Friday, December 29, 2017

Call for Proposals: NEH 2019 Summer Programs

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes "focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources; provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; contribute to the intellectual growth of the participants; and build lasting communities of inquiry." The call for proposals for summer 2019 is now open. According to the website, "a Seminar provides an intimate and focused environment in which sixteen participants study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars"; an Institute "allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts."  Programs are designed for either K-12 educators or college and university faculty.
    The proposal deadline for Summer 2019 projects is February 22, 2018. Full information, including application instructions and program guidelines, is available on the NEH Seminars and Institutes website.
    Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff comment by January 22, 2018, via email at; questions may be directed to Richard Pettit, Program Analyst, Division of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, via the email address or by calling 202-606-8471.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CFP: 2018 Appalachian Spring Economic History Conference

The 13th annual "Appalachian Spring" Conference in World History and Economics will take place on April 14-15, 2018, on Appalachian State University’s campus in Boone, North Carolina. This conference is an interdisciplinary meeting aimed at bringing together scholars from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) and scholars from other universities in North Carolina, the surrounding states, and abroad. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Broadberry, Professor of Economic History and Research Fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University. The conference will also feature several panels with scholarly papers, divided among different topical themes, including an undergraduate/graduate panel. This year’s theme will be "Convergence and Divergence in World History."
      Paper or panel proposals do not have to be directly tied to the conference theme, although papers fitting with the theme will be given special consideration. Graduate students are welcome to propose a paper presentation as the conference offers a discounted student rate. Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by February 1, 2018. A one-page abstract describing the scholar’s proposal should be submitted to the organizers by that date. A full paper will be expected by April 1, 2018. Organizers (contacts for paper proposals and practical matters): • Jari Eloranta, professor (Appalachian State University, Department of History): phone: 1-828-262-6006, email: • Jeremy Land, Ph.D. candidate (Georgia State University, Department of History): phone: 1-704-689-2055, email: Readers can also find conference details on Facebook.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Some Christmas Cheer, Business History-Style

For those of you celebrating Christmas today, very best wishes from The Exchange. As a small gift, we provide the following history-related sites of interest:

Friday, December 22, 2017

Workshops at the 2018 BHC Meeting

As has become traditional, the 2018 Business History Conference meeting will be preceded by a series of workshops on Thursday, April 5. (For full program information, please see our previous post and the BHC meeting website.) The BHC-organized workshops for 2018 are:
In addition to these three workshops, there will be two sponsored workshops: "Classroom Frontiers: Business History Course Development Workshop," sponsored by the Copenhagen Business School; and "STS and Business History," organized by the Canadian Business History Association and the University of Toronto Techno-Science Research Unit. The latter is accepting abstracts from interested scholars, with a deadline of January 23, 2018.
    Please check back soon for more detailed descriptions of the BHC workshops. Note that all workshops require pre-registration and may entail payment of fees separate from the conference registration fee.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CFP: IEEE Annals Special Issue on Governance in the History of Computing

The IEEE journal Annals of the History of Computing invites submissions for a special issue titled “Governance in the History of Computing.” Edited by Gerardo Con Diaz (University of California, Davis), this special issue will showcase how formal and informal forms of governance (from law and policy to self-policing) have shaped the history of computing broadly conceived. According to the call for papers:
In recent years, scholars have developed a keen interest on the historical relationships between information technology and governance. Their work is revealing that computing and telecommunications technologies have been inseparable from the web of formal and informal forms of governance in which they are embedded. In the process they are showing how the study of law, policy, and regulation can shed new light on every major theme in the history of computing—from the design and commercialization of specific technologies, to the politics of their usage, representation, and disposal. This special issue aims to bring these scholars together. We welcome papers that draw from the history of computing and its allied fields, including STS, media studies, environmental studies, business history, and gender and sexuality studies. . . . 
Papers may focus on any time period from the early nineteenth century to the recent past and on any geographical region. Possible topics of interest include
Some topics of interest include:
  • Computing, free speech, privacy, and censorship
  • Criminal activity, due process, and punishment 
  • Corporate governance and industry standards
  • Gender and race politics of IT governance 
  • Computing and environmental policy 
  • Internet standards and regulation 
  • Ownership rights and piracy 
  • Influential court opinions at the local, national, or international level
Those interested should submit an abstract (250 words) by January 26, 2018, to Gerardo Con Diaz (, who also may be contacted for general questions or queries about potential topics.

Monday, December 18, 2017

BHC 2018 Program Now Available

The full program for the 2018 meeting of the Business History Conference, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 5-7, has been posted on the BHC meeting website.
     The theme of the meeting is "Money, Finance, and Capital." The Program Committee consists of David Sicilia (chair), University of Maryland; Christy Ford Chapin, University of Maryland-Baltimore County; Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School; Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University; Rory Miller, University of Liverpool; Julia C. Ott, New School for Social Research; and Mary O’Sullivan (BHC president), University of Geneva. Local arrangements have been overseen by Joshua Davis, University of Baltimore.
     In addition to regular sessions, the meeting will feature the Krooss Prize Dissertation session; a plenary on "Baltimore in Business History," and two roundtable discussions: one on "Adventures in Financial Archives," and a second on "Teaching Financial History."
     The meeting also affords many opportunities for social and professional networking: a breakfast and a reception for "emerging scholars"; two regular evening receptions; and two peer-group lunches: "Women in Business History," and "Business Historians in Business Schools." It culminates with the traditional book auction, the presidential address (by Mary O'Sullivan), and an awards banquet.
     Please check the BHC meeting website for hotel and transportation information; registration details will be posted shortly.

Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP: Asian Historical Economics Conference

The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) will be hosted by the Asia Global Institute and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Asian Historical Economics Society, on September 21-22, 2018. The two-day conference will be held at Le Méridien Hotel in Hong Kong.
     This meeting follows earlier conferences of the Asian Historical Economics Society in Venice (2008), Beijing (2010), Tokyo (2012), Istanbul (2014), and Seoul (2016). The conference aims to bring together researchers working on the economic history of all regions of Asia, as well as those comparing Asia with other regions. AHEC 2018 invites papers exploring various aspects of economic history. Participants in the AHEC are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a doctoral program.
     Interested scholars should submit an abstract (max. 1-page) together with paper(s) or session proposal(s) via the submission form linked from the meeting website no later than March 15, 2018.
     Please visit the conference website ​for additional information. Questions may be directed to

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Registration Open: Douglass North Symposium

On March 2-3, 2018, professors Lee Alston, John Nye, and Barry Weingast will host a conference, sponsored by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to consider the impact of Douglass North’s work on the discipline of economics: "The Life & Legacy of Douglass North." The conference, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of North's Nobel Prize in Economics, will be structured around five key periods in his career: 1) Cliometrics and Measurement; 2) Relative Prices, Property Rights, and Transaction Costs; 3) Institutions; 4) Belief and Cognition; and 5) Violence. Each theme will have a keynote lecture and a series of paper presentations.
    Registration is now open. There is no registration fee, but attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Essay Contest: US Treasury Inaugurates 1500 Penn Prize

From Alexander Hamilton to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the United States Treasury has faced wars, panics, and a rapidly changing American and global economy. To promote and preserve the history of this institution, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize.
     Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—broadly conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture. Essays will be judged by a panel of historians and Treasury experts.
     The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s Noontime Lecture Series. The THA will cover travel costs to Washington, DC, up to $750. Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes. Submissions should include a current CV and a cover page that includes the author's contact information and affiliation. The deadline is January 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
     Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to Michael Caires at For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, please contact Michael Caires; for more information on the Treasury Historical Association, visit

Friday, December 8, 2017

BHC-Related “Late-Breaking” AHA Panel

At its 2018 annual meeting, the AHA will present a small number of late-breaking sessions, which will explore either major, late-breaking controversies within the discipline or the relevance of history and historical thinking to public policy and culture related to current events.
     Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University, will be chairing such a session. on January 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m., in the Blue Room of the Omni Shoreham: “Revolt against Regulation in the Time of Trump: Historical Perspectives.” The panel includes Sally Katzen, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (in the Clinton Administration); Susan Dudley, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (in the George W. Bush Administration); Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and professor of political science, University of Pennsylvania; Nelson Lichtenstein, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California-Santa Barbara; and Christy Ford Chapin, associate professor of history, University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Here is a partial session description:
In its first year, the Trump Administration has moved across many fronts to “deconstruct the administrative state,” in the words of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. These efforts have ranged from encouraging Congress to block the implementation of regulatory rules adopted in the last few months of the Obama Administration, to appointing vehement opponents of stringent governmental regulations to head federal agencies, such as Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency, to requiring the repeal of two regulations for every new one adopted through an Executive Order, to proposing deep budget cuts in arenas of regulatory enforcement. This late-breaking roundtable [will] place these developments in historical context.
Full details can be found on the AHA website. And please see our earlier post about other sessions of interest at the meeting.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CFP Deadline Approaching: Workshop on Politics and State Finance

A workshop on "Politics and State Finance in the Peripheries of the Global Economy in Historical Perspective" will take place at University College London on June 6-7, 2018. Keynote speakers will be Tim Besley (London School of Economics) and Larry Neal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The deadline for paper submissions is December 15, 2017. According to the organizers, the workshop
is open to papers on any time range which focus on peripheries of Europe, Asia and Africa. . . . Proposed papers inter alia will explore topics of fiscal policy, long-term patterns of taxation and government spending, political economy of domestic/foreign debt and defaults, persistence and convergence of fiscal regimes, and the links between global finance and domestic politics.
Interested participants are required submit a 500-word abstract and title together with their academic CV to Participants will be invited to publish an extended abstract of their papers in workshop proceedings and on the website for the project on "Democracy, Autocracy and Sovereign Debt," of which this workshop is a part. Project co-leaders are Coşkun Tunçer (University College London) and Leonardo Weller (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). Please see the complete call for papers for more information. Queries may be addressed to the organizers at

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fellowship Opportunities: Hartman Center at Duke

The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, announces the availability of three grants for research travel to our collections: the Alvin Achenbaum travel grant, FOARE Fellowship for Outdoor Advertising Research, and the John Furr Fellowship for research in the J. Walter Thompson Co. Archives.
       The John W. Hartman Center promotes the understanding of the social, cultural and historical influence of advertising and marketing through the collection of published and unpublished resources. Strengths of the collection include direct marketing and sales, outdoor advertising, women in the industry, trade industry association records, and the records of multiple advertising agencies and marketing firms.
       Travel grants are available to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and independent scholars with a research project that would benefit from access to materials held by the Center.
       For more information on the available grants please visit the Hartman Center website. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Questions about the travel grant program or application process should be directed to

Friday, December 1, 2017

BHC Members Awarded 2017 AHA Prizes

The American Historical Association has announced the winners of its awards for 2017 in advance of the 2018 meeting in Washington, D.C. Among them are two distinguished BHC members:
Roger Horowitz, director of the program on Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library and long-time secretary treasurer of the Business History Conference, has been awarded the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in the history of the Jewish diaspora for his book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Columbia University Press, 2016).
Patrick Fridenson, directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and former BHC trustee and past-president, was awarded the Honorary Foreign Member Prize for a foreign scholar who is distinguished in his or her field and who has “notably aided the work of American historians in the scholar's country.”
The awards will be presented at the AHA meeting in January.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CFP: CHORD 2018 Workshop on “Retailing, Architecture, and Material Culture”

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) will hold a workshop on May 22, 2018, at the University of Wolverhampton on  "Retailing, Architecture and Material Culture: Historical Perspectives." Submissions are invited that explore the architecture, material environment, objects and material culture of retailing and distribution. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome, as are reflections on methodology and / or theory. Both experienced and new speakers are welcome, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Both individual papers and shorter, 10-minute work in progress presentations will be considered.
     To submit a proposal, please send the title and an abstract of 300 to 400 words, specifying whether the proposal is for a 10- or a 20-minute presentation, to Laura Ugolini at by March 2,  2018.
     For additional information, please see the full call for papers. Questions may be addressed to Laura Ugolini.
      Also of interest, the CHORD website has initiated a "conference blogs" section, where presenters from the 2017 meeting have written about their research.

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFP: Banking History Association Annual Meeting 2018

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has announced that its 2018 Annual Meeting will take place - in cooperation with the Fondazione 1563 per l'Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo - in Torino, Italy, on June 14-15, 2018. With the theme "The Social Aims of Finance," the conference will explore how financial institutions have tackled the question of their legitimacy and social usefulness by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.
    The meeting will be accompanied by an archival workshop on 'good' archives. This workshop is designed for financial institutions' archivists, researchers and potential users and will reflect on the legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role banks and finance played in society.
     Please consult the full call for papers for additional details and a fuller explanation of the meeting theme. Proposals for both events are due by January 31, 2018.
     Academic paper givers will have the opportunity for their papers to be considered for peer-reviewed publication in the Financial History Review.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving and Marketing

As we in the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, marketing professor Samantha Cross discusses "How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It" in "The Conversation." She and her colleagues studied 99 years of Thanksgiving ads in Good Housekeeping magazine to find out how the success of marketing campaigns accounts for our near-universal association of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with the holiday.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Podcasts of Interest: “Doing History” on the Revolutionary Economy

The Doing History podcast, edited by Liz Covart and recently brought under the auspices of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC), has been producing high-quality material for several years now. Recent episodes have been focusing on the American Revolution, and the last three topics may be of particular interest to economic and business historians working in the colonial America field:
  • The Revolutionary Economy, featuring Serena Zabin of Carleton College, author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)
  • The Politics of Tea, featuring Jane Merritt of Old Dominion University, author of The Trouble with Tea: The Politics of Consumption in the Eighteenth-Century Global Economy (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Smuggling and the American Revolution, with guests including Wim Klooster, Fabricio Prado, and Christian Koot
In addition to links provided with each episode, additional materials are available through the OI Reader, available in both Apple and Android versions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

CFP: Business and the Law Workshop

The University of Bayreuth is holding a workshop on "Business and the Law: Historical Perspectives on Legal Change," which will take place on June 21-23, 2018. According to the organizers,
The aim of the workshop is to understand legal change as a change in routines that affected the ways in which businesses and courts interpreted the "rules of the game." Such a change could manifest itself in written law or lead to a fundamentally different way of interpreting it. In both cases the focus needs to be on economic and legal practices, i.e. on the question what the law meant in its historical context and how it actually affected economic actions. We are looking for theoretical work as well as empirical case studies that help to shed light on the historical transformations of legal institutions at the intersection of businesses and the law.
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for the presenters of all accepted papers. The workshop will be organized as a paper development workshop. There will be only a small number of individual presentations during the workshop, intended to provide an overview to the different fields of interest. All workshop participants are expected to read the papers that will be pre-circulated. Some of the papers will be published in a special issue on "Business and the Law," edited by the workshop organizers, in Management and Organizational History.
    Proposals should be sent as a single document (PDF) by December 31, 2017. The document should include the name, institutional affiliation, and contact information of those submitting; a 500-800 word abstract; and a one-page CV.
   For a fuller explanation of the Workshop's aims and discussion of the topic, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, November 17, 2017

E&S Announces Annual 5th Issue: Call for Guest Editors for “Histories of Business and Inequality”

The editors of the BHC journal Enterprise & Society have announced a new initiative to expand the content of the journal by publishing an annual 5th issue on a special topic, to be delivered online. According to Andrew Popp, Enterprise & Society editor, the goal of the 5th issue is "to significantly enhance the reach and impact of business history by creating a space in which to explore inter-disciplinary dialogue and address very large scale problems in ways that are beyond the scope of conventional original research articles and typical thematically focused special issues." Here is more from the general announcement on the Cambridge University Press website:
The new fifth issue, which will be published online, will be a special issue unlike most others. Rather than seeking original research articles the aim is to generate bold, ambitious, synthetic articles that will spark debate, inspire future lines of work, and broaden audiences. Each issue will focus either on the potential intersections of business history and another field, both within and beyond history, or on problems of the greatest magnitude. . . .
     The new fifth issue will also differ from most Special Issues in other ways. We will not seek theme proposals. Rather, the editorial team at Enterprise and Society will decide themes. Teams of potential guest editors will then be invited to bid to take each theme forward to publication. Space and support will be given for guest editors to organize a supporting workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, on whose behalf Enterprise and Society is published.
All articles accepted for publication in Special Issues will be subject to the same peer review and editorial processes as articles appearing in the regular print issues. They will also be produced and formatted to identical standards as those in regular print issues.
     The journal has now issued a call for guest editors to oversee the first issue in a new initiative; the topic will be "Histories of Business and Inequality." Expressions of interest from potential editorial teams will be assessed according to both the composition of the editorial team and how they propose to shape and address the chosen theme. Editorial teams must comprise a minimum of two individuals and must be interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinarity is defined as at least one member from beyond the field of business history, broadly defined. Team members may be drawn from the wider field of history or other cognate fields of study. International teams will be viewed favorably, as will teams combining established and emerging scholars. For more details about the theme and the submission and publication processes, please see the full call for papers.
     Proposals, consisting of a description of the proposed editorial team, a document outlining how the theme will be shaped and addressed, and CVs for all team members, should be sent to editor-in-chief Andrew Popp by January 31, 2018, at Enquiries from prospective teams are welcome and can be sent to the same email address.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CFP: EBHA 2018

The European Business History Association (EBHA) will hold its next annual conference on September 6-8, 2018, in Ancona, Italy, hosted by the Università Politecnica delle Marche. The theme of the meeting will be "The Firm and The Sea: Chains, Flows and Connections."
    According to the call for papers,
The sea - whether considered as open ocean or as a mass of water bordered by land masses - is an enormous economic resource for mankind. Not only is it the principal way of transportation for goods and humans but it’s also a formidable source of food. Since we want to link the sea with the business unit (the firm, as well as other organizational units like clusters, networks and global value chains) the focus of the next EBHA conference will be on two units of analysis that are both extremely relevant for the sea as well as economic resources - ships and harbors. 
Topics without ties to the sea or the firm will be given consideration, "provided that the proposal demonstrates originality and that [the EBHA meeting] could be a useful place for further reflection."
Formats other than traditional papers, such as panels and roundtables, poster sessions for Ph.D. students, workshops aiming to start collaborative projects, and "toolkit sessions," are also welcome; such proposals should be directed to the paper committee as well.
     For much more detail about the conference theme, and information about the submission process, please see the full call for papers. The submission deadline is January 15, 2018 January 31, 2018. Questions may be directed to Veronica Binda or Roberto Giulianelli at

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Books of Interest: Fall 2017 Edition

New and forthcoming books of interest to business and economic historians, October-December 2017 (and a few earlier titles we missed):
Leslie Berlin, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age (Simon & Schuster, November 2017)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Fashionability: Abraham Moon and the Creation of British Cloth for the Global Market (Manchester University Press, October 2017)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Uwe Spiekermann, eds., Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture (Palgrave, October 2017)

Michael R. Cohen, Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era (NYU Press, December 2017)

Pierre-Yves Donzé and Rika Fujioka, eds., Global Luxury: Organizational Change and Emerging Markets since the 1970s (Palgrave, October 2017)

Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard University Press, December 2017)

Sarah Ruth Hammond, God's Businessmen: Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Depression and War [ed. Darren Dochuk] (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Douglas A. Irwin, Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna, eds., Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity (Columbia University Press, October 2017)

Colleen E. Kriger, Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa’s Guinea Coast
(Ohio University Press, October 2017)

David Kynaston, Till Time's Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England, 1694-2013 (Bloomsbury Publishing, November 2017)

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and John Joseph Wallis, eds., Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development (University of Chicago Press, December 2017)

Qian Lu, From Partisan Banking to Open Access: The Emergence of Free Banking in Early Nineteenth Century Massachusetts (Palgrave, October 2017)

Bianca Murillo, Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth-Century Ghana (Ohio University Press, October 2016)

William A. Pettigrew and David Chan Smith, eds., A History of Socially Responsible Business, c. 1600-1950 (Palgrave, October 2017)

Jamie L. Pietruska, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, December 2017)

Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles, eds., The President and American Capitalism since 1945 (University Press of Florida, November 2017)

E. Michael Rosser and Diane M. Sanders, A History of Mortgage Banking in the West: Financing America's Dreams (University Press of Colorado, October 2017)

Laura Philips Sawyer, American Fair Trade: Proprietary Capitalism, Corporatism, and the 'New Competition,' 1890–1940 (Cambridge University Press, December 2017)

Peter Scott, The Market Makers: Creating Mass Markets for Consumer Durables in Inter-war Britain (Oxford University Press, November 2017)

Jeffrey Sklansky, Sovereign of the Market: The Money Question in Early America (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Harry S. Stout, American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism  (Basic Books, November 2017)

Jim Tomlinson, Managing the Economy, Managing the People: Narratives of Economic Life in Britain from Beveridge to Brexit (Oxford University Press, December 2017)

Emily E. LB. Twarog, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, October 2017)

Andrew Urban, Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century (NYU Press, December 2017)

Grietjie Verhoef, The History of Business in Africa: Complex Discontinuity to Emerging Markets (Springer, October 2017)

Zhang Yingyu, The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection, trans. Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk (Columbia University Press, September 2017)

Jeffrey R. Yost, Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry (MIT Press, September 2017)

Friday, November 10, 2017

CFP: Economic History Association, 2018

The next annual meeting of the Economic History Association (EHA) will take place in Montreal, Canada, on September 7-9, 2018. The theme for EHA 2018 is “‘From Plague, Famine, and War, Save us, O Lord’: Shocks and Disasters in Economic History.” As the call for papers explains:
The age-old prayer refers to disasters that have blighted lives throughout history. The theme is an invitation for papers on the broader economic-historical aspects of such crises—environ-mental, climatic, humanitarian, economic, and other. . . . The theme of the 2018 meetings embraces topics such as the economic causes and consequences of wars and of other disasters; comparative and interdisciplinary analyses of famines and plagues from classical antiquity to modern times; analyses of the institutions that attempted to counter them; of their proximate and remoter causes (e.g. climate change); of their changing incidence over time; of the welfare gains from their eradication; and of their short- and long-run economic, demographic, and political consequences.
The program committee will consider submissions on all topics in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers related to the conference theme.
    Proposals should be submitted using the EHA's online system (now open), and must be received by January 31, 2018. For additional information about submitting materials for EHA prizes and for the dissertation session, please see the full call for papers.

Monday, November 6, 2017

WEHC 2018: Accepted Panels Update and Call for Dissertations

The next World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29-August 3, 2018. Panel proposals accepted during the second round are now online and are listed together with the first-round proposals. Panels from either round that still have open calls for papers are indicated in the listing.
   Students who have completed their dissertations between June 2014 and August 2017 are encouraged to submit their theses for the dissertation panel/competition. Dissertations will be shortlisted and considered for awards in three separate categories: Ancient/medieval/early modern period; the long 19th century; and the 20th century. The three finalists in each category will be invited to present their work in the dissertation panel. Theses written in languages other than English will also be considered, although the abstract needs to be in English. The deadline for electronic submissions of the theses, along with information on past and current affiliation of the student, advisor, 500-word abstract, and any other pertinent information is December 1, 2017. All materials should be sent by email to:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fellowships: Research Opportunities at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

Through its fellowships and travel grants, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation supports research projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products. A comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images, and research materials held by the National Museum of American History (and other Smithsonian units) is available on the Smithsonian website.
    The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics in the history of technology, invention, and innovation, but especially encourages project proposals whose topics align with one (or more) of the Lemelson Center’s strategic research and programmatic areas, including: (1) the cultivation and training of inventors and innovators; (2) innovation in sports and sports technology; (3) the role of risk and failure in invention and innovation; (4) the role of venture capitalists and other intermediaries (e.g. patent attorneys, incubators, designers, etc) in the process of innovation; or (5) projects that illuminate inventors from diverse backgrounds or any inventions and technologies associated with groups (e.g. women, minorities, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.) that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.
    The Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship supports the work of an experienced author or senior scholar (at the associate/full professor level or equivalent) from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field. The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. The stipend is $35,000. Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits, living expenses for longer residences up to six months, and related research expenses; dates are flexible.
     The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral and experienced scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum. Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Stipends will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows.
    For both these fellowships, researchers may wish to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or
    The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 3 to 4 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH. Researchers may wish to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or
     For application procedures and additional information about these fellowships, please follow the indicated links to the specific award programs on the Lemelson Center website.The application deadline for all the fellowships is December 1, 2017.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Digital Resource: Newberry Collections for the Classroom

The American Express building in Chicago
The Newberry Library has organized hundreds of items among its large holdings into "Collections for the Classroom." Materials are divided by topic (for example, "Commodities and the Transformation of the American Landscape"; "The New Deal in Chicago and the Midwest"), but items may also be browsed alphabetically and can be sorted by date, author, or title. Users can log in to create their own lesson plans by assembling Newberry materials of their choosing; the results will be stored as a unique URL.
     For a full list of the Newberry's many online exhibits and topical digital publications, please see the Newberry website.

Friday, October 27, 2017

CFP: Association of Business Historians 2018

The 2018 Association of Business Historians (ABH) annual conference will be held on June 29-30, 2018, at the Open University Business School in Milton Keynes. The conference theme is "Pluralistic Perspectives of Business History: Gender, Class, Ethnicity, Religion." The conference "aims to explore the impact of gender, social class, ethnicity, and religion on business success, fraud, funding, financial markets, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility."
    The program committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (up to 300-word) abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include a cover letter stating the rationale for the panel and the name of its contact person; one-page (300 word) abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a list of preferred panel chairs and commentators with contact information. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. Conference proposals should come through the online submission platform.
     For a fuller discussion of the meeting's theme, instructions for proposal submissions, and other details, please consult the full call for papers. Questions may be addressed to the local organizers: or
    Doctoral students will also be interested in the Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop, which will take place in conjunction with the ABH meeting.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Program Available and Registration Open: EABH Workshop on “The Data Dilemma”

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) is sponsoring a one-day workshop at the Westin Zagreb Hotel in Zagreb, Croatia, on November 10, 2017, on "The Data Dilemma: A Risk or an Asset?" According to the organizers:
The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability. Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. 
The program is available on the EABH website, and registration information is here. The workshop will run in parallel to the international conference "INFuture 2017: Integrating ICT in Society," meeting in Zagreb on November 8-10.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Business History in the Current Common-Place

The latest issue of the online journal Common-Place (issue 17, no. 4) has two pieces of direct interest to business historians. First, in "The Business of Building Books," Paul Erickson explores the value of thinking about books "as objects that were processed, stored, and packaged by industrialists," and that could be used "as payments to workers who labored on their manufacture."
    In the book review section, Courtney Fullilove examines Gergely Baics, Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy of Geography and Food in New York, 1790-1860, in an essay entitled "Slaughterhouse Rules: The Deregulation of Food Markets in Antebellum New York."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CFP: EBHS 2018

The 43rd Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) Annual Conference will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on May 30-June 2, 2018. The general theme is "Early Modern Origins of Growth and Business." However, proposals for presentations on any aspect of ancient to recent economic, social or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. Submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates are encouraged.
    Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2018. Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website at (or by email to Please consult the complete call for papers for more details about the meeting and submission procedures.
    Questions should be addressed to Program Chair Olli Turunen,, or EBHS 2018 President Jari Eloranta,

Monday, October 16, 2017

CFP: Special Issue of Management and Organizational History on “ Making Managers”

The journal Management and Organizational History has issued a call for papers for a special issue on "Making Managers." Guest editors are Rolv Petter Amdam, Mathias Kipping, and Jacqueline McGlade. They state:
The issue intends to fill an important gap in the current literature on the history of management education, which has largely been centered on organizational development narratives, i.e. the rise of business schools, the global spread of the American model, business-based academic disciplines, etc. We therefore invite papers that to chronicle the actual preparation of managers in all types, venues and forms; address questions and perspectives that have not been addressed; and cover geographical areas or industries and activities that are not in focus in the extant literature.
For a much fuller explanation of possible topics and the submission process, please see the journal website. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Digital Resource: Business History Explorer

Business History Explorer (BHE) is a bibliography covering the history of UK businesses and the industries to which they belong. At the end of 2016 it contained c45,000 entries. Its prime purpose is to assist researchers in locating historical information about specific businesses. The bibliography includes monographs, periodical articles, theses, chapters in multi-author works, unpublished works, and selected product and employment literature. The database is being continuously updated in order to include new publications and to plug gaps in the existing constituency. According to the project website, "Many gaps remain in periodical article coverage and priority is being given in 2017 to addressing this."
    One can search the database to get a sense of the contents without charge, but viewing the results returned requires payment of an annual fee, substantially discounted for BAC members and affiliates.
       The BHE is the successor to Francis Goodall, A Bibliography of British Business Histories, published in 1987. The work in gathering information for the present bibliography has been undertaken by John Orbell with Richard Storey. It is supported by the British Archives Council.

Monday, October 9, 2017

And More Business Historians in the News

News about and by historians of business continues to pop up in the general media. [Note that some of these links may lead to material that is gated, but readers with access to university or public libraries should be able to gain entry.]
In an opinion piece in the wake of the Google employee memo about gender in the industry, Marie Hicks drew on her recent research to write "Women were foundational to the field of computing" for the Washington Post.

Marc Levinson wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on "Can Amazon Be the Next Apple?"

Josh Lauer appeared on NPR's Marketplace, discussing his new book, Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America.

An essay on the Bank of England blog on Britain's early efforts to finance the First World War, written by Michael Anson, Norma Cohen, Alastair Owens and Daniel Todman, received widespread coverage in the UK press; see, for example, the Financial Times.

Ed Balleisen's Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff continues to attract media attention; see Katherine Epstein, “Deconstructing Fraud,” The American Interest, and Brooke Harrington, “Why Americans Get Conned Again and Again,” The Atlantic. There is also a podcast discussion of the book between Balleisen and David Burch on the latter's podcast site.

Julia Ott wrote an extended review essay of Robert Gordon's The Rise and Fall of American Growth for the online site Public Books.

The Washington Post featured a discussion of the The Negro Motorist Green-Book.

Robert Wright can be found on C-Span talking about Alexander Hamilton's views on the national debt, under the auspices of the Museum of American Finance. 

Noam Maggor's Brahmin Capitalism was reviewed by John Steele Gordon for the Wall Street Journal.

 A large contingent of historians, including Dael Norwood, contributed to a two-part story on WBUR's online site, "Commonwealth," "How Profits From Opium Shaped 19th-Century Boston."

Friday, October 6, 2017

CFP: “Contextualizing Bankruptcy”

The Institut historique allemand in Paris is holding a two-day workshop on March 19-20, 2018, on the subject "Contextualizing Bankruptcy: Publicity, Space and Time (Europe, 17th to 19th c.)." The organizers [Natacha Coquery (LARHRA, Lyon 2, IUF); Jürgen Finger (DHI Paris); Mark Sven Hengerer (LMU Munich)] write in their call for papers:
Although bankruptcy is a rather exceptional situation in the life of a merchant, it has explanatory power for routines of economic stakeholders. Considering the long, non-uniform and unsteady transition from merchant capitalism to industrial and financial capitalism, we suggest to start a dialog between modernistes and contemporanéistes. The workshop focuses on the various forms of contextualizing business failure and puts forward three major research axes: Covering and uncovering/secrecy and publicity; economic space and area of jurisdiction; temporal narratives of (in)solvency.
Those interested in presenting should send an abstract of the presentation (max. 500 words) and a short biographical note (1/2 page) with a list of relevant publications to by the deadline of October 31, 2017.
    For a much more extended discussion of the workshop topic, please see the complete call for papers.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blogs of Interest

A number of history organizations and groups now publish active and informative blogs, which often include material of interest to business and economic historians. A (far from comprehensive) sampling:
American Antiquarian Society: Past Is Present
American Historical Association: AHA Today
Centre for Imperial and Global History, Exeter: Imperial & Global Forum  
Economic History Society: The Long Run
Global Urban History
Hagley Library and Museum: Research and Collection News
Legal History Blog 
National Museum of American History, O Say Can You See? (filtered for business history)
New-York Historical Society: From the Stacks  
Organization of American Historians: Process
Organizational History Network
Society for Historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR): The Panorama
The Junto (early Americanists)
Urban History Association: The Metropole 
In addition, several individual historians manage blogs of interest:
Ed Ayers, et al., Bunk: Rewiring American History
Ken Lipartito, In the Age of Trump
Stephen Mihm blogs regularly at the Bloomberg View
Andrew Smith, The Past Speaks
John Turner, Finance: Past, Present, and Future
Robert E. Wright, Finance: History and Policy

Monday, October 2, 2017

Program Available: Hagley Conference on “Hidden Capitalism”

On November 10, 2017, the Hagley Museum and Library will offer a conference on "Hidden Capitalism: Beyond, Below, and Outside the Visible Market." The conference was initiated by Lisa Jacobson (UC Santa Barbara) and Ken Lipartito (Florida International University); they were joined on the program committee by Roger Horowitz (Hagley Museum and Library) and Wendy Woloson (Rutgers University). Session titles are: "Business in the shadows"; "Liminal spaces and global order";"Capitalisms in collision"; and "Regulating alternative markets."
    For additional information, please contact Carol Lockman at

Friday, September 29, 2017

Reminder: BHC Doctoral Colloquium Deadline Approaching

The 2018 BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Baltimore on Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline and from any country. Topics may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including at least two BHC officers), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories.
     Applications, due by November 15, 2017 via email to, should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from the dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting.  Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by December 20, 2017.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Reviews of Interest

A selection of recent (ungated) reviews of books in business and economic history:
Charles Thompson reviews Nicolas Barreyre, Gold and Freedom: The Political Economy of Reconstruction, for Reviews in History.

Aaron L. Chin reviews Gautham Rao, National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State for Common-Place.

John Kampfner reviews David Kynaston, Till Time’s Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England, 1694-2013 for The Guardian.

Bernard Attard reviews Marc Flandreau, Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science for EH.Net.

Larry Neal reviews Youssef Cassis, Richard S. Grossman, and Catherine R. Schenk, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History for EH.Net.

Jean-Pierre Dormois reviews Robert Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, for Books &

Erik Benson reviews Richard R. John and Kim Phillips-Fein, eds., Capital Gains: Business and Politics in Twentieth-Century America for EH.Net.

David González Agudo reviews Rafael Torres Sánchez, Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century for EH.Net. The book is also reviewed by Jobie Turner for H-War.

Lynne Kiesling reviews John L. Neufeld, Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities before 1940 for EH.Net.

Michael Haupert reviews James W. Cortada, All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870 for EH.Net.

Anne L. Murphy reviews Ranald C. Michie, British Banking: Continuity and Change from 1694 to the Present for EH.Net.

Joshua Friedman reviews Adam Teller and Rebecca Kobrin, eds. Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History for H-Judaic.

Martin Bemman reviews Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, eds., Green Capitalism? Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century for H-Soz-u-Kult [in German].

Gayle K. Brunelle reviews Jutta Wimmler, The Sun King's Atlantic: Drugs, Demons and Dyestuffs in the Atlantic World, 1640-1730 for H-Atlantic.

Sean Seyer reviews Molly W. Berger, Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929 for H-USA.

Nate Holdren reviews Elizabeth Anderson, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It), and Chad Pearson, Reform or Repression: Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement for History News Network.

Anthony Swift reviews Robert Rydell, ed., World's Fairs: A Global History of Exhibitions for Reviews in History.

Helen Paul reviews Amy Froide, Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain’s Financial Revolution, 1690-1750 for Reviews in History.

Monday, September 25, 2017

CFP: Richard Robinson Workshop in Business History 2018

The 3rd biennial Richard Robinson Workshop on Business History will take place at Portland State University on May 24-26, 2018. The theme for the meeting will be "Risk, Honor & Innovation: Imagining New Markets." According to the call for papers:
The market, market-relations, and the marketplace, have become key markers of what is forward-looking and progress-oriented in modern societies. These markers delineated an impersonal sphere of scientific, technical and agentless activities whose workings seemingly lay outside the realm of desires and emotions. Our workshop seeks to break down the divide between the impersonal (effects of technical limits and aggregations of large numbers) and the subjective (articulations of perceptions, fears, and self-regard) in the ways “the market” and “the economy” are conceived. We aim to reconsider market and business activities in light of both the techniques and the emotional vectors that infuse them.
The organizers are looking for "business histories (broadly construed) that tackle this intersection of desire, norms and markets in a variety of ways from all time periods and places," and they particularly encourage "proposals on global, transnational, and non-Western topics and on developments before the twentieth century." For a much fuller discussion of possible topics, please see the full call for papers.
    Paper proposals, consisting of a one-page CV and a 500-word abstract, should be sent to the workshop organizers, Thomas Luckett (Portland State University), Chia Yin Hsu (Portland State University), and Erika Vause (Florida Southern College), at by November December 15, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Schedules: Fall 2017 Workshops and Seminars of Interest

As the new academic year begins, we once more offer a round-up of ongoing workshops, forums, and discussion groups in business and economic history. Please check each website for more detailed information. Some groups, particularly those in non-US universities, may not yet have posted Fall 2017 information; in those cases, a link to the home site or last available listing is included.
     In addition to their value for those able to participate directly, these groups often maintain mailing lists and sometimes make speakers' papers freely available.
Business History Seminar, Harvard Business School (scroll down)
Business History @ Erasmus Seminars
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society (Hagley) Research Seminars
Centre for Business History Seminar, Copenhagen Business School
Columbia University Seminar in Economic History
Economic History Seminar, LSE
Economic History Seminar, Stern School of Business, NYU
Economic History Workshop, Stanford University
Economic and Social History of the Early Modern World, IHR, University of London
Economic and Social History Seminar, Utrecht University (scroll down)
Harvard Economic History Workshop
History and Economics Seminar, Harvard University
International and Global History Forum, Harvard University
Newberry Seminar on the History of Capitalism
Northwestern Economic History Workshop
Paris School of Economics, Economic History Seminar
PEAES Fellows Colloquium and Seminars, Library Company of Philadelphia
Penn Economic History Forum
Political Economy of Modern Capitalism Workshop, Harvard University
Queen's University (Ontario) Economic History Workshop
Queen's University (Belfast) Centre for Economic History Workshop
Seminar on the History of American Capitalism, Johns Hopkins University
Seminars in Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge
Vanderbilt University Economic History Workshop
Von Gremp Workshop in Economic and Entrepreneurial History, UCLA
Washington (D.C.) Area Economic History Seminar
Yale Economic History Workshop
In addition, the following seminars, though not specifically focused on business or economic history, often have papers of interest:
McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Omohundro Institute Colloquium