Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reminder: Business and Economic History at the AHA

Just a reminder that the American Historical Association annual meeting, to be held January 6-9, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts, includes several sessions of direct interest to business and economic historians. Links to those sessions were published here last October. The complete program can be found on the AHA site, either in searchable form arranged by day or as a pdf of the printed version.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CFP: Cliometric Society 50th Conference

Celebrating fifty years of Cliometrics, the 2011 Cliometrics Conference will be held on the weekend of Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The call for papers states:
The conference is designed to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in economic history. Typically, twelve papers are selected for presentation and discussion, and they are sent out to all conference participants in advance. Each presented paper is given an entire session, in which authors have five minutes to make an opening statement and the rest of the session is devoted to discussion among all conference participants. All participants are required to read all papers and to attend the entire conference. At least one author must be a member of the Cliometric Society.
    The deadline for paper proposals and requests to attend the meeting is Friday, January 14, 2011. Only a limited number of participants may be invited, so it is important to meet the deadlines. Those wishing to present a paper should provide an abstract and a 3-5 page summary of the proposed paper. The paper should be a work-in-progress and should not have been accepted for publication. In choosing papers and participants, priority will be given to those who have not attended recently or who have never attended. Graduate students wishing to attend should submit a paper proposal and a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor. Those wishing to present papers or attend the conference should provide their addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Those whose papers are selected for presentation will be notified by February 14, 2011, and are expected to provide a completed draft of the paper in the proper format for the conference booklet no later than March 14, 2011.
    Applicants should submit their materials at In the event that submissions cannot be posted, please contact the Conference Administrator, Megan Jorgensen, at

For membership information see the Cliometrics Society web page or contact Michael Haupert at

Friday, December 24, 2010

L'economie politique on Financial Crises and the Lessons of History

The most recent issue (November 2010) of the French journal L'economie politique focuses on financial crises and the lessons of history ("Crises financières: Les leçons d'histoire").  Articles (in French) include:
Antoin E. Murphy
John Law et la bulle de la Compagnie du Mississippi
Nesrine Bentemessek Kahia
La bulle des Mers du Sud, ou le "too big to fail" avant l'heure
Christian Tutin and Julien Mendez
De la crise bancaire à la régulation: l'expérience américaine de 1907
Isaac Johsua
Quand 2009 questionne 1929
Christine Sinapi, Pierre Piégay, and Ludovic Desmedt
L'analyse des crises: Minsky, après Fisher et Keynes
Lotfi Boulahrir
Face aux déboires d'une finance spéculative, quel mode de financement?
A subscription is required to access the full texts, but brief extracts are available on the journal site.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December Enterprise & Society Available

The December 2010 issue of Enterprise & Society contains essays from the Krooss Dissertation Prize Session at the 2010 BHC Annual Meeting (won  by Josh Lauer), as well as four articles and numerous book reviews.  Abstracts of all the articles and extracts from the reviews are available on the journal's Current Issue page at Oxford University Press.
Dissertation Session Essays
Felipe Tâmega Fernandes
Institutions, Geography, and Market Power: The Political Economy of Rubber in the Brazilian Amazon, c. 1870–1910
Josh Lauer
The Good Consumer: Credit Reporting and the Invention of Financial Identity in the United States, 1840–1940
Terri Lonier
Alchemy in Eden: Entrepreneurialism, Branding, and Food Marketing in the United States, 1880–1920
Joseph M. Adelman
“A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, Public and Private”: The Post Office, the Business of Printing, and the American Revolution
Albert Schrauwers
“Regenten” (Gentlemanly) Capitalism: Saint-Simonian Technocracy and the Emergence of the “Industrialist Great Club” in the Mid-nineteenth Century Netherlands
Malia McAndrew
A Twentieth-Century Triangle Trade: Selling Black Beauty at Home and Abroad, 1945–1965
Oskar Broberg
Labeling the Good: Alternative Visions and Organic Branding in Sweden in the Late Twentieth Century

Monday, December 20, 2010

Reminder: Four GHI Fellowships of Interest

The German Historical Institute (GHI) offers four fellowships of interest to business and economic historians:

1) Doctoral Fellowship in International Business History
This is a six-month doctoral fellowship in International Business History, with a six-month extension possible. The recipient must begin the term in the summer of 2011. Preference will be given to fellows whose projects fit into the GHI's research foci on transatlantic relations and the history of consumption. Comparative work is also strongly encouraged.

The fellow will be expected to be in residence at the GHI and to participate in GHI activities and events. The fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC, area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda. Travel within the United States to work in archives and libraries will also be possible.

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.

Applications may be written in either English or German; it is recommended that applicants use the language in which they are most proficient. They will be notified approximately six weeks after the deadline.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, two letters of reference, and a 5-page research project proposal by February 15, 2011. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart at

2) Fellowship in Economic and Social History

Second is a six-month fellowship in American or European Economic and Social History, with the possibility of extension to one year (depending on the availability of funding). Preference is given to applicants on the postdoctoral level. The monthly stipend is €3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for US citizens. The Fellow is expected to be in residence at the GHI and to participate in GHI activities and events, including planning an economic/social history workshop financed by the GHI. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda. The starting date of the fellowship is September 2011.

To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, the names and contact information of three references, a 5-page research project proposal, a one-page proposal for an economic/social history workshop, and two writing samples, such as an article or a book chapter, no later than February 15, 2011. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart (

Two fellowships in the American or European history of consumption are also available. The first is for six months starting March 1, 2011; the second is for six months with possible extension to ten months (depending on the availability of funding) starting September 1, 2011. The application deadline for the first fellowship is February 1, 2011, and for the second, February 15, 2011. Other than the terms, deadlines, and starting dates, the two fellowships have the same requirements:

Preference will be given to applicants at the postdoctoral level. The monthly stipend is €3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for US citizens. The fellow is expected to be in residence at the GHI and participate in GHI activities and events, including planning a workshop on the history of consumption. The fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC, area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda.

To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, a 5-page research project proposal, a one-page proposal for a workshop, and two writing samples, such as an article or a book chapter. Applicants may write in either English or German; it is recommended that they use the language in which they are most proficient. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart at ( Please indicate the fellowship for which you are applying.

For more information about any of these GHI Fellowships, please contact
PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009

Saturday, December 18, 2010

CFP: EABH Workshop for Young Scholars

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has issued a call for papers for its second "Workshop for Young Scholars," which will be held at Erasmus University in Rotterdam on March 29, 2011. Those within five years of the Ph.D. and working in the fields of monetary and financial history are eligible to apply. Papers on all topics in the field of insurance, banking, financial and monetary history will be considered, but those working in the following areas are particularly welcome:
Models of corporate governance
Governance mechanisms in financial institutions
Regulation and legislation of governance
Please see the full call for papers for additional details. All costs (travels, accommodation, and food) for presenting authors will be covered. Paper proposals should be sent by January 15, 2011, to: Abe de Jong, Rotterdam School of Management, or

Thursday, December 16, 2010

CFP: Religion and the Marketplace

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), in cooperation with the American Studies Network (ASN), will host a conference entitled “Religion and the Marketplace: New Perspectives and New Findings”  on October 6-8, 2011. The conference aims to investigate
how the conditions of the marketplace have determined, influenced, and limited American religion in the past and present. Given the prominence of the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses in the American Constitution, a broad-based "competition for souls and purses" has historically helped define the contours of religion in America. This conference will build upon previous insights while probing further into the complex relationship between religion and the marketplace. 
Scholars in American Studies and broadly defined related fields to submit paper abstracts for this conference. Individual paper abstracts (200-250 words) must be received by March 31, 2011. Paper topics must correspond to the subjects listed in the full call for papers, which include, for example, "Religion and the Market in Theory and History" and "Modern Capitalism, Secularization, and New Spiritualities." Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2011. All questions and submissions should be sent electronically to: HCA will cover travel expenses (economy), lodging, and meals for conference participants.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CFPs: Two CHORD Workshops, 2011

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) has issued calls for papers for two workshops to be held in spring 2011 at the University of Wolverhampton.
The first,"Retailing and Institutions, 1400-2000," will meet on March 24, 1011. The term 'institutions' is to be interpreted widely, and includes both institutions established by retailers and institutions that sought to influence, control, limit, or to do business with retailers.  Proposals are due by January 28, 2011.

The second, "Distribution: Historical Perspectives, 1400-2000," devoted to the exploration of commercial networks and distribution, will be held on April 7, 2011.

All methodological and disciplinary perspectives are welcome, as are papers based on any geographical area. Proposals, including a title and 200-word abstract, should be sent to by the deadlines indicated.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the Centre for History and Economics

The Centre for History and Economics invites applications for two 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in history, starting on October 1, 2011, or as soon as possible thereafter. The posts are in connection with the research program on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program is based at the Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, Cambridge and at Harvard University, and is coordinated by Professor Emma Rothschild. The Fellowships are not associated with a fellowship at a Cambridge college, but can be combined with a non-stipendiary college fellowship. The stipend will be £27,319 in the first year and subject to increments in subsequent years. The positions are pensionable.
   The fellows appointed will be expected to undertake research in the general fields of economic, political, and transnational history described in the program outline at  Applications from scholars with an interest in legal history and the uses of legal sources are particularly welcome. The fellows will participate in the seminars and conferences arranged in connection with the Exchanges program and will have the opportunity to organize meetings and workshops on subjects related to their own research. They will be invited to the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University in the course of their fellowships. Applications, including a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to the Centre for History and Economics (>), to reach us no later than January 26, 2011. Interviews are expected to take place in March 2011.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Job Openings of Interest to Business Historians

Two recent job announcements:
1) The Department of Economics, Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire, invites applications for a visiting position at the assistant professor level beginning September 2011. A Ph.D. in economics is expected. The successful applicant will teach sections of a freshman-level course on business and economic history and in the UNH Discovery program. A secondary interest is in the areas of international finance or macroeconomics.For the full announcement, see the position listing in Jobs in Economics (JOE).

2) London School of Economics, Economic History Department, Lectureships in Economic History
The Department of Economic History hopes to appoint two lecturers in Economic History from 1 August 2011, with a salary of £40,323 to £46,710 per annum inclusive.
    Applications are welcome from all fields of economic history in its broadest sense. The Department is particularly keen to receive applications from individuals whose expertise would complement and extend existing teaching and research in the Department. A completed or nearly completed Ph.D. is required. The successful applicants will teach, publish research, supervise student dissertations, and act as Academic Advisor to students at all levels, as well as participate in the administration of the Department and the School.
    To apply for this post, please go to and select "Visit the ONLINE RECRUITMENT SYSTEM." If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please call 020
7955 7859 or email quoting reference LEC/10/13. Applications must be received online by 11:59pm (UK time) on 5 January 2011. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

McCraw's Prophet of Innovation Wins Chandler Prize

Thomas K. McCraw has won the 2007–2009 Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award in Business History for Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction (Harvard University Press, 2007; paper, 2010). The award is given once every three years to the best work in the field of business history published in the United States, as determined by a vote of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Business History Review. The award was first granted in 1962 and was formerly known as the Thomas Newcomen Book Award. Prophet of Innovation also won the BHC's Hagley Book Prize for the best book in business history in 2008.
    McCraw is the Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, emeritus, at the Harvard Business School. He also is a former president and trustee of the Business History Conference, which at its 2009 meeting presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Web Resource: "Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Securities Industry"

On December 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society launched a new "gallery," "The Institution of Experience: Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Securities Industry, 1791-2010." As the curators explain in the introduction:
Placing Orders, Early 1920s
SROs [self-regulatory organizations] grew first as member-owned stock exchanges and out of necessity developed private mechanisms of direction and control. . . . In looking at three different SROs—the New York Stock Exchange; the National Association of Securities Dealers, along with the Nasdaq, its market mechanism, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, its successor organization; and the Chicago Board Options Exchange—we can document their development within the broader context of shifting markets, varying membership, and economic and political change.
This gallery, the seventh posted by the Society, provides access to the virtual museum and archive’s collection of more than 4,300 documents, photographs, and papers related to the history of financial regulation. Kenneth Durr and Robert Colby of History Associates, Inc., served as the curators. Both the virtual museum and archive and the Society are independent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Friday, December 3, 2010

AAHANZBS 2010 Program Now Available

The Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) has posted the program for their 2010 meeting, which will be held at the Women's College, University of Sydney, December 16-17, 2010. The conference organizer is Greg Patmore; the keynote speaker will be Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at the Harvard Business School.  A registration form is also available.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New-York Historical Society Manuscript Collections on Slavery Digitized

The New-York Historical Society library has recently unveiled a digitized collection of manuscripts relating to slavery and the slave trade from its holdings. Economic historians of the subject can find much of interest here; as the NYHS introduction explains, the materials "consist of diaries, account books, letter books, ships’ logs, indentures, bills of sale, personal papers, and records of institutions," including an account book kept by the slave trading firm Bolton, Dickens & Co. 
Page from the account book of the Brig Othello,
slaving off the coast of Africa, 1768-1769 (NYHS)
Many materials relating to the abolitionist movement have also been made available, including "the records of the New York Manumission Society and the African Free School, the diaries and correspondence of English abolitionists Granville Sharp and John Clarkson, the papers of the Boston anti-slavery activist Lysander Spooner, the records of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, [and] the draft of Charles Sumner’s famous speech, 'The Anti-Slavery Enterprise'." Over 12,000 pages have been digitized.