Monday, January 29, 2018

Over the Counter: Issue No. 38

A listing of short items of interest from around the web:
On OSU's "Origins" blog, Bill Childs writes about "How Public and Private Enterprise Have Built American Infrastructure"

The first winner of the Kobrak Fellowship, named in honour of the late Professor Christopher Kobrak, co-founder of the CBHA/ACHA and past Wilson/Currie Chair in Canadian Business and Financial History at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, is Stefano Tijerina of the University of Maine. He will use the award to study Canadian financial institutions in Latin America.

In other prize news, the 2017 Wadsworth Prize, presented by the Business Archives Council, has been awarded to Hermione Giffard for her book, Making Jet Engines in World War II: Britain, Germany, and the United States (University of Chicago Press).

We are saddened to report that well-known environmental and political historian Samuel P. Hays (University of Pittsburgh, emeritus) died on November 22, 2017, at the age of 92.

A fall program we missed from the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH): "Money in Africa: Monetary and Financial Decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century," held in Lisbon last October.

A blog of interest to researchers from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): "Twelve Key," edited by Claire Kluskens, a senior reference and projects archivist at NARA. See, for example, "Butter Makers and More: The 1929 Census of Manufacturers."

Charles Baillie, author of Call of Empire: From the Highlands to Hindustan (McGill-Queens University Press, 2017), talks about his work on the East India Company at the Canadian Business History Association on YouTube.
     Also on YouTube, Heidi Tworek talks about her work in developing "The History Lab" course, in which students work on a digital project with faculty members.

The December 2017 issue of the American Historical Review contains a forum called "Follow the Money: Banking and Finances in the Modern World." (A personal or institutional subscription is required for full-text access.)

And a recent issue of the New Statesman online features an article by D'Maris Coffman on "How Bitcoin Resembles the South Sea Bubble."

Dael A. Norwood contributed a post to the Omohundro Institute blog, "Uncommon Sense," titled "Global Trade and Revolution: The Politics of Americans' Commerce with China."

Regina Lee Blaszczyk discusses her new book, Fashionability: Abraham Moon and the Creation of British Cloth for the Global Market (Oxford University Press) in the Yorkshire Post. She also writes about facets of her research in a series of six blog posts for the Manchester University Press.

At "Process," the blog for the Organization of American Historians, high school teacher Mary Anne Christy writes about "Teaching the History of Capitalism in the High School Classroom."

Benjamin C. Waterhouse wrote an essay on "The Small Business Myth" for the online journal Aeon.

From her position as a Prize Fellow at the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, Paige Glotzer launched a website as part of the Center's "Visualizing Historical Networks" project. Her work, foreshadowing her forthcoming book, is entitled "Building Suburban Power: The Business of Exclusionary Housing Markets, 1890-1950."