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HIST2654 Global Business History Reading List 2021/22 Semester 2

Global Business History, 2021/22, Semester 2
Professor Regina Blaszczyk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Allen, Robert C., Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Online resource.     

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

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

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Week 1: Lecture and Tutorial: Introduction: 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).  Online resource.

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 2: Lecture and Tutorial: Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, or What We Can Learn from the History of a Single Commodity


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). Online resource.


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Week 3: Lecture and Tutorial: Trade and the First Global Economy, 1500-1914


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.

Clulow, Adam, and Tristan Mostert, eds., The Dutch and English East India Companies: Diplomacy, Trade and Violence in Early Modern Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. Electronic resource.    

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 100/101 (2005): 183-202.

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

Hancock, David, “Managing from a ‘Merchant’s Public Counting-House’,” chapter 3 in Citizens of the World: London Merchants and the Integration of the British Atlantic Community, 1735-1785 Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995, pp. 85-114.        Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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

Matson, Cathy, “Putting the Lydia to Sea: The Material Economy of Shipping in Colonial Philadelphia,” William and Mary Quarterly 74 (April 2017): 303-332.


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Week 4: Lecture: The British Industrial Revolution. Why Then? Why There?


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 5 (March 2010): 1-28. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva (in Online Course Readings Folder)


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Week 5: Lecture and Tutorial: Textiles, Clothing and Fashion: Globalisation in a Nutshell


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

Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A New History of Global Capitalism London: Allen Lane, 2014. Online resource.       

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

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

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. Online Resource.   

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. Electronic resource.

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

Riello, Giorgio, Cotton: The Fabric that Changed the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Electronic resource.       

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

Toms, Steven, Financing Cotton: British Industrial Growth and Decline, 1780-2000. UK: Boydell Press, 2000. Electronic resource.        


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Week 6: Lecture: The Second Industrial Revolution and the Consumer Revolution


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

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). Electronic resource.

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 7: Lecture and Tutorial: The American Model in the US and Abroad

Readings :

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.

Hounshell, David A. From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984). Online resource. 

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 8: Lecture and Tutorial: Banana Republics


Bucheli, Marcelo. Bananas and Business: The United Fruit Company in Columbia, 1899-2000. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. Electronic resource.         

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.

Mintz, Sidney W.  Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.  New York: Penguin Books, 1985.  Electronic resource.


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Week 9: Lecture and Tutorial: Interrogating Technology : The Case of Color Management.

Readings for the Lecture and Tutorial:

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. The Color Revolution. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012. Electronic resource. 

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, and Ben Wubs, eds. The fashion forecasters : The Hidden History of Color and Trend Prediction. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018 (in the Berg Fashion Library).  Electronic resource.       

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.  Electronic Resource.     

Nye, David E. Technology Matters: Questions to Live With. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006. Electronic resource.


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Week 10: 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 11: Lecture and Tutorial: 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. Electronic resource.

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. Electronic resource.

This list was last updated on 22/01/2022