Friday, May 18, 2018

Over the Counter: Issue No. 40

News of interest from around the web:

The Winter 2018 edition of Financial History, the magazine of the Museum of American Finance, contains articles by Susie Pak on "Where Are They Now? " on the investment firm Blyth & Co., and by Joseph Martin and the late Chris Kobrak on "Evolution of the Canadian Currency and Banking Systems."

The folks at BackStory interviewed Bernard Carlson and Paul Israel about Thomas Edison's reputation.

Jon Kelvey writes in Smithsonian online about "How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic."

We're saddened to report the deaths of two well-known members of the business and economic history community. Tony Corley, who died on March 15, 2018, is remembered by Mark Casson; and Frank Lewis, who died on March 14, is memorialized by Ann Carlos, Ian Keay, and Taylor Jaworski on EH.Net. 

The Mapping Early American Elections team has released over eighty maps of elections for Congress’s second decade. This release adds county-level maps of election returns for the Sixth through Tenth Congresses, taking coverage of Congressional elections up through the 1806–1807 elections.

A new online exhibit from the American Antiquarian Society, "The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865," explores the interconnectedness of American news media, in all its formats, with changes in technology, business, politics, society, and community from 1730 to 1865.

Kim Phillips-Fein's book, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, was named as a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History.

A recent issue of the JSTOR Daily, on "Why Americans Used to Hate Hotel Workers," features the research of K. Sandoval-Strausz and Daniel Levinson Wilk.

A Harvard Business Review article by Steve Blank suggests "To Understand the Future of Tesla, Look to the History of GM."

"Black Perspectives," the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), ran a roundtable in March on the book Masterless Men by Keri Leigh Merritt. Of particular interest are two posts, one by Calvin Schermerhorn on "In the Shadows of Slavery's Capitalism," and another,  by Jessica Parr, on "Race, Economics, and the Persistence of Slavery."

On the University Press of Florida blog, authors Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles discuss "The  President as American Consumer-in-Chief," drawing on their work for their edited book, The President and American Capitalism since 1945.




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Conference: “New Perspectives on Regulatory History” at HBS

Harvard Business School will host a conference on "New Perspectives on U.S. Regulatory History: Past and Present of Public Utilities and Antitrust Law," to be held June 4-5, 2018. According to the organizers,
This research conference brings together leading historians and legal scholars interested in the history and future of the U.S. regulatory tradition. . . . [The] conference seeks to reinvigorate [Tom] McCraw’s insight that interdisciplinary dialogue is necessary to understand the complexities of modern regulatory policy.
The schedule is available here. Please note that registration must be completed by May 22, 2018. For registration information, as well as details about lodging and travel, please see the conference website. Questions may be directed to regulationconference@hbs.edu.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Program Available: 2018 Policy History Conference

Every two years the Journal of Policy History and the Institute for Political History sponsor a conference on policy history. According to the website, "the primary goal behind the conference has been to provide an interdisciplinary forum for presentations and roundtable discussions on policy history topics and recent policy history research." The 2018 conference will be held in Tempe, Arizona, on May 16- 19. The program, available online, features a number of sessions of interest, particularly:
Session 1-A: "Risking the Republic: Federal Policy and Financial Change in the Postwar Era," with Christy Ford Chapin, Sean Vanatta, Peter Conti-Brown, commentary by Mark Rose;
Panel 4-C: "Conservative Challenges to the Great Society," chair and commentator, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer;
Roundtable 3-H: Roundtable Discussion of Laura Phillips Sawyer’s American Fair Trade: Proprietary Capitalism, Corporatism, and the ‘New Competition,’ 1890-1940, with Benjamin Waterhouse, Victoria Saker Woeste, and Joanna Grisinger, chaired by Elizabeth Sanders
Roundtable 4-C: Roundtable Discussion of Edward Balleisen’s Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff, with Cristie Ford, Pamela W. Laird, Ajay Mehrotra, and Robert Horowitz; chaired by Benjamin Waterhouse and commentary by Edward Balleisen
For complete information about the meeting, please see the conference website.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Reminder: Extended Deadline for Business History Special Issue CFP

Business History will publish a special issue on "Bank-Industry versus Stock Market-Industry Relationships: A Business History Approach." The guest editors are José L. García-Ruiz, Complutense University of Madrid, and Michelangelo Vasta, University of Siena. In their call for papers, they state: "It seems clear that much can be learned about the bank-industry and stock market-industry relationships if they are addressed from a Business History perspective, which until now has been almost completely neglected."
     The editors welcome contributions on the history of the bank-industry and stock market-industry relationships, especially if they use interdisciplinary and new methodologies and cross-country comparisons.  Articles should be based on original research and should not be under consideration by other journal. All articles should be submitted via ScholarOne, using the drop-down menu to select submission to the appropriate special issue. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 31, 2018. A full discussion of the topic and instructions for submission can be found in the call for papers on the journal's website.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Reminder: Application Deadline for New “Exchange” Editor Is May 15

The Business History Conference is looking for a new editor for this blog, "The Exchange." For the full announcement, see our earlier post. This is a great opportunity to serve while simultaneously keeping abreast of the business and economic history scholarly world! 
    Applicants should send a cover letter outlining interest in and aptitude for the position together with a CV to Shennette Garrett-Scott, Chair, Electronic Media Oversight Committee, at smgscott@olemiss.edu by May 15, 2018. Questions can be directed either to Shennette at the listed email address or to Andrew Popp, BHC Secretary-Treasurer, at andrew.popp@liverpool.ac.uk.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Spring 2018 Edition: Business Historians in the News

A sample of business historians in the news in recent weeks:
In Growth Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Geoffrey Jones talks about income inequality, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

On Xerfi Canal, Eric Godelier of the Ecole Polytechnique can be viewed talking about "The Place of Culture in Management."

In a recent article in the Baltimore Sun on the need for citywide street design, Paige Glotzer of Harvard University is quoted about the research in her forthcoming book on "Building Suburban Power: The Business of Exclusionary Housing Markets"

Robert Wright of Augustana University is quoted in a recent Forbes article on "Is Economics Going Back to the 1800s? Maybe So."

Several business historians have written recently for the "Made by History" series in the Washington Post [behind a paywall for some]:
    Shane Hamilton on "The Great American Supermarket Lie"
    Jason Weixelbaum [recent BHC Colloquium member] on "Why It's Time to Regulate Social Media Companies Like Facebook"
     Elizabeth Tandy Shermer on "The Right to Work Really Means the Right to Work for Less"

Joshua D. Rothman writes about "The Curious Origins of the Dollar Sign" for We're History.

The National History Center recently addressed concerns about robots and jobs at a congressional briefing on automation and the workforce, presented by Amy Bix (Iowa State University), Jonathan C. Coopersmith (Texas A&M University), and Louis Hyman (Cornell University); the session is detailed in the AHA's blog.

For Nieman Lab, Heidi Tworek of the University of British Columbia and John Maxwell Hamilton of Louisiana State University discuss "Why the Golden Age of Newspapers Was the Exception Not the Rule."

Auburn University's Perspectives looks at Xaq Frohlich's class on "Food and Power," focusing on his research interests in the history of food regulation and food science and technology. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Digital Resource: Images of Early America and Westward Expansion from the Newberry

An announcement from the Newberry Library in Chicago:
Now anyone with an Internet connection can access over 200,000 high-resolution images from a range of primary sources—maps, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, photographs, and artwork—documenting Europeans’ evolving conception of the Americas, early contact between colonial forces and Indigenous peoples, the expanding boundaries of the United States, and the imaginary construction of “the West.” These images come from the Edward E. Ayer Collection, one of the strongest collections regarding American Indian history and culture in the world; and the Everett D. Graff Collection, a substantial aggregation of Western Americana that ranks among the most extensive in the country.
Of special interest to business historians is the large number of business directories, trade cards, receipts, account books, and merchant advertisements one can find among the items in the Graff Collection. The Ayer Collection holds fascinating items such as voyageur contracts, Indian deeds, ledgers, promissory notes, and fur trade company documents.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

EBHS Meeting Program Now Online

The Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) will hold its next annual meeting at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, from May 30 to June 2, 2018; the theme is "Early Modern Origins of Growth and Business." The preliminary program is now available on the meeting website; Deirdre McCloskey will give the opening keynote address.
    Online registration continues until May 7, 2018. For additional information about travel, lodging, meeting activities, and other details, please consult the EBHS Conference website.


Monday, April 30, 2018

CFP: Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History 2018

The Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History (APHES) has issued a call for papers for its next annual meeting, to be held at the University of Lisbon on November 16-17, 2018. The theme for the meeting will be gender in economic and social history. According to the call for papers:
Gender as an analytical tool has been increasingly used by historians in the last few decades in a wide range of domains. The aspects of social and economic history where the gender dimension is relevant are numerous: assessment of social functions, different patterns of insertion in the labour market, of wage levels, of access to property or wealth, of acquisition of human capital, or of participation in the life of firms are just a few examples. We invite scholars who wish to contribute to the debate on gender issues in economic and social history to present proposals for panels or individual papers. The submission of panel proposals and individual papers on any other topic in economic and social history is also welcome.
Paper proposals should include 4 keywords, an abstract (max. 500 words) indicating the topic, the aims, the theoretical approach and the empirical foundations; and a CV of no more than 400 words. Panel proposals should include the same information for each participant and paper; and should include three participants and a chair. Proposals and full texts should be sent to aphes38@gmail.com. The submission deadline is May 16, 2018.
    For more information, please see the call for papers on the APHES conference website.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Reminder: WEHC Early Registration Deadline Approaching

The 18th World Economic History Congress (WEHC) meets this year in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29-August 3. Early registration rates end on April 30 at midnight. The early standard rate is $325 and the early student rate is $125. Beginning May 1, rates will be $400 and $150, respectively. Online registration will close on July 15, 2018, after which registrants will need to pay a higher on-site rate.
     See www.wehc2018.org for more information on the program, plenary sessions, traveling to Boston, accommodations, and excursions.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fellowship Announcements from HBS

The Business History Group at Harvard Business School announces the following fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year:
  • The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative’s ongoing projects in other ways. Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 1, 2018. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters. The fellowship will be awarded and all applicants notified by mid-January. The Fellowship will begin July 1, 2019. Applications should be received no later than October 1 and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Please direct your recommenders to visit: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm
  • Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty. The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via email to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 15, 2018. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 15, 2018. The recipient will be announced by the beginning of December. 
  • The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research. Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 15, 2018. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 15, 2018. The recipient will be announced by the beginning of December. 
  • The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge. To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 5, 2018. All materials should be sent to Walter Friedman via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu.
For more information about all these fellowships, please visit the HBS Fellowships website: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx.

Monday, April 23, 2018

CFP and PDWs: Special Issue, Journal of Business Ethics, on “Historic Corporate Social Responsibility”

The guest editors of the Journal of Business Ethics special issue on "Historic Corporate Social Responsibility: Its Extent, Limits, and Consequences" will arrange paper development workshops at several upcoming conferences: Academy of Management (10-14 August in Chicago), International Association for Business & Society (7-10 June in Hong Kong), and European Business History Association (6-8 September in Ancona, Italy).
    During the workshops, authors will present and discuss their papers and receive feedback from discussants and peers. Attendance at these workshops is NOT a precondition for submission to the Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue. Confirmed discussants at the Academy of Management in Chicago include Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School), Gabrielle Durepos (Mount Saint Vincent University), Paul C. Godfrey (Brigham Young University), Stefan Hielscher (University of Bath), Michael Rowlinson (University of Exeter), Sébastien Mena (Cass Business School), and Roy R. Suddaby (University of Victoria and Newcastle University).
    Scholars interested in one of the workshops are asked to contact the guest editors according to requirements for each conference. Please see the following for the key dates and contact information.
  • IABS conference: Elevator pitch format. Interested authors might wish to contact Rob Phillips (rphillips@schulich.yorku.ca) prior to the conference.
  • AoM conference and EBHA conference: To be considered for a PDW at either AoM or EBHA, an abstract (no more than 2,000 words or 8 pages in all) should be submitted to the responsible guest editor (Judith Schrempf-Stirling judith.schrempf-stirling@unige.ch for AoM; Christian Stutz Christian.stutz@fh-hwz.ch for EBHA). The guest editors will then select promising abstracts and notify the authors. After acceptance, the authors are asked to submit a full paper (8,000-10,000 words).  
  • For the AoM, the deadline is May 15, 2018 (extended deadline), with submission of full paper by July 1, 2018. For the EBHA, the deadline is June 17, 2018, with submission of full paper by August 1, 2018. 
(The workshop proposal at the EBHA is currently under evaluation—to be confirmed.)
       Interested readers may also want to read the complete call for papers for this special issue.

Friday, April 20, 2018

BHC Prizes Awarded at 2018 Meeting

At the Business History Conference’s annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, April 5-7, 2018, officers announced the following recipients of BHC prizes and grants:

The Harold F. Williamson Prize is awarded every two years to a mid-career scholar who has made significant contributions to the field of business history.
2018 recipient: Edward J. Balleisen, Duke University 
The Hagley Prize is awarded jointly by the Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History
Conference to the best book in business history (broadly defined).
2018 recipient: Kenda Mutongi, Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi (University of Chicago Press, 2017). 
The Ralph Gomory Prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate.
2018 recipient: Edward J. Balleisen, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017). 
The Herman E. Krooss Prize recognizes the best dissertation in business history written in English and completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the annual meeting.
2018 recipient: Rachel Gross, “From Buckskin to Gore-Tex: Consumption as a Path to Mastery in Twentieth-Century American Wilderness Recreation” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017).
The Philip Scranton Best Article Prize recognizes the author of an article published in Enterprise & Society judged to be the best of those that have appeared in the volume previous to the year of the BHC annual meeting.
2018 recipients: David Higgins and Aashish Velkar, “’Spinning the yarn’: Institutions, law, and standards, c. 1880-1914,” Enterprise & Society 18 (3): 591-631.
Patricio Sáiz and Rafael Castro, “Foreign direct investment and intellectual property rights: International intangible assets in Spain over the long term,” Enterprise & Society 18 (4): 846-892.
The Mira Wilkins Prize, established in recognition of the path-breaking scholarship of Mira Wilkins, is awarded to the author of the best Enterprise & Society article pertaining to international and comparative business history published the volume previous to the year of the BHC annual meeting.
2018 recipient: Patricio Sáiz and Rafael Castro, “Foreign direct investment and intellectual property rights: International intangible assets in Spain over the long term,” Enterprise & Society 18 (4): 846-892. 
The K. Austin Kerr Prize recognizes the best first paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference by a new scholar (doctoral student or those within three years of receiving their Ph.D.). It honors K. Austin Kerr, longtime professor of history at the Ohio State University and former president of the Business History Conference. 
2018 Recipient: Joan V. Flores-Villalobos (New York University), “’Cash fe’ sen’ back home:’ Banks, Compensation, and Women’s Financial Exchanges in Panama and Barbados.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CFP: 2nd World Congress on Business History

The 2nd World Congress on Business History, in conjunction with the 24th Congress of the European Business History Association (EBHA), will meet at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, on September 10-12, 2020. The theme will be “Business History in a Changing World.” The call for papers states:
Reflecting the ever-changing world of business, the discipline of Business History has been far from static. In recent decades there has been a dramatic diversification in both research topics and methods following on from the now classic works of Chandler et al. The emergence of research relating to alternative historical approaches and organizational science, and those which incorporate quantitative methods and/or embraces the “cultural turn”; the institutionalization of Business History research with the establishment of academic societies and academic journals; the internationalization of the field, etc., are all encouraging trends in the evidence of a vibrant research field. The program committee thus welcomes papers/panels from postgraduate, early career and established scholars on a wide-range of topics and various dimensions of “Business History in a Changing World.”
For a much fuller discussion of possible topics and other information, please see the complete call for papers.
     The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2020. Those interested in submitting proposals should use the Congress upload platform at http://ebha.org/public/C10.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Position Announcement: Editor for the BHC's “Exchange” Blog

ABOUT THE POSITION The Blog Editor will compile information and announcements of interest to the business history community and post them to The Exchange approximately three times a week. The Exchange features calls for papers, conference announcements, grant listings, award winners, and links to blog posts elsewhere on the web of particular interest to business and economic historians. The new editor may wish to continue regular features of the Exchange such as Over the Counter, a compilation of links and short news items about business and economic history and historians; New Books of Interest; and Business Historians in the News, but is invited to shape the blog in new ways. The position will require approximately ten hours of work per month and includes a modest honorarium.

ABOUT THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The ideal candidate is someone with broad interests in business
and economic history and related fields and should possess strong online, administrative, and organizational skills. The new Blog Editor must be available to start a training period guided by Pat Denault, the retiring editor, during fall 2018. The position will begin January 1, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter that outlines your interest and aptitude for the position together with a CV to Shennette Garrett-Scott, Chair, Electronic Media Oversight Committee, at smgscott@olemiss.edu by May 15, 2018. If you have questions, contact either Shennette at the above email address or Andrew Popp, BHC Secretary-Treasurer, at andrew.popp@liverpool.ac.uk.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Deadline Extended: EBHA Dissertation Prize

During the 22nd Annual Congress of European Business History Association, which will take place on September 6-8, 2018, in Ancona, Italy, the EBHA will award a prize for the best dissertation in business history submitted to a European university in the previous two years. The submission deadline has been extended to April 30, 2018.
     Note that eligible dissertations do not have to be in English, but may be in any European language; as a European association, the EBHA values cultural and linguistic diversity.
     Three finalists will be selected from the dissertations submitted for consideration, and the authors will be required to give a presentation based on their dissertations at a plenary session at the EBHA congress in Ancona. All three finalists will receive a certificate that they have been among the short-listed candidates and will be eligible for reimbursement of part of their travel costs.
      All candidates wishing to enter the prize competition must attach a 1-2 page summary of their dissertation to the application along with a printed copy of the dissertation itself. The candidate must document that the thesis has been accepted. For full entry procedures, please see the relevant section of the EBHA meeting website.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CFP: Business History Conference 2019, Cartagena

The 2019 annual meeting of the Business History Conference will be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on March 14–16. The theme of the meeting will be “Globalization and De-Globalization: Shifts of Power and Wealth.” The recent phenomena of the spread of populist and economic nationalist regimes throughout North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere taking positions against the major trading blocks and the free movement of people and goods make the topic of this conference very timely. The conference aims to concentrate on business history research agendas that enable a nuanced understanding of the phenomena of globalization and de-globalization.

The conference theme encourages contributions from a variety of approaches to business history research, covering a broad range of geographies and periods. The program committee of Marcelo Bucheli (co-chair), Andrea Lluch (co-chair), Takafumi Kurosawa, Espen Storli, Laura Sawyer, and Teresa da Silva Lopes (BHC president) invites paper proposals addressing the following topics, but not limited to:
  • the contribution of firms and the entrepreneurs to globalization and de-globalization
  • the role and responsibility of business in shifts of power, wealth and inequality
  • the rise of emerging markets and the globalization of firms from those markets
  • globalization and environmental and social sustainability
  • business and gender during waves of globalization and de-globalization
  • risk management during globalization waves 
While we encourage proposals to take up this theme, papers addressing all other topics will receive equal consideration by the program committee in accordance with BHC policy. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or for entire panels. Each proposal should include a one-page abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV) for each participant. Panel proposals should have a cover letter containing a title, a one-paragraph panel description, and suggestions for a chair and commentator, with contact information for the panel organizer. To submit a proposal go to http://www.thebhc.org/2019-bhc-meeting  and click on the link Submit a Paper/Panel Proposal. 

All sessions will take place at the Hilton Hotel Cartagena. Rooms (all suites) are $169/night single and $189/double occupancy (plus tax) and include a full breakfast. General questions regarding the BHC’s 2019 annual meeting may be sent to conference coordinator Roger Horowitz, rh@udel.edu.

The K. Austin Kerr Prize will be awarded for the best first paper delivered by a new scholar at the annual meeting. A “new scholar” is defined as a doctoral candidate or a Ph. D. whose degree is less than three years old. You must nominate your paper for this prize on the proposal submission page where indicated. Please check the appropriate box if your proposal qualifies for inclusion in the Kerr Prize competition.

The deadline for receipt of all paper and panel proposals is October 1, 2018.

The BHC awards the Herman E. Krooss Prize for the best English-language dissertation in business history by a recent Ph.D. in history, economics, business administration, the history of science and technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields. To be eligible, dissertations must be completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the 2019 annual meeting, and may only be submitted once for the Krooss prize. After the Krooss committee has reviewed the proposals, it will ask semi-finalists to submit copies of their dissertations. Finalists will present summaries of their dissertations at a plenary session and will receive a partial subsidy of their travel costs to the meeting. Proposals accepted for the Krooss Prize are not eligible for the Kerr Prize. If you wish to apply for this prize please send a cover letter indicating you are applying for the Krooss prize along with a one-page CV and one-page (300 word) dissertation abstract via email to BHC@Hagley.org. The deadline for proposals for the Krooss prize is 1 October 2018.

The 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 Cartagena on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14. 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. Topics (see link for past examples) 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 are due by November 1, 2018, via email to BHC@Hagley.org and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, eballeis@duke.edu. All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting.

On the March 14, 2019, there will be a special workshop on ‘Latin American Business in a Global and Historical Perspective’ which will be in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and aims to attract papers by academics who prefer to present their research in their native languages. The deadline for submissions is October 1,  2018. For more details about the workshop and the submission process, contact Joaquin Viloria De la Hoz (Banco de la República / Central Bank of Colombia) at: jvilorde@banrep.gov.co.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Post-Doctoral Position in Entrepreneurial History at USC

The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, seeks applicants for a postdoctoral scholar interested in entrepreneurial history. The postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Professors Noam Wasserman and Christina Lubinski of the Greif Center and in conjunction with Professor Dan Wadhwani of the University of the Pacific. Professor Wasserman is the founding director of the Greif Center’s Founder Central initiative and Professor Lubinski leads its entrepreneurial-history activities. Founder Central’s new course on Entrepreneurial History will debut in the Spring of 2019. The position is for one year, with the potential of extending this to two years.
 
In addition to research, the postdoc will teach one entrepreneurship or general business course per year if qualified, and will receive mentoring in this teaching role. The Greif Center is among the nation's leaders in entrepreneurship education and research. Its faculty includes a diverse mix of researchers and practitioners.
 
Requirements: Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or expect to complete the Ph.D. by September 2018) in history or should have engaged in historically oriented work in a related discipline (e.g., management, sociology, anthropology, law, economics). Candidates should be interested in historical perspectives on entrepreneurship and its role in socio-economic change. Experience with archival and primary source research is preferred. You will be expected to participate in at least one existing research project while also having time to continue developing your own research.
 
Qualified candidates should email the following documents to entrepreneur@marshall.usc.edu:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae, specifying research, teaching, and work experience
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
Timing: Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to start September 2018, although the start date is flexible. For questions about the position, please contact Christina Lubinski (cl.mpp@cbs.dk) or Noam Wasserman (nwasserm@marshall.usc.edu).

For more information about the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, please go to: http://www.marshall.usc.edu. USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New and Forthcoming Books of Interest: Pre-Meeting Edition

New and forthcoming, April and May 2018 (plus a few we missed from March):
Cornelia Aust, The Jewish Economic Elite: Making Modern Europe (Indiana University Press, February 2018)

Gavin Benke, Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2018)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Véronique Pouillard, eds., European Fashion: The Creation of a Global Industry (Manchester University Press, March 2018)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Ben Wubs, eds., The Fashion Forecasters: A Hidden History of Color and Trend Prediction (Bloomsbury, March 2018)

John R. Bockstoce, White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic: The Fur Trade, Transportation, and Change in the Early Twentieth Century (Yale University Press, March 2018)

Chris Briggs and Jaco Zuijderduijn, eds., Land and Credit: Mortgages in the Medieval and Early Modern European Countryside (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2018)

Richard Lyman Bushman, The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History (Yale University Press, May 2018)

John Butman and Simon Targett, New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers (Little, Brown, March 2018)

Rachel Corr, Interwoven: Andean Lives in Colonial Ecuador's Textile Economy (University of Arizona Press, April 2018)

Joan DeJean, The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis ( Bloomsbury, May 2018)

Joe Dobrow, Pioneers of Promotion: How Press Agents for Buffalo Bill, P. T. Barnum, and the World’s Columbian Exposition Created Modern Marketing (University of Oklahoma Press, May 2018)

Steve Fraser, Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion (Yale University Press, March 2018)

C. Donald Johnson, The Wealth of a Nation: The History of Trade Politics in America (Oxford University Press, May 2018)

Wim Klooster and Gert Oostindie, Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (Cornell University Press, May 2018)

Christopher Kobrak and Joe Martin, From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance (University of Toronto Press, March 2018)

J. G. Manning, The Open Sea: The Economic Life of the Ancient Mediterranean World from the Iron Age to the Rise of Rome (Princeton University Press, April 2018)

Nathan Marcus, Austrian Reconstruction and the Collapse of Global Finance, 1921-1931 (Harvard University Press, April 2018)

James W. Martin, Banana Cowboys: The United Fruit Company and the Culture of Corporate Colonialism (University of New Mexico Press, May 2018)

Rupali Mishra, A Business of State: Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India Company (Harvard University Press, May 2018)

C. Roger Pellett, Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company {Wayne State University Press, May 2018)

Amanda Porterfield, Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation (Oxford University Press, April 2018)

Anne Reinhardt, Navigating Semi-Colonialism: Shipping, Sovereignty, and Nation-Building in China, 1860–1937 (Harvard University Press [Harvard East Asian Monographs], April 2018)

Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past (Rutgers University Press, April 2018)

Priya Satia, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (Penguin Randomhouse, April 2018)

James Schwoch, Wired into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier (University of Illinois Press, April 2018)

Cesare Silla, The Rise of Consumer Capitalism in America, 1880-1930 (Routledge, April 2018)

Richard Sylla and David J. Cowan, Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt (Columbia University Press, March 2018)

Molly A. Warsh, American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700 (University of North Carolina Press, April 2018)

Monday, April 2, 2018

CFP: AAHANZBS 2018

The Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) will hold its 10th annual conference on November 6-7, 2018, at the University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia, hosted by the Business and Labour History Group there. Interested scholars are invited to submit papers addressing the conference theme, "Frontiers of Historical Research." According to the call for papers, the organizers are interested in
papers relating to accounting history, business history, economic history, labour history, management history, marketing history, tourism history, transport history and other areas of interest relating to historical research in business schools. We also invite papers/panel suggestions around teaching and pedagogy relating to business and labour history. We welcome papers from researchers outside business schools who have an interest in those fields. 
A 1,000-word abstract or a 6,000-word maximum paper is due by June 15, 2018.
     There is also a separate call for papers on the use of interdisciplinary approaches and history as a way to understand contemporary business issues. Papers accepted in response to this call will comprise a special session of the conference, with these papers also considered for inclusion (subject to normal refereeing) in a special issue of Accounting History Review. Submissions from scholars in all business disciplines are being encouraged for this session. These papers have an earlier deadline (April 30, 2018) and have different criteria for selection.
     Please contact Greg Patmore at greg.patmore@sydney.edu.au or Mark Westcott at mark.westcott@sydney.edu.au with any questions. For full details for both calls, please consult the AAHANZBS website.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Digital Resources: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR at the Newberry and CARLI

The Newberry Library in Chicago has announced a major revision to its policy regarding the re-use of collection images: "images derived from collection items are now available to anyone for any lawful purpose, whether commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission fees to the library." (Note, however, that "users remain responsible for determining whether material is in the public domain, whether it is protected by copyright law or other restrictions, or whether a particular activity constitutes fair use.")
     This news should encourage researchers to explore the 1.7 million high-resolution Newberry images currently available online.  One place to start is the digital exhibit, "CB&Q: Building an Empire." Additional CB&Q materials are available at the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) site, where one will find "Daily Life along the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad," based on materials from the Newberry. Even more images can be found by searching the whole CARLI collection by topic--for example, "Technology and Industry."

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CFP (Book): “Buying and Selling the Civil War”

Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University and James Marten of Marquette University have issued a call for proposals for essays for an anthology with the working title “Buying and Selling the Civil War.” Each essay will provide a case study of a product, experience, or idea related to remembrance of the war; of products acknowledging the outcomes of the war; or of products marketed specifically to Americans who participated in the war (veterans, for instance, or widows). According to the editors:
Authors will be asked to identify not only the products being marketed and consumed, but also the meaning of those products: How did sellers “pitch” their products, and what did buyers believe they were buying? Among the possibilities are status and recognition in their communities; a sense of redemption for war-time failures; ways to connect family histories to national history; forms of investment in the future; ways to recover from war-time traumas; hopes of making a political statement. 
Although the time period to be covered is generally the Gilded Age, the editors will consider a broader time period. Essays will be limited to 6,000 words (before notes). Authors will be encouraged to provide one or two illustrations for each essay.
     Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a brief CV and should be sent to james.marten@marquette.edu no later than May 15, 2018. First drafts of selected essays will be due in early 2019. Please direct queries to cjanney@purdue.edu or james.marten@marquette.edu.
    For more details, please see the full call for proposals.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Online Resource: Digital Hagley

The Hagley Digital Archives site contains an enormous amount of curated material on a wide variety of topics. From the American Brewer trade journal, to "History of Kevlar" oral history interviews, to "Photographs and ephemera on the history of fatty materials," to Lukens Steel Company photographs, to U.S. Chamber of Commerce videos, holdings spread across the field of business history and encompass all media types. In many cases, not all of the materials in a collection have been digitized, but the user is provided with links to descriptions of the full collection, and, if one exists. to a finding aid. Within finding aids, digitized materials are linked back to the Digital Archives.
    In addition to the materials organized at Hagley Digital Archives, the Library has developed many focused web exhibits based on its holdings; a list can be found here.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Digital Resource: DPLA Exhibit on the Erie Canal

Detail from "View on the Erie Canal" (1830-32) by John William Hill. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.
The Digital Public Library has recently released a new exhibit, "Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal." Curated by Heidi Ziemer and Dan Ward of the Western New York Library Resources Council, in partnership with the Empire State Digital Network, the web exhibit offers commentary by the curators as well as illustrations of the site's themes, which include construction, commerce, culture, and several more.
    Readers looking for more information might like to visit the "Erie Canal" site maintained by Frank E. Sadowski, Jr.; he has collected a massive amount of useful material--maps, images, documents, and links to other sites.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Digital Resource: New York Slavery Records

On February 1, 2018, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice released the New York Slavery Records Index, an online database containing more than 35,000 records. The database is a searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and their owners, beginning as early as 1525 and ending during the Civil War. The data come from census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents, and many other sources. The index will continue to grow as the team of John Jay College professors and students locates and assembles data from additional sources.
    The site is accompanied by several essays, as well as a video introduction that explains the compilation and uses of the database; there are also detailed search instructions and explanations of the tags and data sources. The faculty co-directors of the project are Judy-Lynne Peters and Ned Benton.

Monday, March 19, 2018

CFP: African Economic History Network Annual Meeting

The African Economic History Network (AEHN) will hold its next annual meeting at the University of Bologna, Italy, on October 12-13, 2018. The theme of the meeting will be "Transitions in African Economic History." Papers on all aspects of African economic history are welcome, but preference will be given to those that pertain to the conference theme. Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to aehn2018@unibo.it no later than May 15, 2018.
    A small number of grants will be available for graduate students and faculty from Africa; those submitting proposals who would like to be considered should indicate that in their submission.



Friday, March 16, 2018

Historical GIS: Urban Transition Project

The Urban Transition Historical GIS Project uses historical census data to document the state of U.S. cities from the end of the nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. The site explains that "These were the decades of America’s urban transition, fed by rapid growth of industry and large-scale immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe that was directed primarily into cities. In 1880 nearly half of total employment was in agriculture, but this share dropped to about 25% by 1920, and by this time about half of the population lived in urban areas." Using the North American Population Project's 100% digital transcription of records from the 1880 Census, the "Urban Transitions" project has developed several additional resources to make possible analysis of social patterns at the level of individuals and households while also taking into account information about their communities.
    Although the site is technical, both in the descriptions of data sources and in the GIS tools used, anyone can use the web-based interactive map for 1880, for which a brief user guide is supplied.
     The ongoing project is directed by John Logan, professor of sociology at Brown University.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Over the Counter: Issue No. 39

Some notes on items of interest from around the Web:
JSTOR Daily is a site that presents short essays on topics derived from journal articles in its database. Some recent examples relevant to business historians:
"How Consumerism Sold Democracy to Postwar Germany"
"How 17th-Century Unmarried Women Helped Shape Capitalism"
"Madeira, the Island That Helped Invent Capitalism"
"Sex and the Supermarket"

Diana Heredia López’s exhibit using the Florentine Codex, "Of Merchants and Nature," focuses on Nahua agave, cotton, figs, and gourds and the fabrics and containers they engendered,

The History Channel cites George Robb's Ladies of the Ticker (University of Illinois Press, 2017) in a brief article titled "Decades Before They Had the Vote, Women Launched Their Own Stock Exchange" 

Unhappy news for business historians in the wake of last fall's Santa Rosa fires: More than 100 boxes of writings, correspondence, speeches and other items of William Hewlett and David Packard were completely lost when the building that contained them burned to the ground at Keysight Technologies. Keysight traces its roots to HP and acquired the archives in 2014 when its business was split from Agilent Technologies.

Sexing History is a podcast exploring how the history of sexuality shapes our present; it is co-hosted by Gillian Frank and Lauren Gutterman with production and editing by Rebecca Davis. Several episodes deal with the history of sexuality in business situations, including one on flight attendants and another on the Mark Eden "bust developer" business.

"Before Economics" is a podcast series about the history of political economy. The host is Ryan Walter, senior lecturer in political economy at the University of Queensland. The index of podcasts to date is here.

The National Railway Museum in York, UK, has a web exhibit on the history of railway safety since 1913. The material is based on the research of Mike Esbester, who writes about how he grew interested in the topic on the museum's blog.

The full conference on "The Rise of the Newspaper in Europe and America, 1600-1900," held at the Huntington Library last October, is available as a podcast on Soundcloud. (The print program is available here.)

Shane Hamilton has an essay on "Why Supermarket Power Matters" on the "Processed Foods" blog.

Roger Horowitz is the 2018 recipient of the Pogue Award from OHMAR (Oral History n the Mid-Atlantic Region) for his "outstanding and continuing contributions to oral history."

The "Merchant Fleet of Late Medieval and Tudor England, 1400-1580" database contains the details of English, Welsh, and Channel Islands merchant ships, and the voyages they undertook, between 1400 and 1580. The database was compiled using evidence from customs accounts, naval records, and ship surveys.

George Mason University has made available the program for the recent conference celebrating "The Life and Legacy of Douglass North."

Interesting website (in French): "Des Femmes qui Comptent" (About Women Who Count). This is a blog (and accompanying Twitter and Facebook accounts), done in partnership with BNP Paribas, that explores the history of women's working lives and rights through documents and testimony of those in the banking and financial sector.

At the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, a "Map of of the original grants of village lots from the Dutch West India Company to the inhabitants of New-Amsterdam." This cadastral map shows property lots with dimensions, names of owners, and year of grant (1642-1658).

From Vincent Geloso at the libertarian blog "Notes on Liberty," a list (with commentary) of "The Best Economic History Papers of 2017."

The History of Finance Network aims to "facilitate an international and interdisciplinary exchange on financial history and the culture of finance." It posts news of scholarship, conferences, and other materials of interest to the community; it is currently looking for folks willing to write for its blog.

The New York Public Library has recently digitized the letterbooks of Collin MacGregor, a Scottish New York City merchant acting on behalf of Loyalist or British businessmen in Nova Scotia, Great Britain, and elsewhere in the late eighteenth century. Digital files are linked here.

Benjamin Waterhouse published an article on "Business and Protest Culture, 1960s-1980s" in the Spring 2017 issue of Financial History, the magazine of the Museum of American Finance.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Three Journal CFP: Business History

The journal Business History is planning a number of special issues; there are currently three calls for manuscript submissions:

1. Bank-Industry versus Stock Market-Industry Relationships: A Business History Approach (submission deadline: March 31, 2018) Guest editors are José L. García-Ruiz and Michelangelo Vasta. The articles initially selected for this special issue will be presented in a workshop that will take place in Madrid in June 2018; the final selection of papers will be the result of this workshop.

2. Business-Government relations and national economic models: how do varieties of capitalism emerge and develop over time? (submission deadline: April 30, 2018) The guest editors are Niall MacKenzie, Andrew Perchard, Neil Forbes, and Christopher Miller.

3. Noblemen-Entrepreneurs in the Nineteenth Century: Investments, Innovation, Management and Networks (submission deadline: May 31, 2018) The guest editors are Silvia A. Conca Messina and Takeshi Abe.

Each of these calls (linked above) includes a full explanation, pertinent bibliography, and submission instructions. Readers can find the overall editorial rationale for special issues here.



Friday, March 9, 2018

CFP: Business History Society of Japan 2018


The 54th Congress of the Business History Society of Japan (BHSJ) will be held in Kyoto on September 29-30, 2018. The theme of the meeting will be "Merging Methods and Approaches: History, Social Science and Business Historians." To further enhance international exchange, the BHSJ organizes English sessions every two years, which will take place concurrently with the regularly scheduled Japanese sessions at the annual meeting. According to the call for papers:
In Japan, business history was institutionalized at faculties of social science, and so the use of social scientific concepts and inquiries became an essential element of the discipline, fostering a rich tradition of detailed empirical studies in business and industrial history. However, in recent decades, as a result of the institutionalization of business history as its own discipline, the dialog with social scientists has subsided somewhat. The 2018 international session offers the opportunity to consider the current use of methods and approaches that are applied in our discipline across the globe, and to contemplate the future prospects and direction of our field. By bringing together the latest research on various topics within business history we hope to generate a fruitful discussion on the significance and limitations of social scientific methodologies and concepts.
      The BHSJ welcomes papers on a range of topics, geographical regions, and time periods; both individual papers and full panel proposals are solicited. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018. Please consult the meeting website for additional information. Please direct any inquiries to BHSJ2018@econ.kyoto-u.ac.jp. When posted, the conference website will be http://bhs.ssoj.info/bhsj/eng/top2018.html.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winter Edition: Business Historians in the News

Links to business and economic historians in the news:
The PBS "American Experience" episode on the Gilded Age features many scholars from the business history community: among others, Steve Fraser, Susie Pak, Richard John, Julia Ott, Noam Maggor, and Richard White. For the transcript of historians' commentary, see here.

A Boston Review forum titled "To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice" features an essay by Walter Johnson and several responses from a number of historians, including Caitlin Rosenthal, who asks "How does the history of slavery look if we make more use of the language of capitalism?" The entire forum is open access.

In a recent essay for the "Humanities Moments" blog of the National Humanities Center, Edward J. Balleisen writes about "Story-Making and the Fault Lines of American Capitalism."

In a contribution to Bloomberg View, Stephen Mihm discusses toll roads: "Privatizing Roads Was a Great Idea. Not Anymore."

For the Washington Post's "Made by History" series, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer considers "The Toxic Practice Fueling the Fierce Competition over Amazon's Headquarters." [Note: these essays are behind a paywall, but the list of essays in the series is open.]

And in another Washington Post entry, Benjamin Waterhouse has just published a review of Adam Winkler's We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Norton, 2018).

On the "History of Knowledge" blog, Josh Lauer writes about "Economic Personae: The Making of Financial Identity in America."

In a post on The Atlantic website, Joshua Clark Davis looks at "The FBI's War on Black-Owned Bookstores."

Also on The Atlantic site, "How 'Citizen Housewives' Made Food Cheaper and Safer," an interview with Emily Twarog, author of Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Commemorating Alexander Hamilton's birthday at the Museum of American Finance, Richard Sylla discusses "Alexander Hamilton and Fiscal Responsibility" on C-Span.

"The Hemmings Daily" (a classic car blog) excerpted a section of Katherine Parkin's Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). The book won the Popular Culture Association's Emily Toth Award for the best single work in Women's Studies in 2017.

An "Atlas Obscura" article on "Finding the Unexpected Wonder in More Than 22,000 International Standards" quotes Craig Murphy, who adds information from his and Joanne Yates' The International Organization for Standardization (ISO): Global Governance Through Voluntary Consensus (Routledge, 2009) and their ongoing research.

Last fall, Louis Hyman spoke to policymakers in Washington, D.C., in a briefing sponsored by the National History Center. The session focused on "how technological innovation is transforming work, and how insights from the past inform responses to the 21st-century wave of automation." The briefing is now available on C-Span.

Monday, March 5, 2018

CFP: Hagley Conference: “Seeing Like a Capitalist”

A call for proposals has been issued for “Seeing Like a Capitalist: Histories of Commercial Surveillance,” a conference sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society to be held on November 8–9, 2018, at the Hagley Museum and Library. According to the convenors:
we invite proposals that explore the history of commercial surveillance in the United States, from settlement to the present. These (non-state) surveillance activities might be found in a variety of business settings and industries, involve a range of formal or informal practices, and might be directed at customers, media audiences, borrowers, consumer markets, employees, or labor. The long history of commercial surveillance serves to illuminate the precursors, continuities, and logic of today’s “surveillance capitalism.”
The conference was initiated by Josh Lauer (University of New Hampshire), and he is joined on the program committee by Roger Horowitz (Hagley Museum and Library) and Ken Lipartito (Florida International University). Proposals of no more than 500 words and a one-page CV should be submitted to Carol Lockman at clockman@hagley.org by May 1, 2018.
      Sarah E. Igo (Vanderbilt University) will open the conference with a keynote address on the evening of November 8. She will discuss her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, to be published by Harvard University Press in May 2018.
     For more details, please see the complete call for proposals.


Friday, March 2, 2018

New Books of Interest: Winter 2018 Edition

A listing of books of interest to business and economic historians, published in January and February  2018 (plus a few earlier titles we missed):
Alexander Charles Baillie, Call of Empire: From the Highlands to Hindustan (McGill-Queen's University Press, November 2017)

Sven Beckert and Christine Desan, eds., American Capitalism: New Histories  (Columbia University Press, 2018)

Gillian Cookson, The Age of Machinery: Engineering the Industrial Revolution (Boydell and Brewer,  February 2018) [straight to paper]

William Deringer, Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age (Harvard University Press, February 2018)

Robert Hunt Ferguson, Remaking the Rural South: Interracialism, Christian Socialism, and Cooperative Farming in Jim Crow Mississippi (University of Georgia Press, January 2018)

Margot Finn and Kate Smith, eds., The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 (University College London Press, February 2018)

Joshua B. Freeman, Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World (W. W. Norton, February 2018)

Allan Greer, Property and DispossessionNatives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America (Cambridge University Press, January 2018)

Per H. Hansen, Danish Modern Furniture, 1930-2016: The Rise, Decline and Re-emergence of a Cultural Market Category (University Press of Southern Denmark, February 2018)

Gerard Helferich, Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Improbable Partnership That Remade American Business (Rowman & Littlefield [Lyons Press], January 2018)

Thomas K. McCraw and William R. Childs, American Business since 1920: How It Worked, 3rd ed. (Wiley, November 2017)

Dana E. Powell, Landscapes of Power: Politics of Energy in the Navajo Nation (Duke University Press, January 2018)

Jonathan Rees, Before the Refrigerator: How We Used to Get Ice (Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2018)

Susan Rose, The Wealth of England: The Medieval Wool Trade and Its Political Importance, 1100–1600 (Oxbow Books, February 2018)

William T. Rowe, Speaking of Profit: Bao Shichen and Reform in Nineteenth-Century China (Harvard University Press, January 2018)

Shomari Wills, Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires (Harper Collins [Amistad], January 2018)

Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (W. W. Norton, February 2018)