Thursday, January 17, 2019

Two more CfPs with deadlines in January, 2019

Deadline for conference CfP: January 21st; Deadline for Workshop and Grants: January 31st; Conference July 5-6, 2019.
Deadline: January 31st; Conference: 29 - 31 August 2019

The deadline to submit proposals for the Association of Business Historians 2019 meeting is January 21st. Note that submissions must be done through this portal. Also for the ABH meeting, and if you plan to participate in the Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop in Business Historysend your application by January 31st to Dr. Mitch Larson ( "Your application should be no more than 4 pages sent together in a single computer file: 1) a one page CV; 2) one page stating the name(s) of the student’s supervisor(s), the title of the theses (a proposed title is fine), the university and department where the student is registered and the date of commencement of thesis registration; 3) an abstract of the work to be presented." The ABH has also announced the Francesca Carnevali Travel Grant for Ph.D. Students. Send your inquiries and proposals to Christine Leslie ( before January 31st. 

To attend the 13th EHES Congress at the Paris School of Economics send a proposal before January 31st. "The Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for sessions and individual papers on any aspect of European or global economic history covering a wide range of periods, countries and regions. In order to allow as many scholars as possible to participate, each participant will be limited to give only one presentation (he/she can also be a co-author in other papers presented at the conference, as long as another co-author participates and presents each of these paper)." Note, also, that there will be at least 10 travel and accommodation grants of €300-400 for students. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Over the Counter, No. 45

News of interest from around the Web:

A very detailed map of medieval trade routes in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the 11th and 12th centuries, including major and minor locations, sea routes, canals, and roads, has been created by Martin Jan Mansson.

The National Museum of American History blog explores how board games have been teaching Americans to shop. And Sara Georgini wrote an essay for S-USIH on "The Way We Shop Now," offering a list of fictional works that explore how salespeople have been portrayed "for scholars interested in using literature to decode the history of capitalism.       
    Also of interest from S-USIH, Andy Seal has a series of posts on the 'new history of capitalism':
The Canadian Business History Association has posted on YouTube a draft trailer for the upcoming feature documentary by Kevin Feraday on "The History of Canada's Financial System," based on the book From Wall Street To Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of Canadian and American Finance by Christopher Kobrak and Joe Martin.

Business History has a recent special issue of note: Vol. 60, no. 7 (2018) offers "New Perspectives on 20th-Century European Retailing." The Introduction by Peter Scott and Patrick Fridenson is available ungated.

In other special issue news, Vol. 13, no. 4 (2018) of Management & Organizational History looks at "War and Peace in Organizational Memory," with Victoria Barnes and Lucy Newton serving as guest editors. Their Introduction and also their article in the issue, "War memorials in organizational memory: a case study of the Bank of England," are currently open access.

FRASER, repository of the Federal Reserve's historical digital data, has recently made available searchable text of The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review from 1839 through 1870. The magazine aimed to discuss "every subject that can be interesting or useful to the merchant."

Two web projects of interest on French business history:
   TOFLIT18 is a project dedicated to French trade statistics from 1716 to 1821. It combines "a historical trade database that covers French external trade comprising more than 500,000 flows at the level of partners and individual products with a range of tools that allows the exploration of the material world of the Early Modern period." There is a preliminary use's guide available here.
   DFIH (Data for Financial History) presents data on firms and securities prices listed on the Paris stock exchange from 1795 to 1976. This projects is a work in progress and will be updated as more information is added.

Richard Baldwin has written a five-part essay for Voxeu, "A Long View of Globalisation in Short," drawing on his 2016 book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization (Harvard University Press).

Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa Materson of the University of California, Davis, are featured  in the University of California news blog discussing their recent collaboration on The Oxford Handbook of American Women's and Gender History.

And Heidi Tworek is featured in the University of British Columbia news magazine, discussing her work on the history of news and other topics (her book, News from Germany The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900–1945, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press).

Harold Demsetz, Arthur Andersen UCLA Alumni Emeritus Professor of Business Economics and one of the pioneers of the 'New Institutional Economics,' died on January 4, 2019, at the age of 88. Obituaries may be found here and here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

New and Forthcoming Books of Interest, New Year's 2019 Edition

New and forthcoming books of interest for October through December 2018 and January-February 2019 (for bibliographic purposes, the list is divided between 2018 and 2019 titles):

October-December 2018
Stuart Aveyard, Paul Corthorn, and Sean O'Connell, The Politics of Consumer Credit in the UK, 1938-1992 (Oxford University Press, November 2018).

Matthias Blum and Christopher R. Colvin, eds., An Economist's Guide to Economic History (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2018).

Bradley J. Borougerdi, Commodifying Cannabis: A Cultural History of a Complex Plant in the Atlantic World (Lexington Books, November 2018).

Youssef Cassis and Giuseppe Telesca, eds., Financial Elites in European Banking: Historical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, October 2018).

Huw David, Trade, Politics, and Revolution: South Carolina and Britain's Atlantic Commerce, 1730-1790 (University of South Carolina Press, November 2018).

Hannah Catherine Davies, Transatlantic Speculations: Globalization and the Panics of 1873 (Columbia University Press, November 2018).

Nan Enstad, Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (University of Chicago Press, December 2018).

Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, Marketable Values: Inventing the Property Market in Modern Britain (University of Chicago Press, December 2018).

Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge, Capitalism in America: A History (Penguin Press, October 2018).

Eric Lomazoff, Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy: Politics and Law in the Early American Republic (University of Chicago Press, November 2018).

Hassan Malik, Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, November 2018).

Anne L. Murphy, The Worlds of the Jeake Family of Rye, 1640-1736 (Oxford University Press, November 2018).

Brian O'Sullivan, From Crisis to Crisis: The Transformation of Merchant Banking, 1914–1939 (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2018).

Daniel Peart, Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816-1861 (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2018).

Sophus A. Reinert, The Academy of Fisticuffs: Political Economy and Commercial Society in Enlightenment Italy (Harvard University Press, December 2018).

Mark H. Rose, Market Rules: Bankers, Presidents, and the Origins of the Great Recession (University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2018).

Tirthankar Roy and Giorgio Riello, eds., Global Economic History (Bloomsbury Publishing, December 2018).

Thomas Max Safley, ed., Labor Before the Industrial Revolution: Work, Technology and Their Ecologies in an Age of Early Capitalism (Routledge, November 2018).

Jon Stobart and Vicki Howard, eds., The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing (Routledge, November 2018).

Erika Vause, In the Red and in the Black: Debt, Dishonor, and the Law in France between Revolutions (University of Virginia Press, November 2018).

Jeffrey D. Wert, Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation (Da Capo Press, November 2018).

Ben Wubs, Neil Forbes, and Takafumi Kurosawa, eds., Multinational Enterprise, Political Risk and Organisational Change: From Total War to Cold War (Routledge, December 2018).
January-February 2019
Brent Goldfarb and David A. Kirsch, Bubbles and Crashes: The Boom and Bust of Technological Innovation (Stanford University Press, February 2019).

Philip T. Hoffman, Gilles Postel-Vinay, and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Dark Matter Credit: The Development of Peer-to-Peer Lending and Banking in France (Princeton University Press, January 2019).

Katie Jarvis, Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France (Oxford University Press, January 2019).

David K. Johnson, Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement (Columbia University Press, February 2019).

M. Houston Johnson V, Taking Flight: The Foundations of American Commercial Aviation, 1918–1938 (Texas A&M University Press, February 2019).

Jack Kelly, The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America (St. Martin's Press, January 2019).

Elisabeth Köll, Railroads and the Transformation of China (Harvard University Press, January 2019).

Will B. Mackintosh, Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture (New York University Press, January 2019).

Sheilagh Ogilvie, The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis (Princeton University Press, January 2019)

John Oldland, The English Woollen Industry, c. 1200-c.1560 (Routledge, February 2019).

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele, Manufacturing Advantage: War, the State, and the Origins of American Industry, 1776–1848 (Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2019).

Jason E. Taylor, Deconstructing the Monolith: The Microeconomics of the National Industrial Recovery Act (University of Chicago Press, January 2019).

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Not to be missed-CfPs approaching deadlines [4 items]

1. Second Annual South Asia Workshop - January 30th
2. Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association - January 31st
3. 2019 meeting of the Asociación Española de Historia Económica - January 31st
4. 44th meeting of the Economic Business History Society - February 15th

The London School of Economics will host its second Annual South Asia Workshop on May 20 -21. Proposals on "the general disciplines of economic history and history of economics as well as the South Asia region," will be considered until January 30th. For more information or to send proposals email

The Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association will be celebrated next September 13-15, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The focus of the meeting will be on 'Markets and Governments in Economic History,' and the program committee will be accepting proposals on "all subjects in economic history" before January 31st. Instructions on how to submit a paper or a panel can be found here.

In Ávila, Spain, the Asociación Española de Historia Económica will host its VII Encuentro meeting (September 4-5). Their Call for Papers is open until January 31st. Click here for more detailed information required for the conference within the AEHE's main website, or email

February 15 is the last day to submit proposals to present at the 44th meeting of the Economic Business History Society on June 5-8, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. For more information visit the association's website at

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

CFP (Journal): Eighteenth-Century Studies Special Issue on the South Sea and Mississippi Bubbles

2020 marks the 300th anniversary of the crashing of the South Sea and Mississippi Bubbles, investment schemes – based on slavery, colonialism, and the need to fund standing militaries accompanying them through large-scale public borrowing – that caused a general international liquidity crisis, deflation, and depression. This special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies seeks submissions exploring not only the consequences to Europe of this financial crisis, but also its global effects, particularly as they relate to empires of trade and administration.
    The editor, Sean Moore, is soliciting interdisciplinary papers that ask questions such as:
How are empire and militarism connected to finance? In what ways were people as well as things financialized during this crisis? Was the mode of capitalism put into motion by the Financial Revolution of the early eighteenth century fundamentally racist and/or colonialist? How should our understanding of these bubbles be shaped not only by the politics that went into making them, but also the politics of the bailouts that followed? What role did publicity and propaganda in the print media play in these events, and how might literature, art, and other forms of humanistic expression be connected with it? As these questions demonstrate, we are seeking submissions that are both interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope, moving beyond considering the bubbles’ effects only in Britain and France and towards how those effects rippled throughout Europe, the Atlantic, and the globe. 
The goal is to publish this issue in 2020 to mark the anniversaries of the bursting of these bubbles. Submissions are required by June 1, 2019, to ensure that the review process of the manuscripts is complete by that time. Please submit to, and feel free to contact Sean Moore (, about ideas for this issue. Manuscripts should generally be between 7,500 and 9,000 words. A detailed list of submission guidelines can be found on the journal’s website.

Monday, January 7, 2019

#BHC19: Workshops

As you make your plans and register to attend the Business History Conference in Cartagena, Colombia, consider the following sessions that the Workshops Committee has organized for Thursday, March 14, 2019.
  • Paper Development Workshop: “Histories of Business Knowledge” - 12:00-3:00 pm. 
  • Digital Archives and Other Electronic Resources for Business Historians - 2:00-3:00 pm. 
  • Interdisciplinarity: Risks and Opportunities for Navigating a Business History Career - 4:00-5:30pm
  • Empresariado en América Latina en Perspectiva Histórica y Global/Latin American Business in a Global and Historical Perspective

If you would like to discuss the paper that you are presenting at the conference or another work-in-progress consider attending the Paper Development Workshop sponsored by the Copenhagen Business School. The topic of the workshop is "Histories of Business Knowledge." Participants should send their proposal or idea, and a CV to Christina Lubinski ( before February 8th. More information about this workshop can be found here. 

Interdisciplinarity: Risks and Opportunities for Navigating a Business History Career is a workshop that "will be an opportunity to learn about interdisciplinary research as well as discuss navigating early career in business history.” Send your questions to Karolina Hutkova (

At the Digital Archives and Other Electronic Resources for Business Historians, attendees will discuss "The rapid proliferation of electronic records has created both opportunities and challenges for business historians. How do we locate those resources?  How do we compensate for the ephemeral nature of electronic sources and the fact that so much written documentation has simply disappeared soon after its creation?  How should we acknowledge privacy concerns in the digital age?  What are the best practices for integrating electronic records into our scholarship and our teaching?." Participants are also encouraged to prepare questions and send them to Workshop Committee co-chair Albert Churella ( no later than February 15th. 

The panel of experts in Empresariado en América Latina en Perspectiva Histórica y Global will answer questions from the audience on general topics related to business history, historiography, and historical sources. The workshop will be in Spanish and Portuguese. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fellowships: [2 items]

Two fellowships to conduct archival research

The John W. Hartman Center For Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Library "acquires and preserves printed material collections of textual and multimedia resources and makes them available to researchers around the world. Through these collections and related programming, the Center promotes understanding of the social, cultural, and historical impact of advertising, marketing, and sales." The Libraries at Duke have significant resources available online such as the database J. Walter Thompson: Advertising American and they also have travel grants to allow researchers to visit their collections. The deadline to submit proposals for the 2019 Travel & Fellowships at the Hartman Center is January 31st.

The Massachusetts Historical Society is house of historical material about "American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures." The MHS offers four fellowships for short and long-term research in their collections. Here you will find more information about how to apply.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Business and Economic History at the AHA

The American Historical Association annual meeting, taking place in Chicago, Illinois, with a theme of "Loyalties," begins this week. As usual, the BHC is sponsoring events as an AHA affiliated society.  The organization will host a lunch on Saturday, January 5, 12:00–1:30 p.m. with a discussion of  "Loyalty/Disloyalty in Business," chaired by Pamela Walker Laird, University of Colorado Denver. The panel consists of Sven Kube, Florida International University; Debra Michals, Merrimack College; Travis Ross, Yale University; Kelly Sharp, Luther College; and Gregory J. Wood, Frostburg State University.
     The BHC-sponsored session this year is 206: "Communist Corporate Cultures: Enterprise between Political Principle and Profit Pursuit," chaired by Philip Scranton.
     There will of course be many other sessions of interest at the meeting, including:
Session 5: "Infrastructure and Power in the Pacific, 1840–1940"
Session 8: "Divided Loyalties: European Companies in German West Africa before 1914"
Session 13: "Globalization and Industrialization: History and Food Panel"
Session 30: "The Costs of Motherhood: Capitalism and Reproduction in the United States, 1900 to the Present"
Session 56: "Building Empire: Infrastructure, Materiality, and Mobility in the Age of Globalization"
Session 124: "Financing the State: Silver Coins, Paper Money, and Tax Revenue in Britain’s Atlantic Empire and the United States, 1700–1900"
Session 154: "The History of Financial Advice"
Session 162: "What Are Corporations Good For? Markets, Social Responsibility, and the State"
In addition, BHC member and Doctoral Colloquium head Ed Balleisen of Duke University will chair two sessions about doctoral education in the humanities: session 60, "How Do We Fix the Advising Model for Humanities PhD Students?" and session 188, "Innovations in Doctoral Education: Building Strong Partnerships between Programs and University Leadership."
     Several sessions sponsored by other organizations hold interest for business and economic historians:
Conference on Latin American History Session 13: "Legal History, Capitalism, and Economic Life: New Research from Mexico"
National History Center of the American Historical Association Session 2: "Historical Perspectives on Public-Private Partnerships"
Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction Session 2: "Food and Long-Distance Commerce in the Early Modern World"
German Historical Institute Session 2: "The Economics of Loyalty in North America, 18th–20th Century"
Labor and Working Class History Association Session 3: ""Global Labor Histories"
In addition to those listed here, readers will find many papers--on gender, slavery, labor, and native american history, for example--that hold interest. The AHA has a search page where keywords may be used to locate relevant individual papers.