Monday, December 8, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 9

Stephen Mihm had an article in the New York Times Sunday Review on "Why CEOs Are Growing Beards."

Sven Beckert was in the news: his new book, Empire of Cotton, was the subject of a review in Slate by Eric Herschthal; and Beckert can be heard discussing his research in a broader context on Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

The Junto had a post on "Economic Growth and the Historicity of Capitalism," by Tom Cutterham.

More on Edward Baptist and "The Half Has Never Been Told": Brett Rushforth has posted a compilation of reviews and responses to date.

Congratulations to Richard Roberts, winner of the 2014 Wadsworth Prize for Business History, presented by the Business Archives Council; the prize was awarded to Roberts for Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (Oxford University Press).

The George Washington Financial Papers Project at the University of Virginia aims to produce a digital-only edition of these materials. Some visualizations and commentary are already available on the site. See, for example, Account Book 2, 1767-1775."

The Accounting History Review has published a special issue on "Accounting and the First World War," guest edited by Warwick Funnell and Stephen P. Walker; some of the essays are available via open access.

The Library of Congress has published a very useful research guide on "How to Trace Federal Regulations."

On the Open Culture website, one can hear a BBC broadcast of John Maynard Keynes talking about rearmament as a cure for high unemployment in 1939.

Those who missed the recent Southern Historical Association meeting might wish to know that business historians were well represented, most notably in a roundtable discussion, "The New History of Capitalism and Southern History," chaired by John Majewski, University of California, Santa Barbara, and featuring Ken Lipartito, Florida International University; Robin Einhorn, University of California, Berkeley; Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia; Sharon Murphy, Providence College; and Bart Elmore, University of Alabama.

Christopher Jones, Sean Patrick Adams, and Susan Strasser were all quoted in a recent Boston Globe article on "How to Get a Country to Switch to Coal."