Saturday, April 18, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 14


"The Vault" at Slate recently displayed a telephone map of the United States in 1910, showing where lines existed at that time. The original source is the David Rumsey Map Collection.

98 Acres in Albany is a community history project dedicated to documenting the people displaced and the structures demolished to make way for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. The goal is to digitally reconstruct and repopulate the 40 city blocks as they were in 1962. The website is the creation of Ann Pfau (independent historian), David Hochfelder (University of Albany), and Stacy Sewell (St. Thomas Aquinas College).

Jonathan Coopersmith has become a blogger for HNN, with a series called "Infinity, Limited."

A number of recent texts of interest have been in the news:
  • At New Books in History, Gavin Wright is interviewed about Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South (Harvard University Press).
  • Steve Fraser's The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (Little, Brown) was reviewed by Naomi Klein in the New York Times; Fraser can be heard discussing the book on NPR's On Point; and he writes about the book on the History News Network.
  • Claire Potter, who writes the "Tenured Radical" blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education, focuses on Michael Zakim's article on "Paperwork" in the journal Raritan (vol. 33, no. 4).
  • The Spectator has a review of Richard Davenport-Hines' recent biography of John Maynard Keynes, Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes (Collins).
  • Cambridge University Press has posted a YouTube interview with Simon Ville, co-editor (with Glenn Withers) of the Cambridge Economic History of Australia.
The Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford recently held a conference on "Gold Rush Imperialism: Gold Mining and Global History in the Age of Imperialism, c.1848-1914." The program is available here.

The blog for JF Plak Science Books has posted an interesting array of illustrations from a World War II propaganda publication, The Battle of Supplies.

William Lazonick has won the annual McKinsey Award for the most influential article published in the 2014 volume of the Harvard Business Review. He was awarded the prize for his article, "Profits without Prosperity" from the September 2014 issue. He is interviewed about the article here.

Last month the History Department at the University of Birmingham sponsored a workshop in honor of Francesca Carnevali, "Economic History as if People Mattered." The program is available here.

On C-Span's Book TV, we have a video of Sven Beckert discussing his book Empire of Cotton at the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at the New School for Social Research. Beckert was introduced by Julia Ott of the New School (about 7 minutes in).

One can also see Julia Ott and Louis Hyman discussing the history of capitalism at the University of Virginia's Miller Center in January.