Sunday, November 9, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 8

For those on Twitter but unable to attend: the 2014 SHOT meeting can be followed at #SHOT14; the Histories of Capitalism Conference at Cornell is at #HOC2014. Update: Finn Arne Jørgensen has compiled the SHOT2014 tweets here on Storify.

There is an extensive review essay in The Nation related to the slavery and capitalism debate: "Apostles of Growth"

The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology in Kansas City, Missouri, has an interesting web exhibit on "The Transcontinental Railroad."  The library's holdings are a great resource for many areas of business history, and research fellowships are available.

See the GIS website by Cameron Blevins at Stanford illustrating his research on "The Geography of the Post."

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at Hagley is making available audio records of many of its scholarly talks on SoundCloud. Among them will be the Center's new series, "Stories from the Stacks," "featuring interviews with researchers who share the excitement of discovering the rich and varied historical materials in Hagley Library’s collections." New "stories" will be posted each Friday; in the first, David Reinecke discusses his research into federal involvement in development of high speed rail in the United States.

Iris Karakus has posted a summary review of a recent workshop on “Informal and Everyday Markets – Histories of Business and Entrepreneurship in India since the 19th Century,” held at the University of Göttingen in June. The workshop was jointly funded by, among others, the Center for Modern Indian Studies and the Chair for Economic and Social History, University of Göttingen and the German Historical Institute in Washington DC.