An historian's occasional, random thoughts on the state of capitalism or on aspects of life in an Upper Midwestern university town. Often stimulated by a morning's read of the newspapers. These are actually notes to myself that replace my ("so last century") clippings files, but you're welcome to listen in.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Just in time - the history of capitalism
Economic history - especially in the broader sense - has largely disappeared from the curriculum in departments of history in the U.S. So students who want a historical perspective on the recent transformations of the American (or global) economy have limited opportunities at most universities today. But this may be about to change.
We drew an enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowd and, at least from the people I talked with, rave reviews. This bodes well for the future of this new field, which seeks to make economic history accessible to historians in a way that it hasn't been for half a century - and just when we need it badly. So does the news that Bethany's new book on Wal-Mart won the OAH's prestigious Frederick Jackson Turner Award and that Seth's Scraping Bygarnered an honorable mention in the competition for the Merle Curti Award. Departments of history (and their philanthropists), take note!