Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New and Forthcoming Books: Year-End Edition

A compilation of some of the recently published and forthcoming books of interest to business and economic historians:

Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani, eds., Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University Press, January 2014)
Adam Clulow, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, December 2013)
Katherine C. Epstein, Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain (Harvard University Press, January 2014)
Walter A. Friedman, Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters (Princeton University Press, December 2013)
Margaret C. Jacob, The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, January 2014)
David Koistinen, Confronting Decline: The Political Economy of Deindustrialization in Twentieth-Century New England (University Press of Florida, December 2013)
Robert MacDougall, The People's Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age (University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2013)
Quincy T. Mills, Cutting along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2013)
Robert W. Patch, Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670-1810 (University of Oklahoma Press, October 2013)
Edward J. Roach, The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry (Ohio University Press, January 2014)
Richard Roberts, Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (Oxford University Press, January 2014)
Jeroen Salman, Pedlars and the Popular Press: Itinerant Distribution Networks in England and the Netherlands, 1600-1850 (Brill, October 2013)
James A. Schafer, Jr., The Business of Private Medical Practice: Doctors, Specialization, and Urban Change in Philadelphia, 1900-1940 (Rutgers University Press, December 2013)
Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, The International Distribution of News: The Associated Press, Press Association, and Reuters, 1848-1947 (Cambridge University Press, February 2014)
Kendra Smith-Howard, Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1910 (Oxford University Press, November 2013)
Philip J. Stern and Carl Wennerlind, eds., Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire (Oxford University Press, November 2013)
Pamela E. Swett, Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany (Stanford University Press, December 2013) 
Gabriel Tortella and José Luis García Ruiz, Spanish Money and Banking: A History (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013)
Jenifer Van Vleck, Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy (Harvard University Press, November 2013)
Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA (Princeton University Press, November 2013)
John F. Wilson, Anthony Webster, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, Building Co-operation: A Business History of The Co-operative Group, 1863-2013 (Oxford University Press, December, 2013)
Robert E. Wright, Corporation Nation (University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2013)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BHC 2014 Program Now Available

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The Business History Conference will hold its next annual meeting on March 13-15, 2014,  in Frankfurt, Germany, in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG). The theme of the meeting is "The Virtues and Vices of Businesses—A Historical Perspective." The meeting web page has now been updated to include the preliminary program and registration information. Those interested in attending are encouraged to consult the website for lodging details and other relevant information.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Call for Applicants: “Capital and Commodities,” UT Austin

The Institute for Historical Studies (IHS) at the University of Texas at Austin announces its 2014-2015 theme, "Capital and Commodities." The theme description states:
The co-development of financial and ecological crises, the global proliferation of mass consumerism, and ongoing social and military conflicts over access to natural resources suggest the critical importance of historicizing the study of capital and commodities. . . . the Institute encourages analytical approaches that underscore the sociocultural, political, environmental and intellectual underpinnings of the history of capital and commodities. We especially welcome proposals that encompass broad timespans (including the medieval and early modern periods) and that reach across geographic areas and disciplinary boundaries. 
 The full description is available at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/news/7106.

The IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks; the deadline is January 15, 2014. For more information about the institute's fellowship program and the application process, please visit:

Queries may be addressed to: historyinstitute@austin.utexas.edu.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Program Available: Economic History Society, 2014

The Economic History Society will hold its next annual meeting at the University of Warwick on March 28-30, 2014. The preliminary program is now available on the Society's website. Sessions that may be of particular interest include: "Twentieth-Century British Industry"; "Regional Industry and Institutions"; "Railways and Economic Growth"; "Business Practices"; "State, Community, and Economy"; "Financial Crises"; "Capital Markets"; "Companies and the State"; "Financial Bubbles"; and "Mass Consumption and Marketing." The program will also feature the EHS Women's Committee 25th Anniversary Session, chaired by Helen Paul and including papers by Pat Thane, Maxine Berg, and Pat Hudson.
    The 2014 Tawney Lecture will be delivered by Pat Hudson.
    For fuller information, please see the EHS conference website.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Program Available: EABH “Challenges of International Banking Regulation”

"The Challenges of International Banking Regulation and Supervision after 1945" is a conference to be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management on January 16-17, 2014, jointly organized by the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH), the ESRC-founded project 'The Development of International Financial Regulation and Supervision (1961-1982), based at the University of Glasgow, and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
The organizers explain:
Financial regulation and supervision has gained prominence in the public debate over the past few years. The aim of this conference is to contextualise discussions about financial regulation and supervision since 1945, in particular by providing a historical perspective to current debates. We want to bring together different approaches – legal, economic, political science/political economy, historical – in order to enrich and widen the debate about international regulation and supervision.
The program is now available on the conference website, as well as abstracts for each of the papers. Those wishing to attend should contact info@eabh.info and also consult the travel details page of the website.

Monday, December 9, 2013

CFP: Business History Society of Japan Congress

The Business History Society of Japan will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, the organization will hold a special Congress on the theme of “Competition and Cooperation,” focusing on the many facets of the three industrial revolutions—why they came about, how they developed, and what distinguishes them from one another—and the new ventures that business history scholars need to undertake in order to grasp the significance of new business systems. The general session on the main theme, titled “New Horizons in Business History,” will bring together renowned researchers from Japan, Europe, the United States, and Asia to give keynote lectures on challenges facing the discipline and ideal approaches for future progress. The Congress will take place at Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, on September 11-13, 2014.

Given the 50th anniversary and the increasingly powerful role that globalization continues to play in the realm of research, the BHSJ has decided to schedule English-language sessions on each of the three days. With a scope that encompasses the socioeconomic environment of the entire world, these English sessions will look at why and how “competition and cooperation” within companies, between companies, between companies and government, between companies and other social organizations, and between countries have changed. The BHSJ invites submissions of not only individual, independent papers but also session-specific reports as well. The BHSJ also welcomes any papers that, while not focused specifically on the theme of “competition and cooperation,” deal in some capacity with the pursuit of new horizons in business history research.

For paper proposals, please submit a title, an abstract of no more than 400 words along with a one-page CV to a-terada@bgu.ac.jp by February 28, 2014. Session proposals should include a brief abstract of the session along with a one-page abstract and one-page CV for each participant.For more information, please see the BHSJ call for papers.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Enterprise & Society: December 2013 Issue

The December 2013 issue of Enterprise & Society is now available. In addition to the articles, this issue also contains Kenneth Lipartito's presidential address and abstracts of the dissertations presented in the Krooss Prize Dissertation session at the annual meeting:

Presidential Address
   Kenneth Lipartito, "Connecting the Cultural and the Material in Business History"
Dissertation Summaries
   Gavin Benke, "Electronic Bits and Ten Gallon Hats"
   Bartow J. Elmore, "Citizen Coke: An Environmental and Political History of the Coca Cola Company"
   Caitlin C. Rosenthal, "From Memory to Mastery: Accounting for Control in America, 1750–1880"
   Hsien-chun Wang, "Revisiting the Niuzhuang Oil Mill (1868–1870): Transferring Western Technology into China"
   Madeleine Zelin, "Chinese Business Practice in the Late Imperial Period"
   Jose Galindo, "The Economic Expansion of an Elite Business Family of French Origin in Central Mexico in the First Half of the Twentieth Century"
   Tobias Karlsson, "The Dynamics of Downsizing: The Swedish Tobacco Monopoly in the 1920s"

Full access requires a personal or institutional subscription (BHC members receive the journal as part of their membership); abstracts are freely available.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CFP: “"Business History in Africa, Asia, and Latin America”

The Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School is hosting a conference on June 13-14, 2014:  "Business History in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: Integrating Course Development and New Research."
The conference will focus on course development in business history and the history of capitalism beyond the developed economies of Europe, the United States, and East Asia. It will seek to leverage existing expertise about the field from countries where it is more established, as well as the experience of other disciplines, including world history and international business. Topics to be discussed include how to integrate the latest research into teaching materials; new and innovative pedagogical methods, including web-based learning and the use of oral history; the availability of primary sources; and the different interests and requirements of students in business schools, history departments, and in graduate programs. The conference will draw on an extensive global survey of business history courses in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is hoped that speakers drawn from those regions will share their experience concerning the opportunities and challenges of teaching business history.

We welcome proposals for papers.  Discounted hotel rates will be available for attendees. Conference meals will be provided.  Registration is required, but is free of charge. The conference is open to educators, graduate students, and other academics with an interest in the subject.  It will be held on the campus of Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Please send paper proposals to Walter Friedman (wfriedman@hbs.edu) by January 31, 2014. The full announcement can be viewed on the conference website.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Digital Resource: The SEC Historical Society Opens a New Gallery

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society has opened a new gallery in its on-line museum: “The Mechanics of Legislation: Congress, the SEC and Financial Regulation.” It examines the Insider Trading and Securities Fraud Enforcement Act of 1988 (ITSFEA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. The gallery includes links to almost 500 primary resources, including letters from legislators such as Speaker of the House Carl Albert and U.S. Representative Richard Armey to their constituents; papers from the William J. Clinton Library; and oral history interviews with former U.S. Senator Edward Kaufman and former U.S. Representative Michael Oxley. As noted by gallery curator Kurt Hohenstein,
Over the years, financial legislation has become increasingly more complicated because our system has grown more complex. From the public’s view, the passage of legislation often appears to have come out of the blue, rapid and responsive to a public outcry for reform. In reality, much of the hard work of drafting bills, conducting hearings, building public consensus and organizing needed votes remains hidden from the public. An examination of two significant financial laws enacted in the last half-century . . . can provide insight into the process of legislating on financial affairs, and illustrate the reactive and deliberative legislating models.