Friday, August 31, 2012

September Enterprise & Society Available

The recently published September 2012 issue of Enterprise & Society is devoted completely to articles. The table of contents includes:
Andrew Smith, "Continental Divide: The Canadian Banking and Currency Laws of 1871 in the Mirror of the United States"
Giorgio Riello, "Boundless Competition: Subcontracting and the London Economy in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Simon Mollan and Ranald Michie, "The City of London as an International Commercial and Financial Center since 1900"
Nikki Mandell, "What Happened to the Company That Dix Made?"
John Sedgwick, Clara Pafort-Overduin, and Jaap Boter, "Explanations for the Restrained Development of the Dutch Cinema Market in the 1930s"
Per H. Hansen, "Making Sense of Financial Crisis and Scandal: A Danish Bank Failure in the First Era of Finance Capitalism"
Abstracts of all articles are available on the Enterprise & Society website at Oxford University Press; full access requires a subscription, which is included in Business History Conference membership.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Job Opening: Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School is seeking candidates with a Ph.D. in history (or related fields) for a tenure track position in the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) unit. Candidates whose research interests and experience include international political economy, comparative political economy of industrialized or developing countries, political economy of development, economic history, history of economic policy and regulation, history of capitalism, or history of globalization will be considered. The search is open with regard to methodological approach and focus area. Candidates may come directly from Ph.D. programs or from the faculties of other universities. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2013.

All applicants should have excellent academic credentials and a demonstrated potential for conducting outstanding research. The School is particularly interested in applicants with interdisciplinary interests in social sciences and strong records of, or potential for, excellence in teaching. Successful candidates will, at the outset, teach a required first-year MBA course on the economic, political, and social environment of global business.

Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2012.

Applications should include curriculum vitae, description of research-in-progress, published articles or working papers, dissertation chapters or other writing samples, statement of teaching interests and, if applicable, teaching evaluations. In addition, three letters of recommendation are required, which should be submitted online directly to the School by the referees. Those interested may apply online at, making sure to select the job title option "Tenure-Track Position: History" in the process.

Materials that can be sent only in hard copy may be mailed to:
                     Harvard Business School, Faculty Administration
                     Attn: BGIE Unit Application
                     Morgan Hall T25, Soldiers Field Road
                     Boston, MA 02163

Monday, August 27, 2012

New and Forthcoming Books of Interest: Late Summer Edition

This round-up reflects the beginnings of publishers' fall lists, including new books by Thomas McCraw and the first volume of Albert Churella's history of the Pennsylvania Railroad:
Jennifer L. Anderson, Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (Harvard University Press, September 2012)

Anna Bálint, Clariant Clareant: The Beginnings of a Specialty Chemicals Company (Campus Verlag, July 2012)

Patrizia Battilani and Harm G. Schröter, eds., The Cooperative Business Movement, 1950 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, September 2012)

Hartmut Berghoff, Jürgen Kocka, and Dieter Ziegler, eds., Business in the Age of Extremes: Essays in Modern German and Austrian Economic History (Cambridge University Press,October 2012)

William H. Bergmann, The American National State and the Early West (Cambridge University Press, September 2012)
Archie B. Carroll, Kenneth J. Lipartito, James E. Post, and Patricia H. Werhane, Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, September 2012)

Albert J. Churella, The Pennsylvania Railroad, vol. 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917 (University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2012)

James W. Cortada, Digital Flood: The Diffusion of Information Technology across the U.S., Europe, and Asia (Oxford University Press, August 2012)

Michele Gillespie, Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South (University of Georgia Press, October 2012)

Jessica L. Goldberg, Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and Their Business World (Cambridge University Press, September 2012)

Sheryllynne Haggerty, "Merely for Money"? Business Culture in the British Atlantic, 1750-1815 (Liverpool University Press, September 2012) 

Richard Harris, Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1916 (University of Chicago Press, September 2012)

Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig, eds., The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America (University of Rochester Press, June 2012)

Claire Holleran, Shopping in Ancient Rome: The Retail Trade in the Late Republic and the Principate (Oxford University Press, June 2012)

Ralph Jessen and Lydia Langer, eds., Transformations of Retailing in Europe after 1945 (Ashgate, September 2012)

Rebecca Kobrin, ed., Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism (Rutgers University Press, August 2012)

Paul A. C. Koistinen, State of War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1945–2011 (University Press of Kansas, September 2012)

Jan L. Logemann, Trams or Tailfins? Public and Private Prosperity in Postwar West Germany and the United States (University of Chicago Press, October 2012)

Julie Marfany, Land, Proto-Industry, and Population in Catalonia, c. 1680-1829 (Ashgate, August 2012)

Thomas K. McCraw, The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy (Harvard University Press, October 2012)

Andrew Popp, Entrepreneurial Families: Business, Marriage and Life in the Early Nineteenth Century (Pickering & Chatto, October 2012)

Jonathan Rees, Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life: A Brief Introduction (M.E. Sharpe, September 2012)

Michael Schiltz, The Money Doctors from Japan: Finance, Imperialism, and the Building of the Yen Bloc, 1895-1937 (Harvard University Press, August 2012)

Timothy D. Taylor, The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture (University of Chicago Press, July 2012)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Interactive Map Traces Publication Data for Wealth of Nations

An interactive map developed the metaLab folks at Harvard shows the changing publication geography of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations from its first edition in 1776 through 2001. To use the map at the Harvard site, one can select a date on the left-hand vertical bar and the map will show hotspots of publication locations; by clicking on individual points within the "hotspots," one can see the publication information for each edition; if one clicks on any city that appears, a box will show all the editions published in that city throughout the period covered. Alternatively, by selecting "play," one can allow the map to show the publication data sequentially for the whole period. One learns, for example, that there were 422 editions of The Wealth of Nations by 2010, that the first Moscow edition was published in 1895, and that an edition appeared in Shanghai (in Chinese) in 1901. For more details, click on the "about" choice, which will bring up an instruction panel on the lower right of the map.
   The underlying data for the map was compiled from Keith Tribe's A Critical Bibliography of Adam Smith (2002).
    metaLAB is "a research and teaching unit at Harvard University dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities." Scholars there are engaged in a number of exploratory digital projects.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Job Opening: Political Economy and American Society

The Department of American Studies at George Washington University seeks to appoint a scholar of political economy as a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor beginning in fall 2013. Research and teaching interests may include the social or cultural dimensions of work, wealth, capitalism, labor movements, globalization, neoliberalism, market exchange, consumer society, or related topics in American political economy.
    Applicants at the associate professor rank must hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or a related discipline and exhibit a strong record of scholarly publications and teaching. Applicants at the assistant professor rank must hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or a related field by August 1, 2013, and have teaching experience and research potential/experience, as demonstrated by works in progress or scholarly publications. ABD applicants will be considered but must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 1, 2013.
      Applicants should apply online at and upload a cover letter, CV, and thirty-page writing sample. In addition, please email three letters of recommendation to
     Review of applications will begin on September 17, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Monday, August 20, 2012

St. Louis Fed Announces Marriner Eccles Document Collection

The Marriner S. Eccles Document Collection has been digitized by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Archive (FRASER), providing access to nearly 10,000 documents, part of the collection held by the University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library; the university loaned the materials to the St. Louis Fed for digitization. Eccles was the architect of the Banking Act of 1935, which restructured the Federal Reserve System into its current form. He was heavily involved in the Bretton Woods negotiations that created the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and he served as a key economic policy advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eccles served as chairman (1934-48) and member (1948-51) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The collection provides research material about the Federal Reserve System, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as Eccles’s role in the monetary and fiscal systems of the United States during those years.
    The documents can be browsed and searched by box, date, author, or keyword. Full-text searching is also available through a site-level advanced search, which can be narrowed to only items in the Eccles collection. The collection available at the University of Utah contains papers from the period 1910 through 1985; the documents selected for digitization here represent only a portion of the complete collection and focus on the years when Marriner Eccles was working within the Federal Reserve System. The finding aid for the complete collection is available at,1726.
    Other archival collections that have been made digitally available on FRASER include Papers from the Committee on the History of the Federal Reserve System (held by the Brookings Institution) and the William McChesney Martin, Jr., Document Collection (held by the Missouri Historical Society).

Friday, August 17, 2012

Reminder: BHC Paper Proposals Due October 1

A reminder that the deadline for submission of paper proposals for the Business History Conference 2013 annual meeting, taking place March 21–23 in Columbus, Ohio, is October 1, 2012.
  The theme of the 2013 annual meeting is “The Cultures and Institutions of Business.” We are interested in all topics embracing the culture of business and the business of culture. Papers may engage the ways in which cultural beliefs, values, practices, institutions, meanings, language, identities, habits, and cognition shape business orientation, governance, behavior, and performance in different geographical, historical, or social settings. Papers may also address the ways in which business has acted upon cultural practices and institutions, both high and popular culture, or how the language of business has entered into wider public discourses. Works might cover such matters as the business of entertainment and the arts or cultural differences (or conformity) in ideas and practices of management, accounting, human resources, scientific and technological research, and innovation.
  In keeping with longstanding BHC policy, the program committee will also consider submissions not directly related to the conference theme. Proposals should be sent to
   For more information, as well as details about BHC prizes and its doctoral colloquium, please see the full call for papers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

AHES 2012 Conference Program Now Available

The Asian Historical Economics Society (AHES) will hold its next conference on September 13-15, 2012, at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan, with the goal of promoting "research on the historical dynamics of Asian economics." The preliminary program has now been posted; abstracts of most papers are linked from the program. For accommodation and registration information, please see the conference website.

Monday, August 13, 2012

CNEH Program Has Been Posted

The Canadian Network for Economic History/Réseau canadien d'histoire économique (CNEH/RCHE) will hold its 2012 conference on October 26-28 at the Banff Center in Banff, Alberta. The theme of the conference is "Getting the Institutions Right: Property Rights and Long-Term Growth." The conference program, as well as information about registration and lodging, has now been posted. The meeting's keynote speaker will be Lee Alston, whose topic will be "Putting Politics into Property Rights." For complete details, please see the conference website.

Friday, August 10, 2012

“Modern Money and Public Purpose” Seminar Series Announced

Modern Money and Public Purpose is an eight-part, interdisciplinary seminar series to be held at Columbia Law School during the upcoming academic year. According to the organizers, “The series aims to present new perspectives and progressive policy proposals on a range of contemporary issues facing the U.S. and global macroeconomy. Seminars will feature a mix of academics and practitioners on topics ranging from the history of debt and money and the structure of the financial system to economic human rights for the 21st century.”  The schedule, information about speakers, and other details can be found on the seminar website. The series is open to the public, though attendees are encouraged to register in advance. Sessions will be held at Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School.
   The series is presented by a consortium of Columbia student organizations, including the Columbia Workers' Rights Student Coalition (Series Organizer), American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society, Columbia Business Law Association, Columbia Law Democrats, Columbia Law Libertarians, Columbia Pre-Law Society, Columbia Society for International Law, Rightslink, and the Unemployment Action Center. It is also being sponsored by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy.

Hat tip: Legal History Blog

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CHORD 2012 Meeting Program Now Available

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) will hold its 2012 annual conference on September 5-6 at the University of Wolverhampton. The program has now been posted, along with abstracts for most of the papers. Information about lodging and fees can be found on the conference website; questions may be addressed to Laura Ugolini at

Monday, August 6, 2012

Books of Interest: New in Paperback

Herewith a listing of books in economic and business history recently released or soon forthcoming in paperback:
 Gerald Berk, Louis D. Brandeis and the Making of Regulated Competition, 1900-1932 (Cambridge University Press, July 2012)

Forest Capie, The Bank of England, 1950s to 1979 (Cambridge University Press, August 2012)

Tracey Deutsch, Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, August 2012)

Alexander J. Field, A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth (Yale University Press, July 2012)

Louis Hyman, Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink (Princeton University Press, November 2012)

Greta R. Krippner, Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance (Harvard University Press, August 2012)

Marc Levinson, The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America (Hill and Wang, September 2012)

Joel Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850 (Yale University Press, October 2012)

Carolyn de la Pena, Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda (University of North Carolina Press, August 2012)

David Suisman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press, May 2012)

Diane Wenger, A Country Storekeeper in Pennsylvania: Creating Economic Networks in Early America, 1790-1807 (Penn State Press, October 2012)

Wendy Woloson, In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression (University of Chicago Press, May 2012)

Nuala Zahedieh, The Capital and the Colonies: London and the Atlantic Economy, 1660-1700 (Cambridge University Press, July 2012)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Web Resource: Recording History

"Recording History: The History of Sound Recording Technology" is a website created and maintained by David L. Morton, author of Off the Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America (1999), and Sound Recording: The Life Story of a Technology (2004). "Recording History" features a bibliographical essay and a series of illustrated texts on topics such as "The Business History of Sound Recording Technology," "Culture and Sound Recording Technology," and many subtopics and technical details about individual technologies and machines—wire recorders, records, 8-track tapes, and dictation machines, for example. Consult the site map for a full listing.
   Morton is now a research scientist for the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access at Georgia Tech.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Teaching Position: “History of Capitalism in Modern America”

The Department of History at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of capitalism defined broadly to encompass candidates working in labor history (free and unfree), business history, economic history, history of economic thought, history of consumer society, and the political economy of the nineteenth and/or twentieth-century United States. The successful candidate must show exceptional scholarly promise and will be expected to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate level (including general chronological courses), as well as to participate in a graduate program that seeks to generate connections across chronological and geographical specializations. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. Receipt of the Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment.
   Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference via Interfolio (  Queries may be addressed to Seth Rockman, Chair, History of Capitalism Search, at The deadline for receiving applications is October 15, 2012. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Women and members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.