Economic and Business History

Economic and Business History


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

Priya Satia, "Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution" (Bloomsbury, 2019)

May 18, 2024

Empire of Guns

Priya Satia

From the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, the industrial revolution transformed Britain from an agricultural and artisanal economy to one domina…

Adriana Chira, "Patchwork Freedoms: Law, Slavery, and Race beyond Cuba's Plantations" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 17, 2024

Patchwork Freedoms

Adriana Chira
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

In nineteenth-century Santiago de Cuba, the island of Cuba's radical cradle, Afro-descendant peasants forged freedom and devised their own formative p…

Joan E. Cho, "Seeds of Mobilization: The Authoritarian Roots of South Korea's Democracy" (U Michigan Press, 2024)

May 17, 2024

Seeds of Mobilization

Joan E. Cho
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

South Korea is sometimes held as a dream case of modernization theory, a testament to how economic development leads to democracy. Seeds of Mobilisati…

Rajrishi Singhal, "Slip, Stitch and Stumble: The Untold Story of Financial Reforms in India" (Viking, 2024)

May 16, 2024

Slip, Stitch and Stumble

Rajrishi Singhal
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

India’s stock markets are booming. One calculation from Bloomberg puts India as the world’s fourth-largest equity market, overtaking Hong Kong, as dom…

Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson, "Made in China: When US-China Interests Converged to Transform Global Trade" (Harvard UP, 2024)

May 16, 2024

Made in China

Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For centuries, the vastness of the Chinese market tempted foreign companies in search of customers. But in the 1970s, when the United States and China…

Raghuram G. Rajan and Rohit Lamba, "Breaking the Mold: India’s Untraveled Path to Prosperity" (Princeton UP, 2024)

May 15, 2024

Breaking the Mold

Raghuram G. Rajan and Rohit Lamba
Hosted by Mark Klobas

The whole world has a stake in India's future, and that future hinges on whether India can develop its economy and deliver for its population--now the…

Liliana Doganova, "Discounting the Future: The Ascendancy of a Political Technology" (Princeton UP, 2024)

May 14, 2024

Discounting the Future

Liliana Doganova
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Forest fires, droughts, and rising sea levels beg a nagging question: have we lost our capacity to act on the future? Dr. Liliana Doganova’s book Disc…

Amy Schiller, "The Price of Humanity: How Philanthropy Went Wrong—And How to Fix It" (Melville House, 2023)

May 13, 2024

The Price of Humanity

Amy Schiller
Hosted by Brian Hamilton

Amy Schiller's The Price of Humanity: How Philanthropy Went Wrong—And How to Fix It (Melville House, 2023) makes an attempt to rescue philanthropy fro…

Görkem Akgöz, "In the Shadow of War and Empire: Industrialisation, Nation-Building, and Working-Class Politics in Turkey" (Brill, 2023)

May 12, 2024

In the Shadow of War and Empire

Görkem Akgöz
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In the Shadow of War and Empire: Industrialisation, Nation-Building, and Working-Class Politics in Turkey (Brill, 2023) offers a site-specific history…

Denise Von Glahn, "Circle of Winners: How the Guggenheim Foundation Composition Awards Shaped American Music Culture" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

May 12, 2024

Circle of Winners

Denise Von Glahn
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Founded in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides support to what their current website says are "exceptional individuals in pur…

Per Högselius and Achim Klüppelberg, "The Soviet Nuclear Archipelago: A Historical Geography of Atomic-Powered Communism" (CEU Press, 2023)

May 12, 2024

The Soviet Nuclear Archipelago

Per Högselius and Achim Klüppelberg
Hosted by CEU Press

In this episode of the CEU Press Podcast, host Andrea Talabér (CEU Press/CEU Review of Books) sat down with Per Högselius and Achim Klüppelberg to dis…

Robert K. D. Colby, "An Unholy Traffic: Slave Trading in the Civil War South" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 10, 2024

An Unholy Traffic

Robert K. D. Colby

The Confederate States of America was born in defense of slavery and, after a four-year struggle to become an independent slaveholding republic, died …

Francesca Trivellato, "The Promise and Peril of Credit" (Princeton UP, 2019)

May 5, 2024

Promise and Peril of Credit

Francesca Trivellato
Hosted by Mark Klobas

In 1647, the French author Étienne Cleirac asserted in his book Les us, et coustumes de la mer that the credit instruments known as bills of exchange …

Tanisha M. Fazal, "Military Medicine and the Hidden Costs of War" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 5, 2024

Military Medicine and the Hidden Costs of War

Tanisha M. Fazal
Hosted by Lamis Abdelaaty

Decisions to go to war are often framed in cost-benefit terms, and typically such assessments do not factor in longer term costs. However, recent dram…

Patrick Humphries, "Cleopatra and the Undoing of Hollywood: How One Film Almost Sunk the Studios" (History Press, 2023)

May 4, 2024

Cleopatra and the Undoing of Hollywood

Patrick Humphries
Hosted by Latoya Johnson

The astonishing behind-the-scenes story of the 1963 film Cleopatra and how it changed the face of Hollywood makes it one of the most fabled films of …

Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac, "The Gender of Capital: How Families Perpetuate Wealth Inequality" (Harvard UP, 2023)

May 3, 2024

The Gender of Capital

Céline Bessière and Sibylle Gollac

In many countries, property law grants equal rights to men and women. Why, then, do women still accumulate less wealth than men? Combining quantitativ…

Jennifer M. Black, "Branding Trust: Advertising and Trademarks in Nineteenth-Century America" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

May 1, 2024

Branding Trust

Jennifer M. Black
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the early nineteenth century, the American commercial marketplace was a chaotic, unregulated environment in which knock-offs and outright frauds th…

Andre Schmid, "North Korea's Mundane Revolution: Socialist Living and the Rise of Kim Il Sung, 1953-1965" (U California Press, 2024)

April 30, 2024

North Korea's Mundane Revolution

Andre Schmid

Histories of North Korea typically focus on one man — Kim Il Sung — and one narrative — his grand rise to absolute power. Andre Schmid’s new book, Nor…

Sheilagh Ogilvie, "The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis" (Princeton UP, 2019)

April 29, 2024

The European Guilds

Sheilagh Ogilvie
Hosted by Mark Klobas

Guilds were prominent in medieval and early modern Europe, but their economic role has seldom been studied. In The European Guilds: An Economic Analys…

George R. Boyer, "The Winding Road to the Welfare State: Economic Insecurity and Social Welfare Policy in Britain" (Princeton UP, 2019)

April 29, 2024

The Winding Road to the Welfare State

George R. Boyer
Hosted by Mark Klobas

The creation of the postwar welfare state in Great Britain did not represent the logical progression of governmental policy over a period of generatio…