Call For Papers

Call for Papers for a special issue of Business History on Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1929

Business History calls for articles for a special issue on commodity trading companies in the first global economy. The special issue aims to present new, transnational research on the evolution of global business in the period between 1870 and 1929. Although the issue’s focus is on the activities of commodity trading companies, we seek contributions that engage their historical experience and evolution within a global value chain framework.

"Made by History -- the Washington Post"


Made by History is a new blog hosted by the Washington Post.

Historians Brian Rosenwald and Niki Hemmer founded the site.  Katie Brownell is the editor. BHC member, Christy Chapin, is a member of the editorial board.

Business historians are encouraged to submit pitches or already composed pieces that are

1. related to current news stories or topics,

2. based on their area of expertise, and

3. written to include a historical context.

The suggested word count is 600-1000 words.

ABH Glasgow: The Human Factor in Business History

Understanding the strategy and structure of firms forms a vital part of the discipline
of business history, as does the deployment of essential tools such as typologies of
company forms, theories of the firm and firm growth and so on. But it is vital, too, for
business historians to recognise and investigate those who stand at the heart of
business history: the people who create firms, those who own them and those who
work for them in various capacities (whether in head offices, in back offices or on the

New Frontiers in Asian Economic History

“New Frontiers in Asian Economic History”


The AAS is pleased to invite applications to participate in the first workshop in its new workshop series  “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation.   The first workshop, entitled “New Frontiers in Asian Economic History,” will take place on May 11-15, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.   


CfP: Workshop on Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1914

Industrialisation and economic liberalism caused a steep growth of the international trade in commodities during the First Global Economy. Trading companies shaped the emergent global value chains of commodities ranging from iron ore to metals to food stuffs and other agricultural commodities. At this highpoint of Britain’s economic dominance, British commodity trading companies were front runners. However, rapid growth and a growing need for raw materials and natural resources in the US, Germany and Japan opened up new trading opportunities and markets.

Business in Circulation

“Business in Circulation”


The BHC Liaison Committee will sponsor a panel for the 2017 meeting of the Organization of American Historians, to be held April 6-9 in New Orleans (  We invite BHC members to propose original research papers for a panel that relates to the OAH theme of circulation. Members may also submit proposals for complete panels for consideration.