Haggerty & Haggerty: Avoiding “Musty Mutton Chops”: The Network Narrative of an American Merchant in London, 1771-1774

Posted on: March 15th, 2018 by EBHS No Comments

Editors of the Essays in Economic and Business History announce the publication of John and Sheryllynne Haggerty’s In Press article forthcoming in the May 2018 printed volume of the journal.

Avoiding “Musty Mutton Chops”: The Network Narrative of an American Merchant in London, 1771-1774

Historians have increasingly been using network and narrative analysis as a means by which to explore their data. By doing so, they are able to explore how actors of interest used their relationships to undertake business and economic endeavors, and how, in turn, these were shaped by the discourse to which they had access. This paper presents a novel methodology using visual analytics to combine both social network (relationship) and textual (sentiment) analysis to visualize the information contained in historical sources over time. The definition of network narrative posited in this paper allows the historian to quantify and therefore assess the impact of, and reaction to, endogenous and exogenous events on actor networks. In order demonstrate the applicability of this approach, we apply it to the case study of Joshua Johnson, an American merchant in London during the 1772 credit crisis. This paper builds on the more recent network studies which show that networks were not only complex, but changed over time in reaction to events.

Fishback: The Newest on the New Deal

Posted on: March 8th, 2018 by EBHS No Comments

Editors of the Essays in Economic and Business History announce the publication of Price Fishback’s In Press article forthcoming in the May 2018 printed volume of the journal.

The Newest on the New Deal

Price Fishback

This paper is a written version of the keynote speech presented at the Economic and Business History Society conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 26, 2017. I summarize existing research on the distribution and impact of New Deal spending and lending programs and also discuss several new strains of New Deal research.

Perry: Colonial Transatlantiques: The French Line in Algeria, 1880-1940

Posted on: March 8th, 2018 by EBHS No Comments

Editors of the Essays in Economic and Business History announce the publication of John H. Perry’s In Press article forthcoming in the May 2018 printed volume of the journal.

Colonial Transatlantiques: The French Line in Algeria, 1880-1940

John H. Perry

France’s largest and most prestigious company, the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique—known colloquially as the French Line—is best-known for its North Atlantic ocean liners. However, after 1880, it added the Mediterranean to its sphere of operations connecting Marseille with Algeria—the jewel in the crown of the French empire. The French Line’s move into colonial waters at first glance seems a strange move given its sphere of operations on the North Atlantic. However, the company founders, the Pereire brothers, and succeeding presidents that hailed from Marseille were deeply interested in Algeria as a market from the company’s founding and it formed a significant sphere of operations within the French Line and an important institution of colonial Algeria. This article brings to light the hidden colonial history of the French Line and its experience as a servant and shaper of empire.