Sunday, July 5, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 17

Geoffrey Jones of Harvard Business School published an article in "Live Mint" titled "History has its place in business: Learning from the past about the consequences of decisions should surely be part of every manager’s toolkit."

In the United States recently there has been a movement, "Women on 20s," to replace Andrew Jackson (who, among other things, vetoed the rechartering of the Second Bank of the US) on the $20 bill with a woman. But the Treasury announced that it would replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, causing dismay among many, including those who began the campaign. See Brian Phillips Murphy's reaction on this MSNBC video. Former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke also weighed in.

The program for last month's Yale conference. "Grassroots Modernities: Nature, Agriculture, and Improvement in the Atlantic World," is available online. Also at Yale: most papers from the Yale Economic History Workshop, 2001-2011, are archived and freely available.

Another program of interest: "France and Its Empire in the Global Economy, 1815-1939," held June 9 at the University of Cambridge and sponsored by the Centre for History and Economics.

Episode 19 of the podcast "Historically Thinking" features Vicki Howard, discussing her new book, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store (University of Pennsylvania Press).

Stephen Mihm of the University of Georgia discusses the U.S. reluctance to adopt the metric system in The Atlantic online.

June 18, 2015, was the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Drew Keeling reflects on "Business History: Dividends of Waterloo" for the Wharton Magazine.

The July 2015 issue of the Journal of Global History is a special number on "Communicating Global Capitalism," edited by Heidi Tworek and Simone M. Müller.

From the Washington Post: animated gifs showing the evolution of some famous corporate logos.