has grown considerably in recent years. Those centered on business and economic history include:
Economic History Society podcasts
Planet Money, NPR
Stories from the Stacks (Hagley Museum and Library)
University of Cambridge Economic and Social History podcasts
Who Makes Cents (Betsy Beasley and David Stein)
Many general history podcast series often feature topics and speakers of interest:
15 Minute History (University of Texas at Austin)
BackStory with the American History Guys (Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh)
Ben Franklin's World (Liz Covart)
History Talk (Department of History, Ohio State University)
In Our Time (BBC)
Institute of Historical Research podcasts
Journal of American History podcasts
The Juntocast (early American history)
National Museum of American History podcasts (recent episodes featured Lisa Cook, Bernard Carlson, and Lee Vinsel)
Talking History, Organization of American Historians (archives, active through 2006)
At most of these sites, interested listeners can subscribe to have notice of new programs delivered automatically.

Friday, October 9, 2015

GIS Resources for the History of “Redlining”

HOLC security map of Richmond
"Redlining," the process of marking off neighborhoods as less desirable has a long history. According to the "Redlining Richmond" website,
In the late 1930s the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC), a New Deal agency created to refinance homes and prevent foreclosures, surveyed real estate trends in the nation's largest cities. Working with local lenders and realtors, they assessed neighborhoods using a number of factors ranging from terrain to income levels to the "infiltration of a lower grade population" (by which they meant African Americans, Jews, and immigrants). . . . red "D" areas were "characterized by detrimental influences in a pronounced degree."
Developers of the Richmond site at the University of Richmond have now combined with the T-RACES project ("Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California's Exclusionary Spaces") at the University of Maryland and researchers at Johns Hopkins University to build "a public-oriented digital archive of federal resources, including maps, demographic data, and contemporary realtor evaluations." Data from this project will be made available on "Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America" as the maps are completed. More about the larger project is available on the "Big Humanities" website and at Urban Oasis.
    Other scholars are also working on GIS-enhanced versions of the HOLC maps. LaDale Winling of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (and blogger at Urban Oasis), has created a website linking to HOLC maps he has worked on digitizing. And Slate recently published a list of on-line sources for redlining maps, as well as a discussion of the role of the HOLC maps.
    More commentary and data on redlining can be found around the Web: see, for example, Evan Tachovsky, "The Legacy of Redlining in Rust Belt Cities," and  the recent article in Talking Points Memo's "Primary Source" by N.B.D. Connolly on "How did African Americans discover they were being 'redlined'?"

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Yale, 1786
The Society for Historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR) will hold its next annual meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 21-24, 2016. The Program Committee invites proposals for sessions and papers exploring the history and culture of the early American republic, together with its northern and southern borderlands and transnational connections, c. 1776-1861. The Committee will consider proposals for individual papers and for full sessions, with a preference for complete panels. All submissions should be sent via email according to the directions in the call for papers. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2015.
     For more details about the meeting and complete instructions, please see the full call for papers.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Trove: Australian Resources

Readers outside Australia may not be familiar with Trove, a product of the National Library of Australia. This massive site is a combination of many things: a metadata aggregator, a portal for all things Australian, and a home to large digital collections, particularly of Australian newspapers. The site is free to use, but it also allows users to create a profile; logged-in users can manage their findings and contribute to the site in various ways. Trove's organizers have produced a number of videos to help new users construct searches and to understand the organization of the collections. Whenever possible, Trove provides information about the physical location and method of access for non-digitized items returned in searches. 
    Readers who wish to keep up with new items in Trove can subscribe to the project's blog.

Friday, October 2, 2015

CFP: 2016 Economic and Business History Society

The 2016 Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on May 26-28. The group has just issued its call for papers. Proposals for presentations on any aspect of ancient to recent economic or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. Submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates are welcome. The Conference will also include a French track.
    Proposals, in English or French, should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2016. Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website, by email to, or to the Program Chair by postal mail (not preferred):
Patrice Gélinas
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Atkinson Building, #254
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3
If you have further questions about the meeting or organization please contact Patrice Gélinas,, or EBHS President Lisa Baillargeon, Please see the call for papers for complete information and submission instructions.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Books of Interest: Fall Edition

An incomplete list of books of interest to business and economic historians, published from September to December, plus a few we missed over the summer:
Scott W. Anderson, Auburn, New York: The Entrepreneurs' Frontier (Syracuse University Press, October 2015)

Bruce E. Baker and Barbara Hahn, Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans (Oxford University Press, November 2015)

Trevor Burnard, Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650-1820 (University of Chicago Press, October 2015)

Youssef Cassis and Philip L. Cottrell, Private Banking in Europe: Rise, Retreat, and Resurgence (Oxford University Press, September 2015)

Andrew Wender Cohen, Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century (W. W. Norton, August 2015)

 Robert DuPlessis, The Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce, and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650–1800 (Cambridge University Press, October 2015)

 Robert Fitzgerald, The Rise of the Global Company: Multinationals and the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, December 2015)

Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Bloomsbury Publishing, August 2015)

Victoria E. M. Gardner, The Business of News in England, 1760-1820 (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2015)

Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Conceptualizing Capitalism: Institutions, Evolution, Future (University of Chicago Press, September 2015)

Richard R. John and Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, eds., Making News: The Political Economy of Journalism in Britain and America from the Glorious Revolution to the Internet (Oxford University Press, October 2015)

Adrian Leonard, ed., Marine Insurance: Origins and Institutions, 1300-1850 (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2015)

Andrea Lluch, ed., Las Manos Visibles del Mercado: Intermediaros y Consumidores en la Argentina (Prohistoria Ediciones, August 2015)

Lars Magnusson, The Political Economy of Mercantilism (Routledge, June 2015)

Chad Pearson, Reform or Repression: Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement (University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2015)

David Pennington, Going to Market: Women, Trade and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns, c. 1550-1650 (Ashgate, October 2015)

Eric Rauchway, The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace (Basic Books, October 2015)

Sherene Seikaly, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, November 2015)

Alexia Yates, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital
(Harvard University Press, October 2015)

For archival listings of the "New Books" series, see the BHC website.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dataset Resource: “The Magazine of Early American Datasets”

In coordination with the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Scholarly Commons site of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, historians Andrew M. Schocket and Billy G. Smith have established the Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD). MEAD is an online repository of datasets compiled by historians of early North America. The project preserves and makes available these datasets in their original format and as comma-separated-value files (.csv). Each body of data is also accompanied by a codebook. Seven datasets are currently available, including "U.S. Corporate Development, 1790-1850," from Robert Wright, and "Stockholders in the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1790," from Andrew Schocket.
     Andrew M. Schocket, is professor of history and American culture studies and director of American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University; Billy G. Smith is the Michael P. Malone Professor of History and Distinguished Professor of Letters and Science at Montana State University. Readers can find their invitation to historians to add databases to the repository at The Junto. Questions may be directed to them via email.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CFP: World Congress on Business History, 2016

Ship with Bergen and Ulriken in the backgroundThe University of Bergen, in cooperation with the European Business History Association (EBHA), will host the 1st World Congress on Business History, which will be held in conjunction with the 20th Congress of the European Business History Association. The theme of the meeting, to be held August 25-27, 2016, in Bergen, Norway, will be “Business History around the World.”
    The call for papers states:
Today business and globalization are under fire. Both multinational and local businesses are challenged by a combination of an insecure macroeconomic environment and expectations about commerce’s social role. Recent economic data has called into question the inevitability of high growth rates in even the most dynamic emerging markets, such as China and Brazil, and raised questions about the viability of old and new business models. Much of Europe has not completely recovered from the 2008 Crisis and its aftershocks. In contrast to many other downturns, US growth does not seem large enough to compensate for weaknesses in other regions. Inconsistent financial flows to and from OECD countries have added to the volatility and extent of economic growth in developing countries. To what extent is business responsible? The historical origins of this development deserve revisiting existing theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Are the visible hands of enterprise responsible for “great leaps forward” as well as economic crisis?
Session proposals and single paper proposals can be submitted online through the Congress website or the EBHA website beginning on October 1. An explanation will guide applicants about the format of the proposals (length of abstract, cv, etc.). Please use that platform for submissions. Deadline of all proposals is December 31, 2015.

The program-committee consists of Andrea Lluch (National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina,, Christopher Kobrak (EBHA / University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, Canada,, Andrea H. Schneider (EBHA / GUG, Germany, and Takashi Shimizu (BHSJ / University of Tokyo, Japan,

For a more extensive description of possible topics and further information, please consult the full call for papers.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

CFP: Centre for Business History “Uses of the Past” Workshop

The Centre for Business History at Copenhagen Business School will host a paper development workshop (PDW) for scholars conducting research on "the uses of history and memory in organizations and organizing" on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The organizers welcome applications from scholars of all backgrounds conducting research on the question of why, how, and with what effects the past is used by managers and organizations. The goal of the PDW is, in part, to support the development of research and foster dialogue among scholars who may be interested in submitting papers to the Special Issue of Organization Studies devoted to the same topic, though neither application nor attendance at the workshop is required for full consideration of papers submitted for the special issue. More information about the Special Issue can be found here.
Limited funds may be available on a competitive basis for applicants who are unable to get funding from their home institutions.
To apply, those interested should email an abstract of between 300 and 500 words describing their research, along with a cv or bio to one the PDW organizers below. Applications should be sent by October 13, 2015 to receive full consideration. 
PDW Organizers:
Mads Mordhorst, Copenhagen Business School, mo.mpp@cbs.dkAndrew Popp, University of Liverpool, Suddaby, University of Victoria, rsuddaby@uvic.caDan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific,
A flyer about the PDW that contains more information is available here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Conference Program: “Business History of India and South Asia”

The Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School will host a one-day meeting on October 30, 2015, on "The Business History of India and South Asia: Recent Trends in Research." According to the website,
This conference aims to survey recent scholarship on the history of business in India and South Asia. It will bring together faculty and students from a range of disciplines, including economic and business history, economics, political science, and strategy. The substance of the discussion, throughout the day, will include the nature of business-government relations; the role of families in business; the rise of corporate social responsibility; and the challenges and opportunities of globalization, including the role of the diaspora.The conference will also focus on the growing range of sources available for scholarly research, including oral histories.
The conference program is available here. The meeting will include discussion of Creating Emerging Markets, a major Business History Initiative project aimed at capturing and exploring the recent business history of fast growing emerging markets in South Asia and elsewhere.
    Please see the meeting website for additional information about registration, venue, and lodging.