Friday, October 7, 2016

Over the Counter: Issue No. 29

A sampling of news of interest from around the web:
The Global History and Culture Center at the University of Warwick has an interesting website in support of a project on "Europe's Asian Centuries:  Trading Eurasia, 1600-1815," led by Maxine Berg.

Beautiful images from the BBC on "The Abandoned Mansions of Billionaires," showcasing havelis from the Shekhawati region of India.

From Cornell University Library, an exhibit on "Persuasive Cartography," featuring maps "intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send or reinforce messages - rather than to communicate objective geographic information." Subject categories include advertising, money and finance, railroads, and other topics of interest.

The Omohundro Institute introduces NEH Fellow Shauna Sweeney, whose project "focuses on female-centered market networks in the Caribbean and their significance to the rise of Atlantic commerce and the transition from slavery to freedom during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."

The Atlantic's CityLab features an interview with Louis Hyman, on the relationship between civil unrest and the retail economy in poorer neighborhoods. The story was also picked up by CBS News.

A lengthy post on the New Bedford Whaling Museum blog discusses the "History of Seafood Marketing in the Port of New Bedford."

Roger Grant can be seen in a recent C-Span video talking about the history of Interurban Electric Rail in the United States. 

The New Republic features an extended review essay by Michael Kazin on Gareth Stedman Jones' recent book on Marx, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion.

We regret to report that Karl Gunnar Persson has died. He was one of the founders of the European Historical Economics Society, its first president, and the first editor of the European Review of Economic History

The French national railway company (SNCF) is opening its archives to the public, and has already placed 1,400 documents online, in three categories: railway tourism and its posters; from steam trains to high speed lines; and the railway stations.

A new web exhibit of interest from the American Antiquarian Society: "The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865."

Atiba Pertilla has written a comprehensive account of the workshop on “Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Comparative Perspective, Eighteenth Century to Today” held in June by the German Historical Institute to mark the conclusion of the research project “Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American BusinessBiographies, 1720 to the Present.”

An Economist article, "What Goes Around," on "America's Corporate World" quotes research by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., and Naomi Lamoreaux. See also Andrew Smith's blog post on the article.

Daniel Pearl writes in the current issue of Common-Place about the first U.S. lobbying agency and its founder, Isaac Briggs.
    The issue also features an interview with Brian Murphy, author of Building the Empire State, about the business and politics of early New York State.

In his ongoing series of posts featuring materials from the New York Public Library's Early American Manuscripts digitization project, Mark Boonschoft writes about "Disposessing Loyalists and Redistributing Property in Revolutionary New York."