Saturday, May 9, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 15

The National History Center maintains a video library of events that it has sponsored. These include Congressional briefings and Washington Seminars.

Adam Rothman, a historian of slavery at Georgetown University, and Matt Burdumy, a computer science major at GU, joined forces in Rothman’s History of the Atlantic World class to map more than 35,000 slaving voyages from 1500 to 1870. The result is the "Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Vizualization."

CNN posted an article on "30 Years of .Com," featuring a great image of an early Microsoft website and also quoting historian Andrew Russell.

Benjamin Carp reviews (positively) "Bastard Out of Nevis," Lin-Manuel Miranda's play about Alexander Hamilton, for The Junto.The play is moving to Broadway this summer.

The Illustration Archive at Cardiff University attempts to make available and fully searchable over a million illustrations from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century works of literature, philosophy, history and geography that are in the British Library’s collection and were scanned by Microsoft.

In a recent issue of the New Left Review, Franco Moretti and Dominique Pestre use quantitative linguistic analysis to track changes in outlook at the World Bank.

Gary Hoover, the entrepreneur behind Hoovers on-line, has a long essay on "The Three Greatest American Companies of All Time" (which he says are the Pennsylvania Railroad, General Motors, and IBM).

"Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries" was a conference held in Antwerp in April. The program, which includes a session on "Marriage, Money, and Work," and abstracts are available on-line.

Richard S. Dunn published A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia (Harvard University Press) last year; the book now has an accompanying website, which provides a few of the documents Dunn found during his research.

Volume 7 of H-France's Salon is devoted to a consideration of Thomas Piketty's Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press).: http://www.h-france.net/Salon/Volume7.html

The program for the 10th Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics, held each year at Appalachian State University, is posted on-line; many of the papers are available. The theme of the conference was "The History and Nature of Capitalism."