Monday, August 3, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 18

Vicki Howard discusses her new book, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store (University of Pennsylvania Press) with Ronald Sklar at "The Modern." She can also be heard discussing the book in this podcast on "Inside Charlottesville."

"Who Makes Cents" and Dissent magazine's "Belabored" podcast join forces to discuss the history of capitalism.

The Historical Mapping Atlas of Ireland has just been relaunched; the data contained within the on-line maps include Irish population change data for every decade between 1841 and 2002 and Irish famine data on population density, agriculture, and housing between 1841 and 1851.

The Imperial and Global Forum, the blog of the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the University of Exeter, published a post by Jamie Martin of Harvard University that received a good deal of cross-posting and comment: "The Colonial Origins of the Greek Bailout."

Thomas Piketty also weighed in on the Greek bailout crisis in an interview originally published in Die Zeit and translated for The Wire. Piketty argued bluntly for debt forgiveness rather than increasing stringency.
    Piketty's own work is analyzed by Maxim Pinkovskiy in a two-part essay in "Liberty Street Economics," the blog of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. The first is "By How Much Is r Greater than g?" The second is "Does More Capital Increase Inequality?"

H-Slavery has produced a "Topical Guide on Capitalism and Slavery in the United States." The guide was created by Stephen Leccese, a Ph.D. student in history at Fordham University, and circulated to H-Slavery subscribers for suggestions.

Barbara Hahn has published a review essay on Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton and Edward Baptist's The Half Has Never Been Told in Agricultural History.

Dan Wadhwani provides a list of the Professional Development Workshops at the upcoming Academy of Management meeting that involve history and memory.

The Slate Vault presented a U.S. government pamphlet from 1918 on "Thrift Standards for Boys and Girls."

Mark Boonschoft, a post-doctoral fellow at the New York Public Library, has written "Letterbooks, Indexes, and Learning about Early American Business," which discusses the value of such materials for historians and students.

Mark Kenneth Gardner has a recent post on the Rhode Island history blog about colonial residents and taxation: " 'Money I have none': Colonial Rhode Island’s Tradition of Negotiating Their Taxes and the Coming of the American Revolution."

And over on Liz Covart's "Ben Franklin's World," two recent podcasts of interest: an interview with Eugene Tesdahl on "Smuggling in Colonial America and Living History"; and  one with Janice Fontanella on "Building the Erie Canal."

The program is now available for the upcoming conference, "The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire," to be held at the University of Cambridge on August 27-29, 2015.

Harvard University Libraries have digitized Carlo de Fornaro's book of caricatures, Millionaires of America (1902). See here for a description.