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New Books in Business and Economic History

The following listing is intended to be suggestive rather than comprehensive. "New books" contain books from the current calendar year; books published earlier are located in the "Archived Books" section. Only reviews on ungated sites are listed.

[As of 2014, we've discontinued the digital version icon, because nearly every book published is now available electronically.]


Sean Patrick Adams, Home Fires: How Americans Kept Warm in the Nineteenth Century
(Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2014)

Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books, September 2014)

Volker R. Berghahn, American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century
(Princeton University Press, April 2014)

Reviewed by Leslie Hannah for EH.Net

Ted Binnema, Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson's Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870
(University of Toronto Press, April 2014)

Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani, eds., Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods
(Oxford University Press, January 2014)

Reviewed by Andrew Smith for EH.Net

Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit
(Princeton University Press, February 2014)

Reviewed by Hugh Rockoff for EH.Net

Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: Detroit's Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt
(University of Chicago Press, March 2014)

Piet Clement, Harold James, and Herman Van der Wee, eds., Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History
(Pickering & Chatto, July 2014)

N. D. B. Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida
(University of Chicago Press, August 2014)

Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt, Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain
(Oxford University Press May 2014)

Michael Dennis, Blood on Steel: Chicago Steelworkers and the Strike of 1937
(Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2014)

Pierre-Yves Donzé, A Business History of the Swatch Group: The Rebirth of Swiss Watchmaking and the Globalization of the Luxury Industry
(Macmillan, April 2014)

Katherine C. Epstein, Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain
(Harvard University Press, January 2014)

Emily Erikson, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757
(Princeton University Press, July 2014)

Laurence Fontaine, The Moral Economy: Poverty, Credit, and Trust in Early Modern Europe
(Cambridge University Press, April 2014)

Robert E. Gallamore and John R. Meyer, American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century
(Harvard University Press, June 2014)

Pierre Gervais, Yannick Lemarchand, and Dominique Margairaz, eds., Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680-1830
(Pickering & Chatto, February 2014)

H. Roger Grant, The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South
(Indiana University Press, April 2014)

Nancy H. Green, The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941
(University of Chicago Press, July 2014)

Martin Horn and Talbot Imlay, The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during World War II: Ford France, Vichy and Nazi Germany
(Cambridge University Press, June 2014)

Llewelyn Hughes, Globalizing Oil: Firms and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States
(Cambridge University Press, March 2014)

Tammy Ingram, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930
(University of North Carolina Press, March 2014)

Mats Ingulstad, Andrew Perchard, and Espen Storli, eds., Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of the "Devil's Metal"
(Routledge, August 2014)

Margaret C. Jacob, The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850
(Cambridge University Press, January 2014)

Steven H. Jaffe and Jessica Lautin, Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012
(Columbia University Press, May 2014)

Chris Jephson and Henning Morgen, Creating Global Opportunities: Maersk Line in Containerisation, 1973-2013
(Cambridge University Press, August 2014)

Christopher F. Jones, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America
(Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground
(Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Shepherd W. McKinley, Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold: Phosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina
(University Press of Florida, March 2014)

Robert J. Mayhew, Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet
(Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Ian Mitchell, Tradition and Innovation in English Retailing, 1700 to 1850: Narratives of Consumption
(Ashgate, February 2014)

Irina Mukhina, Women and the Birth of Russian Capitalism: A History of the Shuttle Trade
(Northern Illinois University Press, May 2014)

Gareth Murphy, Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry
(Macmillan, June 2014)

Aldo Musacchio and Sergio G. Lazzarini, Reinventing State Capitalism: Leviathan in Business, Brazil and Beyond
(Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Larry Neal and Jeffrey Williamson, eds., Cambridge History of Capitalism (2 vols.)
(Cambridge University Press, April 2014)

Roberta J. Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen, Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar
(University Press of Mississippi, March 2014)

Lodewijk Petram, The World's First Stock Exchange
(Columbia University Press, May 2014)

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century
(Harvard University Press, April 2014)

Reviewed by Christel Lane for LSE Book Reviews

Edward J. Roach, The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry
(Ohio University Press, January 2014)

Blain Roberts, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South
(University of North Carolina Press, March 2014)

Richard Roberts, Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914
(Oxford University Press, January 2014)

Martin Ruef, Between Slavery and Capitalism: The Legacy of Emancipation in the American South
(Princeton University Press, August 2014)

Andrew L. Russell, Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks
(Cambridge University Press, April 2014)

Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, The International Distribution of News: The Associated Press, Press Association, and Reuters, 1848-1947
(Cambridge University Press, February 2014)

Andrew Smith and Dimitry Anastakis, eds., Smart Globalization: The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience
(University of Toronto Press, February 2014)

Reviewed by Marvin McInnis for EH.Net

Ana Crespo Solana, ed., Spatio-Temporal Narratives: Historical GIS and the Study of Global Trading Networks (1500-1800)
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 2014)

Barbara L. Solow, The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade
(Lexington Books, May 2014)

Kara W. Swanson, Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America
(Harvard University Press, May 2014)

Francesca Trivellato, Leor Halevi, and Catia Antunes, eds., Religion and Trade: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in World History, 1000-1900
(Oxford University Press, September 2014)

John Turner, Banking in Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Banking Stability, 1800 to the Present
(Cambridge University Press, July 2014)

Kazuo Usui, Marketing and Consumption in Modern Japan
(Routledge, March 2014)