Friday, September 28, 2018

CFP: ABH 2019

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) will hold its next annual meeting at Sheffield Hallam University on July 4-6, 2019; the theme of the conference will be "Business Transformation in an Uncertain World." According to the call for papers,
Businesses have always operated in a shifting and uncertain environment. Such uncertainty has stemmed from a variety of factors including the surprising behaviour of rivals, the advent of new and sometimes disruptive technologies (such as steam power or electricity), changes in consumer tastes, the tightening or relaxation of regulation, macroeconomic disturbances (such as depressions), natural and industrial disasters, national-ization, political crises and war. The conference seeks to explore how businesses (and business organizations) in the past charted their way through an uncertain world, whether reactively or creatively through reorganization and the development of new strategies to secure an advantage. Failure may be as interesting as success.
For more details about the conference theme and other conference activities, please see the call for papers; deadlines will be announced later this fall.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Book Reviews of Interest, Summer 2018 Edition

Reviews of interest, mostly ungated, published over the summer:
Edward Balleisen, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoffreviewed by Cristie Ford for Jotwell.

Hartmut Berghoff, Jan L. Logemann, and Felix Römer, eds., The Consumer on the Home Front: Second World War Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspectivereviewed by Manuel Schramm for H-German.

Fahad Ahmad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950reviewed by Johan Mathew for H-IslamInAfrica.

Trevor Burnard and John Garrigus, The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and British Jamaica, and Paul Cheney, Cul-de-Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue, jointly reviewed by Andy Cabot for Books and Ideas.

William J. Collins and Robert A. Margo, eds., Enterprising America: Businesses, Banks, and Credit Markets in Historical Perspective, reviewed by Lee A. Craig for EH.Net.

Joshua Clark Davis, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneursreviewed by Jan Logemann for H-Soz-u-Kult. [in German]

David Edgerton, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth Century Historyreviewed by David Goodhart for the Evening Standard, and reviewed by Colin Kidd for the New Statesman.

Marc Flandreau, Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Sciencereviewed by Emily Buchnea for the Canadian Business History Association. And we've missed these in the past, so readers might want to check out the cumulative list, here.

Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance, reviewed by Aditi Bagchi for Jotwell.

David Kynaston, Till Time's Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England, 1694-2013, reviewed by James Buchan for the New York Review of Books.

Mary A. O’Sullivan, Dividends of Development: Securities Markets in the History of U.S. Capitalism, 1866-1922, reviewed by Jon Moen for EH.Net.

Kim Phillips-Fein, Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politicsreviewed by Reuel Schiller for Jotwell.

Simon Partner, The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japanreviewed by Simon Bytheway for H-Japan.

Eric Rauchway, The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace, reviewed by Andrew Baker for H-War.

Joshua Schreier, The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empirereviewed by Jonathan G. Katz for H-Judaic.
Adam Tooze, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the Worldreviewed by Fareed Zakaria for the New York Times.

James Walvin, Sugar: The World Corrupted, from Slavery to Obesityreviewed by Sven Beckert for the New York Times.

Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rightsreviewed by David Cole for The Nation.

Christian Wolmar, Railways and the Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed Indiareviewed by Aparajita Mukhopadhyay for Reviews in History.

Robert E. Wright, The Poverty of Slavery: How Unfree Labor Pollutes the Economyreviewed by Vincent Geloso for EH.Net.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Final Call: BHC 2019 Meeting, Cartagena


A final reminder that the deadline for all paper and panel proposals for the 2019 annual meeting of the Business History Conference is October 1, 2018. The theme of the meeting, which will be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on March 14–16, 2019, is “Globalization and De-Globalization: Shifts of Power and Wealth.” According to the organizers, 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.” For much more, including suggested topics, submission procedures, and information about the Kerr and Krooss prizes and the Doctoral Colloquium, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Deadline Approaching: APHES Registration

The Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History (APHES) will hold its next annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 16-17. The theme will be "Gender in Economic and Social History." The keynote address will be delivered by Jane Humphries, emeritus professor of economic history at the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College.

    Online registration for the meeting is now open: early bird registration concludes September 30; online registration closes on October 15. All registrants must be members of the APHES. When available, the full program will be accessible here.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hagley 2018 Fall Conference: Schedule Available

The 2018 fall conference, sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library, will take place on November 8-9.  The topic, "Seeing Like a Capitalist: Histories of Commercial Surveillance in America," will examine the "non-state surveillance activities that 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 program has now been posted on the Hagley website.
    Sarah E. Igo (Vanderbilt University) will open the conference with a keynote address on Thursday, evening, November 8, in which she will discuss her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (Harvard University Press, May 2018). Conference panels will take place throughout the day on Friday, November 9.    
      There is no fee, but attendees must register in advance. Please contact Carol Lockman if you would like to attend, and see the full conference announcement on the Hagley website.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Over the Counter: No. 43

News of interest from around the web:
From H-Soz-u-Kult, a summary [in English] of the presentations at a workshop, "Business and the Law: Perspectives on Legal Change," held at the University of Bayreuth in June.

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library has announced that the 2018–2019 Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library Fellow in Business and Politics will be A. J. Murphy, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University.

An interesting blog maintained by Irwin Collier: "Economics in the Rear-View Mirror: Archival Artifacts from the History of Economics."

Stephen Mihm of the University of Georgia has been awarded a grant of $60,000 under the NEH's Public Scholar Program for a book project entitled "Industrial and Technical Standards in Modern Life: A History," on the history, from the late eighteenth century to the present, of the industrial and technical standards that enable modern life.

Mihm also writes occasional pieces for Bloomberg Opinion; his latest is "As an Economic Forecaster, Copper Fails Miserably."

The 16th annual St. Louis Fed Professors Conference will meet this year on November 1-2; speakers include Martha Olney and Lisa Cook.

The Institute of Historical Research held a conference last winter focused on "Home: New Histories of Living"; the program, with abstracts, remains available online.

Two useful digital directories from the American Historical Association are back online: the Directory of History Dissertations and the Directory of History Departments and Institutions.

Tirthankar Roy participated in a video interview about his book on the East India Company for Bloomberg Quint.

Caitlin Rosenthal wrote an opinion piece for Time on "How the History of Slavery in America Offers an Important Labor Day Lesson."

Sad to report that Ferry de Goey (1959-2018) of Erasmus University passed away on July 22; a remembrance can be found here.

The first volume (2018) of Current Research in Digital History features two articles of particular interest: the first, by Atiba Pertilla, is "Mapping Mobility: Class and Spatial Mobility in the Wall Street Workforce, 1890–1914"; the second, by Marcy L. Galbreath and Amy L. Giroux, is "Researching Genres in Agricultural Communities: The Role of the Farm Record Book." The latter introduces the Historical Agricultural News (HAN) website, a search tool they developed that enables users to filter agriculturally related topics in digitized newspaper articles.

There have been several recent interviews of interest on the "New Books Network" blog:
Peter James Hudson, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean;
Rupali Mishra, A Business of State: Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India CompanyDavid George Surdam and Michael J. Haupert, The Age of Ruth and Landis: The Economics of Baseball during the Roaring TwentiesWilliam D. Bryan, The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South


Friday, September 14, 2018

New Books of Interest: Summer 2018 Edition

A (by no means complete) listing of new and forthcoming books of interest for this summer, covering late May-September 2018:
Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Cash and Dash: How ATMs and Computers Changed Banking (Oxford University Press, September 2018)

Michael Bliss, Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business (new ed., ed. John Turley-Ewart) (Rock's Mills Press, August 2018) [no publisher page].

William D. Bryan, The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (University of Georgia Press, August 2018)

John W. Chaffee, The Muslim Merchants of Premodern China: The History of a Maritime Asian Trade Diaspora, 750–1400 (Cambridge University Press, August 2018)

Nicholas Crafts, Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution to the Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, September 2018)

Ben Dew, Commerce, Finance, and Statecraft: Histories of England, 1600-1780 (Manchester University Press, August 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, June 2018)

Rodney Edvinsson, Tor Jacobson, and Daniel Waldenstrom, eds., Sveriges Riksbank and the History of Central Banking (Cambridge University Press, June 2018)

Janet R. Goodwin and Joan R. Piggott, eds., Land, Power, and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, July 2018)

Shane Hamilton, Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race (Yale University Press, September 2018)

Daniel Hershenzon, The Captive Sea: Slavery, Communication, and Commerce in Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean (University of Pennsylvania Press, September 2018)

David M. Higgins, Brands, Geographical Origin, and the Global Economy: A History from the Nineteenth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, May 2018)

Louis Hyman, Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary (Viking, August 2018)

Kristian Kristiansen, Thomas Lindkvist, and Janken Myrdal, eds., Trade and Civilisation: Economic Networks and Cultural Ties, from Prehistory to the Early Modern Era (Cambridge University Press, August 2018)

Bettina Liverant, Buying Happiness: The Emergence of Consumer Consciousness in English Canada (University of British Columbia Press, June 2018)

Christopher Miller, Planning and Profits: British Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941 (Liverpool University Press, June 2018)

Lars Olsson, Women's Work and Politics in WWI America: The Munsingwear Family of Minneapolis (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2018)

Caitlin Rosenthal, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management (Harvard
University Press, August 2018)

David George Surdam and Michael J. Haupert, The Age of Ruth and Landis: The Economics of Baseball during the Roaring Twenties (University of Nebraska Press, June 2018)

C. Bruce Tarter, The American Lab: An Insider’s History of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2018)

Adam Tooze, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (Viking, August 2018)

John Wall, Streamliner: Raymond Loewy and Image-making in the Age of American Industrial Design (Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2018)

Pim de Zwart and Jan Luiten van Zanden, The Origins of Globalization: World Trade in the Making of the Global Economy, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, September 2018)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Workshop and Seminar Schedule, Fall 2018

As the new academic year begins, we again 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 2018 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
Business History @ Erasmus Seminars
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society (Hagley) Research Seminars
Columbia University Seminar in Economic History
Economic History Seminar, LSE
Economic History Seminar, Stern School of Business, NYU
Economic History Seminar, University of California, Berkeley
Economic History Workshop, Stanford University
Economic and Social History of the Premodern 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
Oxford Graduate Seminar in Economic and Social History
Paris School of Economics, Economic History Seminar
PEAES Fellows Colloquium and Seminars, Library Company of Philadelphia
Penn Economic History Forum
Queen's University (Ontario) Economic History Workshop
Queen's University (Belfast) Centre for Economic History Workshop
Seminars in Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge
Vanderbilt University Economic History Workshop
Washington (D.C.) Area Economic History Seminar
Yale Economic History Workshop
In addition, a sampling of other seminars which, though not specifically focused on business or economic history, often have papers of interest:
Massachusetts Historical Society Seminars
MIT Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History
McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Omohundro Institute Colloquium
Georgetown Institute for Global History Seminar Series

Monday, September 10, 2018

Prizes Awarded: EHA 2018

The Economic History Association (EHA) has just completed its annual meeting, this year held in Montreal, Canada. The organization has announced its award recipients:
The Allan Nevins Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. or Canadian economic history: Gillian Brunet, “Understanding The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Measurement, Mechanisms, and Lessons from History” (University of California Berkeley)

Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian economic history:  Erik Prawitz, “On the Move: Essays on the Economic and Political Development of Sweden” (Stockholm University)

Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History:  Howard Bodenhorn (Clemson University)

Arthur H. Cole Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Economic History Mohamed Saleh, “On the Road to Heaven: Taxation, Conversions, and the Coptic-Muslim Socioeconomic Gap in Medieval Egypt” (June 2018)

Ranki Prize for the best book published in the previous year: Leah Bustan, Princeton University, for Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets (Princeton University Press)

Alice Hanson Jones Prize for the best book in North American economic history: Douglas Irwin, Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (University of Chicago Press)

Engerman-Goldin Prize for compilation and distribution of a dataset within the last five years: Jeremy Atack (Vanderbilt University) (his databases are available here.)

Larry Neal Prize for the best article published in Explorations in Economic History: Jim Siodla, “Clean Slate: Land-Use Changes in San Francisco after the 1906 Disaster”
 (April 2017)
Those who missed the meeting can find relevant posts on Twitter at #EHA2018. The final program booklet also contains abstracts of all the papers.

Friday, September 7, 2018

EBHA 2018: Papers Online

Those unable  to attend the 2018 European Business History Association (EBHA) congress, currently taking place at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, might wish to check out the final version of the meeting program. Nearly 75 of the papers have been uploaded and are freely available. Facebook users can see images on the EBHA Facebook site; on Twitter it's #ebha2018.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Business History in the Blogosphere, August 2018

A number of business historians have written or been quoted in blog posts recently. A sampling:
For the Economic History Society blog, "The Long Run," Aaron Graham writes "Wages of Sin: Slavery and the Banks, 1830-50," drawing on data from the "Legacies of British Slave Ownership Project."

For SHOT's "Technology's Stories" blog, Daniel Levinson Wilk writes about "A Brief Episode in the History of Dusting."

For the Society of U.S. Intellectual History blog, Andy Seal begins a series "Asking New Questions of the New History of Capitalism." Subsequent posts so far are "When Did the History of Capitalism Become New? Periodizing the Field" and "Two Paths for the History of Capitalism: Commodification and Proletarianization."

On "Black Perspectives," the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, Paige Glotzer writes about "The Connections between Urban Development and Colonialism."

For the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE), J. Martin Vest writes "On Nippers, Nipper-Napping, and the New York Public Library."

At the Legal History Blog, Laura Phillips Sawyer continues her series of posts: "On Finding a Dissertation Project. . ."; "From Brandeis and the American Fair Trade League to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Antitrust Reform"; and "Legal Research at the Hagley Museum & Library."

Natalya Vinokurova discusses (audio and transcript) her research on the development of mortgage-backed securities and the parallels to the present day on "Knowledge@ Wharton."

Caitlin Rosenthal is interviewed by John Fea on his "The Way of Improvement Leads Home" about her new book, Accounting for Slavery.

Louis Hyman talks (audio and transcript) with Kara Swisher about his new book, Temp: How American Work, American Business and the American Dream Became Temporary, on "Recode Decode."

Monday, September 3, 2018

WEHC 2018 Wrap-Up

The 2018 World Economic History Congress (WEHC) in Boston is over, but materials of interest remain on the website. The media page for the Congress has links to the slides presented by each of the plenary speakers, as well as links to interviews with Thomas Piketty and Anne McCants. The site also lists the winners of both the dissertation and the poster competitions.
    For those on Facebook or Twitter, posts of interest can be found at the WEHC2018 Facebook site, at the Twitter account @WEHC2018., and with #wehc2018