Friday, February 16, 2018

New Journal from Penn Press: Capitalism and History

The University of Pennsylvania Press has announced the founding of a new journal of interest. Titled Capitalism and History, the journal will publish its first issue in Winter 2019. The editors are Francesco Boldizzoni, University of Helsinki; Marc Flandreau, University of Pennsylvania; and Carl Wennerlind, Barnard College of Columbia University. The editor for review essays is Carolyn N. Biltoft, The Graduate Institute, Geneva. Editorial board members are listed here.
    According to the announcement, Capitalism and History
is concerned with both theory and empirics, welcomes qualitative and quantitative investigations, and encourages conceptual as well as methodological innovations. Capitalism and History is global in reach, diverse in outlook, and comprehensive in coverage, spanning a wide range of periods and world regions. It aims to achieve innovation by challenging the conventional boundaries between historical fields and putting history in conversation with economics, law, social theory, and the humanities at large.
Manuscriptsubmissions should be sent to the editors at

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Winter 2018 Common-Place Articles of Interest

The winter 2018 issue of the on-line journal Common-Place has several articles of interest: 
Katherine Gaudet looks at Charles Brockden Brown's novel, Arthur Mervyn (1799) to examine eighteenth-century ideas of bankruptcy.
Ross Newton tracks down the story of the "Gentlemen of the Bay of Honduras," logwood cutters who donated to Boston's Old North Church.
Robin Bernstein investigates the newly available slave narrative of Jane Clark.
Finally, Katherine Hijar examines nineteenth-century brothel guides to look at views on urban prostitution in the United States.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Program Available: “Entangled Histories” at the McNeil Center

Isaac Mendes Belisario, “Jaw-Bone, or House John-Canoe,” from <em>Sketches of Character, In Illustration of the Habits, Occupation, and Costume of the Negro Population in the Island of Jamaica</em>, 1837; courtesy of Yale Center for British Art
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is hosting a conference on April 5-7, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa., on "Entangled Histories: Making New Connections in Early America, c. 1750-1850." According to the organizers,
Over the last decade, Entangled History has emerged as a response to the global turn in American History. From recent work on the history of capitalism, slavery, and the slave trade, to studies of revolutions and pandemics, entangled approaches continue to push the boundaries of our historical understanding.
The program for the conference is now available. Among sessions of particular interest are "Trade, Slavery, and Settlement" and "Capital and Property on the Periphery." Full copies of the papers will be available in advance to registrants.
     For complete information about registration, accommodations, and travel, please see the "Entangled Histories" website.

Friday, February 9, 2018

CFP: SHOT 2018

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) will hold its 2018 annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 11-14. In tribute to the meeting location, the theme will be “Gateways: Passages, Openings, and Enclosures in the History of Technology.” According to the call for papers,
[Its] multi-dimensional story makes St. Louis a natural focus for scholarly analysis of the many ways technology impacts, and is impacted by, place, space, and culture. The pre-industrial, industrial, and postindustrial history of the region, from Native American Cahokia mounds to the African-American experience in suburban Ferguson, also suggests topics further analyzing technology, power, and democracy, race, gender, and ethnicity.
The program committee will entertain submissions in three categories:
Traditional Sessions: 3-4 papers, with chair and commentator
Unconventional Sessions: round-table sessions, workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers, poster sessions, or "you write, I present" sessions, in which the discussant presents for the author and comments on the paper, with authors on-site to respond to comments, take questions from the audience, and join overall discussions.
Open Sessions: Organizers describe a topic and invite submissions to create a panel
The deadline for all submissions is March 31, 2018. [Those wishing to submit an open session proposal, however, must do so by March 15; potential open session participants must submit by March 24, in order to give the organizer time to pull things together for the March 31 overall deadline.]
    Please see the full call for papers for additional information and submission instructions.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CFP: Financial History Review New Scholar Fast-Track Workshop

The journal Financial History Review invites submissions of research papers from advanced Ph.D. students and recent postdoctoral researchers (fewer than five years out from completing their Ph.D.) in banking, financial, and monetary history for a New Scholars Fast-Track Workshop to be held in Turin, Italy, on June 13, 2018. Papers on any topic and period are welcome. Co-authored papers are also eligible, provided that one of the authors meets the “new scholar” requirements. Authors of selected manuscripts will have the opportunity to discuss their paper with experienced scholars at the workshop. After the workshop, they will receive referee reports no later than July 15, 2018, and will be requested to resubmit a final version no later than September 30, 2018.
      The workshop is supported by the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) (, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo, and Compagnia di San Paolo. Financial support will be available for travel and accommodation costs. For further information about the FHR, please visit the journal's webpage.
      Those interested in the workshop should submit a paper and a short CV no later than April 30, 2018, to the editors of FHR, Stefano Battilossi (Carlos III Madrid) ( and Rui Esteves (Oxford) ( When submitting, please include in the subject “FHR New Scholar Fast-Track.”
      For more specifics, please see the full call for submissions.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Digital Resource: New York Public Library Maps

As one of its ongoing digitization projects, the New York Public Library has placed over 20,000 maps on its website. Many of them are of direct interest to business historians. Slate's Rebecca Onion blogged about one example, "Chase's Ice Map" of several northeastern rivers in 1894, showing "location, capacity, ownership & cutting surface of the Kennebec, Penobscot & Hudson rivers."
   Other examples include:
"Map of the Oil District of West Virginia," 1864
"Plan of Land & Water Lots of the Charlestown Wharf Co.," 1838
"Map of French & English Grants on Lake Champlain," 1851
"Map & Profile of a Ship Canal from Richmond to Warwick," 1836
"Post Route Map of the State of Arkansas and of the Indian Territory," 1880
"Ontario (Villages) Business Notices," 1874
The maps are searchable by keyword and by several categories such as "Topic" and "Place." The library site has an excellent viewer, which allows users to zoom in on details at very high resolution. Most items are in the public domain.

Friday, February 2, 2018

CFP: CHORD 2018 Conference

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution ­(CHORD) invites submissions for its 2018  conference, which will focus on retailing and distribution in the eighteenth century. The meeting will take place at the University of Wolverhampton on September 13, 2018. Papers focusing on any geographical area or topic are welcome. Both experienced and new speakers are invited to propose their work, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. For a more detailed expression of possible topics, please see the full call for papers.
    To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10- or a 20-minute presentation, to Laura Ugolini, at by May 4, 2018.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Program Available for APEBH 2018 Meeting

The 2018 Asia Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference will be hosted by the School of History at the University of Tasmania in Hobart on February 15-17, 2018. The conference, under the topic "History from Below: Ordinary Lives in Historical and Comparative Perspective," will "bring together researchers in business, economic, and social history and feature new and exciting research from a variety of perspectives covering historical developments in Australia and Asia, as well as in other regions of the world." The preliminary program for the meeting has now been posted on the conference website. The site also provides a link to abstracts and full texts of papers as available.
    The annual Noel Butlin Lecture will be given by Sumner La Croix, with the title "Understanding the Unwritten Past: Hawaii's Economic History, 1260-1778."
    For additional information, including registration and accommodation details, please consult the meeting website.

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."

Friday, January 26, 2018

Fellowship Opportunities: UNC Special Collections Library

The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina has announced that it will award up to eight short-term summer research fellowships of $1,250 to support intensive and innovative research use of its collections. (For applicants whose permanent residence is within the Research Triangle region, the award will be adjusted to $625 to support the expenses of commuting rather than travel and housing.) According to the announcemen, a successful candidate for the 2018 Summer Visiting Research Fellowships will:
  • Submit a research plan that draws deeply and substantively on the collections of the Wilson Special Collections Library. The Library’s collections include the North Carolina Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives. 
  • Commit to a research residency of at least ten days at the Louis Round Wilson Library that will occur between May 1 and September 1, 2018. 
  • Agree to participate in the intellectual life of the Library, which will include a public presentation of research findings and experiences and the submission of a brief research report. 
  • Have or be actively pursuing the terminal degree in their discipline. 
Readers should note particularly the Hugh L. McColl Library Fund, which supports research about banking and business in the American South.
     To apply for a Summer Visiting Research Fellowship, researchers should submit a brief research plan that describes the proposed project, discusses its intellectual significance, and lists the specific materials to be consulted at the Wilson Library to with the email subject line: "2018 Summer Visiting Research Fellowships." Please consult the fellowship website for additional requirements. The deadline for all application materials is February 15, 2018. Please contact Matt Turi with any questions.