Friday, February 24, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 33

The "Roads to Modernity" blog recently featured an essay on the Company of Merchants Trading to Africa.

In its "50 Things That Made the Modern Economy" series, BBC News posted an essay on the Knights Templar and their banking role. (The whole series can be accessed here.)

H-Diplo has posted a roundtable review of Marc-William Palen's book, The "Conspiracy" of Free Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2016), with an author's response. 

NUCLEUS (The Nuclear and Caithness Archive) has opened to the public in a new facility in Scotland. It will bring together nuclear records from all over the United Kingdom, a project expected to take at least five years.

The National Museum of American History has launched a a three-year project, the American Brewing Industry Initiative, to collect, document, and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers, and the beer industry – with the goal to explore how beer and beer history connect to larger themes in American history. They have recently hired historian Theresa McCulla to head up the program.

Readara recently featured an audio interview with Marc Levinson, who discusses his book, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, which has been re-issued in a new edition by Princeton University Press.

The Race and Capitalism Project, based at the University of Chicago, devotes a section of its website to bibliography and research reviews.

Joel Mokyr has written an essay for Aeon: "How Europe became so rich."

Especially for French readers, but useful for all: the Bibliothèque patrimoniale numérique of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers has digitized a large number of its holdings and placed them online.

The blog Gridium has an interview (both audio and transcript) with Lee Vinsel, "When maintenance is more important than innovation."

The Indiana State Library has digitized the full texts of a large number of trade catalogs.

With regret, we report the death of business historian Peter Payne, who passed away on January 10, 2017. Obituaries by his colleagues can be found here.

An interesting article from blogger The Geek in 9F on British messenger boys and the impact of the telephone.