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HIST 2654 Global Business History

Global Business History, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Regina Blaszczyk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Jones, Geoffrey. Multinationals and Global Capitalism from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Stearns, Peter N. Globalization in world history. London: Routledge, 2010

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Week 14: Lecture and Tutorial: Doing Business Around the World


Ferguson, Niall. Civilization : the West and the rest London: Penguin, 2018.

Ferguson, Niall. Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World. London: Penguin, 2004.

Frank, Andre Gunter, ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998). Online resource.

Jones, Geoffrey. “Business Enterprises and Global Worlds." Enterprise and society. 3, no. 4 (Dec. 2002): 581-605.

Landes, David S. “Why Europe and the West? Why Not China?" The journal of economic perspectives. 20 (Spring 2006): 3-22.

Pomeranz, Kenneth. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), 1-25, 264-300.

McCants, Anne E.C. “Exotic Goods, Popular Consumption, and the Standard of Living: Thinking about Globalization in the Early Modern World." Journal of World History 18, no. 4 (2007): 433-462.

O'Rourke, Kevin H., and Jeffrey G. Williamson, “When Did Globalization Begin?" European review of economic history 6, no. 1 (2002): 23-50.

Wong, R. Bin. “The Search for European Difference and Domination in the Early Modern World: A View From Asia." The American historical review. 107 (April 2002): 447-469.

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Week 15: Lecture and Tutorial: Clothing and Fashion: Globalisation in a Nutshell

Readings for the Lecture:

 Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. Fashionability : Abraham Moon and the creation of British cloth for the global market Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

 Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. “The Hidden Spaces of Fashion Production,” in Sandy Black et al eds., The handbook of fashion studies London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

 Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, ed. Producing fashion : commerce, culture, and consumers Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

 Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, and Veronique Pouillard, eds., European fashion : the creation of a global industry ISBN: 9781526122094 (hbk.); 152612209X; 1526122103; 9781526122100 (pbk.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.

 Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, and Ben Wubs, eds. The fashion forecasters : The Hidden History of Color and Trend Prediction. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Jones, Geoffrey. “Blonde and Blue-Eyed? Globalizing Beauty, c. 1945-c. 1980." The economic history review. 61, no. 1 (2008): 125-154.

Jones, Geoffrey. Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Readings for the Tutorial:

Rivoli, Pietra. The travels of a T-shirt in the global economy : an economist examines the markets, power, and politics of world trade, 2nd edition (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009).


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Week 16: Lecture and Tutorial: The British Industrial Revolution. Why Then? Why There?

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

Allen, R. C. “Why the Industrial Revolution was British: Commerce, Induced Invention, and the Scientific Revolution." The economic history review. 64, no. 2 (2011): 357-384.

Bailey, Ronal. “The Other Side of Slavery: Black Labor, Cotton, and Textile Industrialization in Great Britain and the United States.” Agricultural History. 68, no. 2 (Spring 1994): 35-50.

Clark, Gregory, Kevin H. O’Rourke, and Alan M. Taylor. “Made in America? The New World, the Old, and the Industrial Revolution." American economic review. 98, no. 2 (2008): 523-528.

de Vries, Jan. “The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution." The journal of economic history. 54 (1994): 249-70.

Riello, Giorgio. “Asian Knowledge and the Development of Calico Printing in Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” Journal of global history ISSN: 1740-0228 5 (March 2010): 1-28. (in Online Course Readings Folder)

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Week 17: Lecture and Tutorial: Trade and the First Global Economy, 1500-1914

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

Carlos, Ann M., and Stephen Nicholas. “‘Giants of an Earlier Capitalism’: The Chartered Trading Companies as Modern Multinationals." Business history review. 62, no. 3 (Autumn 1988): 398-419.

Beckert, Sven. “Cotton and the Global Origins of Capitalism,” Journal of World History ISSN: 1045-6007 28 (March 2017): 107-120.

Boot, H.M. “Real Incomes of the British Middle Class, 1760-1850: The Experience of Clerks at the East India Company." The economic history review. n.s. 52, no. 4 (Nov. 1999): 638-668.

Gilbar, Gad G. “Muslim Tujjar of the Middle East and Their Commercial Networks in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Studia Islamica ISSN: 0585-5292 100/101 (2005): 183-202.

Gilbar, Gad G. “The Muslim Big Merchant-Entrepreneurs of the Middle East, 1860-1914,” Die Welt des Islams ISSN: 0043-2539, new series, 43 (2003): 1-36.

Hancock, David. “The Trouble with Networks: Managing the Scots’ Early Modern Madeira Trade," Business history review. 79, no. 3 (Autumn 2005): 467-491.

Lemire, Beverly, and Giorgio Riello, “East & West: Textiles and Fashion in Early Modern Europe,” Journal of Social History. ISSN: 0022-4529 41, no. 4 (summer 2008), 887-916.

Riello, Giorgio, and Tirthankar Roy, eds. How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850. Boston: Brill, 2009.(online)

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Week 18: Lecture and Tutorial: The Second Industrial Revolution and the Consumer Revolution

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. American consumer society, 1865-2005 : from hearth to HDTV ISBN: 9780882952642 (pbk.); 0882952641 (pbk.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009.

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. The Color Revolution. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012. (online)

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. Imagining consumers : design and innovation from Wedgwood to Corning ISBN: 0801869145 (pbk.); 0801861934. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Leach, William R. “Transformations in a Culture of Consumption: Women and Department Stores, 1890-1925,” The Journal of American history 71 (September 1984): 319-342.

Miller, Michael B. The Bon Marche: Bourgeois Culture and the Department Store, 1869-1920 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981). (online)

Stearns, Peter N. “Stages of Consumerism: Recent Work on the Issues of Periodization,” The journal of modern history. ISSN: 0022-2801; 1537-5358 69 (March 1997): 102-117.

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Week 19: Lecture and Tutorial: The American Model in the US and Abroad

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

Chandler, Alfred D., Jr. “The Beginnings of ‘Big Business‘ in American Industry," Business history review. 33:1 (Spring 1959): 1-31.

De Grazia, Victoria, “Americanization and Changing Paradigms of Consumer Modernity, France, 1930-1990,” Sites ISSN: 1026-0218 1 (1997): 191-213.

Godley, Andrew. “Selling the Sewing Machine Around the World: Singer’s International Marketing Strategies, 1850-1920," Enterprise and society. 7, no. 2 (June 2006): 266-314.

Hamilton, Shane. “The Economies and Conveniences of Modern-Day Living: Frozen Foods and Mass Marketing, 1945-1965,” Business history review 77 (Spring 2003): 33-60.

Roberts, Evan, “’Don’t Sell Things, Sell Effects’: Overseas Influences in New Zealand Department Stores, 1909-1956," Business history review 77, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 265-289.

Spiekermann, Uwe. “Redefining Food: The Standardization of Products and Production in Europe and the United States, 1880-1914," History and technology. 27, no. 1 (2011): 11-36.

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Week 20: Lecture: Banana Republics

Readings for the Lecture:

Colby, Jason M. “Race, Empire, and New England Capital in the Caribbean, 1890-1930," The Massachusetts Historical Review 11 (2009): 1-25.

Langdon, Robert. “The Banana as a Key to Early American and Polynesian History," The journal of Pacific history. 28, no. 1 (June 1993): 15-35.

Mintz, Sidney W. "The Culture History of a Puerto Rican Sugar Can Plantation, 1876-1949," The Hispanic American historical review 33 (May 1953): 224-251.


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Week 21: Lecture and Tutorial: Interrogating Technology

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. The Color Revolution. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012. (online)

Campbell-Kelly, and William Aspray. Computer: A History of the Information Machine, 2d ed. Oxford: Westview, 2004.

Edgerton, David. “Innovation, Technology, or History: What Is the Historiography of Technology About? ” Technology and culture. 51, no. 3 (July 2010): 680-697.

Heilbroner, Robert L. “Do Machines Make History? ” In Does technology drive history? : the dilemma of technological determinism, edited by Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994.

Nye, David E. Technology Matters: Questions to Live With. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006. (online)

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Week 22: Lecture and Tutorial: Oil Makes the World Go Round

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

"Oil in American History," special issue of The Journal of American history. 99 (June 2012): 1-395.

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Week 23: Lecture: Travels through the Global Economy

Readings for the Lecture:

Applebaum, Richard, and Nelson Lichtenstein. “A New World of Retail Supremacy: Supply Chains and Workers’ Chains in the Age of Wal-Mart," International labor and working class history 70 (Fall 2006): 106-125.

Miller, Michael B. Europe and the maritime world : a twentieth century history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. (online)

Levinson, Marc, The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger ISBN: 9780691136400 (pbk.); 0691136408 (pbk.). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. (online).

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Week 24: Lecture and Tutorial: The Major Themes of the Module (Review for Exam)

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