Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Business History/Historians around the Web

A few listings of interest, featuring business history and historians:
General trader ledger account from 1846 China
"The Enigma of Chinese Business Records" is a discussion on the NEP-His blog by Joyman Lee of the paper "Discovering Economic History in Footnotes: The Story of the Tong Taisheng Merchant Archive (1790-1850)" by Debin Ma and Weipeng Yuan.

Joseph Adelman, who teaches history at Framingham State University and researches the history of the printing business and the postal service in colonial America, was highlighted in John Fea's "The Way of Improvement Leads Home" blog for the achievement of "Bringing the 'Hamilton' Soundtrack to the History Syllabus."  Readers can find the syllabus here.

Marc Levinson has a blog in which he discusses current affairs in light of his scholarship, including his recent book An Extraordinary Time.

Over at "The Junto," Stephen Campbell writes about "Reimagining the Second Bank of the United States in Early American History."

Forbes recently featured an HBS "Working Knowledge" article by Harvard Newcomen Fellow Ai Hisano, "The Pardoxical Quest to Make Food Look 'Natural' with Artificial Dyes." She was also interviewed about her research for "Process," the blog of the Organization of American Historians, in "Eye Appeal Is Buy Appeal: Business Creates the Color of Foods."

Also on "Working Knowledge," readers can download a new paper by Geoffrey Jones and R. Wadhwani, "Historical Change and the Competitive Advantage of Firms: Explicating the 'Dynamics' in the Dynamic Capabilities Framework."
On the Princeton University Press blog, Ed Balleisen talks about the long history of fraud in America, discussing his new book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff."

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an essay continuing the slavery and capitalism debate, "Shackles and Dollars: Historians and economists clash over slavery." [Although the article is gated, many readers will be able to access it via institutional subscription.]

In related news, Barbara Hahn has uploaded her review of Beckert and Baptist, first published in the summer issue of Agricultural History, to the Academia website: "Emperors of New Clothes: Beckert, Baptist, and the New History of Capitalism." [Note also that the journal makes several reviews from each issue freely available; see]