Monday, June 3, 2013

More on the History of Capitalism

Pullmans Palace Car Company New York Stock Certificate no. 16921, Pullman Company Archives, Newberry Library
Most readers, at least those in the U.S., will be familiar with the April 6 New York Times article on the resurgence of courses on the history of capitalism in American colleges and universities ("In History Departments, It's Up with Capitalism").  In addition to Stephen Mihm and Bethany Moreton of the University of Georgia, whose photo was featured, the article mentioned prominently Jonathan Levy (Princeton University), Louis Hyman (Cornell University), Sven Beckert (Harvard University), Julia Ott (The New School), and Seth Rockman (Brown University).  For a convenient short bibliography and links to books mentioned, readers might check the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) website blog post related to the NYT article.
     In addition to the NYT coverage, NPR's "On Point" for April 10 featured an interview with Julia Ott and Louis Hyman, "A Second Look at Capitalism," to which readers can listen on the NPR site. Professor Hyman is also directing a "History of Capitalism Summer Camp" at Cornell University for 10 days this July, designed as a "boot camp" "on economic methods for historians."
     In other activity, a conference, "Capitalizing on Finance: New Directions on the History of Capitalism," organized by Stephen Mihm and Julia Ott, met on April 12-13 at the Huntington Library. And, in addition to the several programs mentioned in the NYT article, the Newberry Library runs a Seminar on the History of Capitalism, organized by Joshua Salzmann and Jeffrey Sklansky and co-sponsored by the history departments of Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.