Sunday, June 7, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 16

The Economist's "Free exchange" blog in April had an essay on "Economic History Is Dead; Long Live Economic History?"

Two recent posts of interest from the Early Americanist blog, The Junto:
Jordan Smith, a Ph.D. Candidate in Atlantic History at Georgetown University, writes about "Disaster, Death, and Distilleries." His dissertation, “The Invention of Rum,” investigates the development and production of rum in the seventeenth and eighteenth-century Atlantic World.
And Chryssa Sharp, an associate professor of International Business at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, discusses "Incorporating History and the Humanities into International Business."
Kendra Boyd of Rutgers University has been awarded an Albert J. Beveridge Grant by the American Historical Association for her work on "Freedom Enterprise: The Great Migration and Black Entrepreneurship in Detroit."

The Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society has selected Jonathon Free, a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University, as the first Miller Center/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellow in Business and Politics. 

The vol. 57, no. 1 (2015) issue of Business History is a special issue on "A New Business History?" Two of the eight essays are freely available until the end of June: "Towards a New Business History?" by Abe de Jong, David Michael Higgins, and Hugo van Driel, and "New Business Histories! Plurality in Business History Research Methods," by Stephanie Decker, Matthias Kipping, and R. Daniel Wadhwani. 

The Circus Museum in the Netherlands has created an online exhibit of nearly 8,000 circus posters from 1880 to the present. The site also includes photos, books, and other documents illustrating the history of the circus business.

Jeremy Adelman has written a review essay for Foreign Affairs, "What Caused Capitalism?" The books considered are Larry Neal and Jeffrey Williamson, The Cambridge History of Capitalism," Joel Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy," and Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton.

Last month Yale University hosted a conference entitled "Doing Business with Strangers: Finance and Enterprise in the Preindustrial World." The conference program, with links to paper abstracts, is available online.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is running a special exhibition, "One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series." As a companion piece, MOMA has produced a website that includes a section on particular interest, "Visualizing the Great Migration."

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training has posted a series of excerpts from oral interviews with officials involved in the implementation of the Marshall Plan.

In early May the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, held a conference on "Jewish Consumer Cultures in 19th and 20th Century Europe and America." The GHI has published a lengthy conference report on its website.

Readers can view Les Hannah of the London School of Economics discussing Barclays' history.