Economic and Business History

Economic and Business History

episodes

Interviews with scholars of economic and business history about their new books.

Mark R. Beissinger, "The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion" (Princeton UP, 2022)

July 17, 2024

The Revolutionary City

Mark R. Beissinger
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Examining the changing character of revolution around the world, The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion (Prin…

Sarah Milton, "Ageing and New Intimacies: Gender, Sexuality and Temporality in an English Salsa Scene" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Ageing and New Intimacies

Sarah Milton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 'baby boom' generation, born between the 1940s and the 1960s, is often credited with pioneering new and creative ways of relating, doing intimacy …

James Mallery, "City of Vice: Transience and San Francisco's Urban History, 1848-1917" (U Nebraska Press, 2024)

July 16, 2024

City of Vice

James Mallery
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

San Francisco began its American life as a city largely made up of transient men, arriving from afar to participate in the gold rush and various atten…

Toby Green, "A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution" (U Chicago Press, 2019)

July 15, 2024

A Fistful of Shells

Toby Green
Hosted by Mark Klobas

All too often, the history of early modern Africa is told from the perspective of outsiders. In his book A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Ris…

Mark Peterson, "The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865" (Princeton UP, 2019)

July 14, 2024

The City-State of Boston

Mark Peterson
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an indepe…

Jonathan Connolly, "Worthy of Freedom: Indenture and Free Labor in the Era of Emancipation" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 13, 2024

Worthy of Freedom

Jonathan Connolly

In Worthy of Freedom: Indenture and Free Labor in the Era of Emancipation (University of Chicago Press, 2024), Jonathan Connolly traces the normalizat…

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East

Sam Dolbee
Hosted by Maggie Freeman

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2023) focuses on the intersections of three entities other…

James D. Fisher, "The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agrarian Capitalism in Britain, 1660–1800" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

July 12, 2024

The Enclosure of Knowledge

James D. Fisher
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The rise of agrarian capitalism in Britain is usually told as a story about markets, land and wages. The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agra…

Theresa McCulla, "Insatiable City: Food and Race in New Orleans" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 11, 2024

Insatiable City

Theresa McCulla
Hosted by Kelly Spivey

A history of food in the Crescent City that explores race, power, social status, and labor. In Insatiable City: Food and Race in New Orleans (U Chicag…

William Gow, "Performing Chinatown: Hollywood, Tourism, and the Making of a Chinese American Community" (Stanford UP, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Performing Chinatown

William Gow
Hosted by Donna Anderson

This episode features a conversation with Dr. William Gow on his recently published book, Performing Chinatown: Hollywood, Tourism, and the Making of …

Paul Rekret, "Take This Hammer: Work, Song, Crisis" (Goldsmiths Press, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Take This Hammer

Paul Rekret
Hosted by Gummo Clare

The emergence of the popular music industry in the early twentieth century not only drove a wedge between music production and consumption, it also un…

Laura Robson, "Human Capital: A History of Putting Refugees to Work" (Verso, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Human Capital

Laura Robson
Hosted by Geoffrey Gordon

When Americans and other citizens of advanced capitalist countries think of humanitarianism, they think of charitable efforts to help people displaced…

David Alff, "The Northeast Corridor: The Trains, the People, the History, the Region" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 9, 2024

The Northeast Corridor

David Alff
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Traversed by thousands of trains and millions of riders, the Northeast Corridor might be America’s most famous railway, but its influence goes far bey…

Jessie Abrahams, "Schooling Inequality: Aspirations, Opportunities and the Reproduction of Social Class" (Bristol UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Schooling Inequality

Jessie Abrahams
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite a mass expansion of the higher education sector in the UK since the 1960s, young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds rema…

Jeremy Black, "A World History of Rail: From the Steam Regime to Today" (Amberley Publishing, 2023)

July 6, 2024

A World History of Rail

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

There were 20,000 miles of railways in 1865 and about a million by 2020. Scale has always been a key theme in railway history. In the First World War,…

Amanda McMillan Lequieu, "Who We Are Is Where We Are: Making Home in the American Rust Belt" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 5, 2024

Who We Are Is Where We Are

Amanda McMillan Lequieu
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Half a century ago, deindustrialization gutted blue-collar jobs in the American Midwest. But today, these places are not ghost towns. People still cal…

Racism as Power Relation: A Discussion with Adaner Usmani (EF, JP)

July 4, 2024

Racism as Power Relation

Adaner Usmani

Do we understand racism as the primary driving engine of American inequality? Or do we focus instead on the indirect ways that frequently hard-to-disc…

Daniel Susskind, "Growth: A History and a Reckoning" (Harvard UP, 2024)

July 3, 2024

Growth

Daniel Susskind
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

Daniel Susskind examines the brief and powerful history of economic growth and puts it into perspective with human prosperity in Growth: A History and…

Samuel Dolbee, "Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

July 3, 2024

Locusts of Power

Samuel Dolbee
Hosted by Deren Ertas

In this episode, I talk to Samuel Dolbee, Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. His book, Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and En…

John Soluri, "Creatures of Fashion: Animals, Global Markets, and the Transformation of Patagonia" (UNC Press, 2024)

July 3, 2024

Creatures of Fashion

John Soluri
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Today, the mention of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego conjures images of idyllic landscapes untouched by globalisation. Creatures of Fashion: Animals, …