The history of video games

Hagley’s History Hangouts continue to bring really interesting and unique subjects to light. You may want to follow this with the Netflix documentary on Atari and the nostalgia-heavy Stranger Things game on the iPhone…

Here’s the message from the Hagley team:

New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout

In this episode, Gregory Hargreaves interviews Kevin Bunch about his research into the early history of video games, and his innovative use of Hagley materials to recreate forgotten games. In support of his project, Bunch, a writer & communications specialist at the International Joint Commission, received support from the Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society.   What makes a video game system commercially successful, and is it possible to resurrect failed and forgotten video games? The RCA collections at the Hagley Library hold the answer to these questions and many more, and the work of Kevin Bunch bring them to light. Combining archival research, oral history, data retrieval, and game emulation, Bunch brings forgotten aspects of twentieth-century computer and video game history to life for a new generation.  

The audio-only version of this program is available on our podcast.

 Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-kevin-bunch

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

Changes to BHC Weblog

The Exchange, the weblog of the US-based Business History Conference (BHC), is now part of the website (https://thebhc.org). The Exchange was founded by Pat Denault over a decade ago, and it has become an essential channel for announcements from and about the BHC and from our subscribers and members. Announcements from The Exchange will come up on the News section of the BHC website as they did before. However, if you wish to receive these announcements via email, and you have not done so yet, please subscribe to The Exchange by:

  1. Going to the website’s homepage (https://thebhc.org), scrolling down to the end of the page, and clicking on “Subscribe to the Latest BHC News.”
  1. Or go to the “News” section of the website’s homepage (https://thebhc.org/), and click on “The Exchange” to subscribe. Press Subscribe once you are in the blog’s page
  1. Click here https://thebhc.org/exchange and press Subscribe.

Pulitzer Prize in History for “Franchise”

Now, you may have known this already, but I only recently became aware that this year’s Pulitzer Prize in History has gone to a work of business history:

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, by Marcia Chatelain (Liveright/Norton)

As the award notice says, this is a nuanced account of the complicated role the fast-food industry plays in African-American communities, a portrait of race and capitalism that masterfully illustrates how the fight for civil rights has been intertwined with the fate of Black businesses.

Previously the book won the New York Times Times Critics Top Books of 2020:

From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America.

https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/marcia-chatelain

Now there’s some summer reading for you.

New Business History article collection on History and Organization Studies

The annual EGOS conference has started and with several sub-themes devoted to history, memory and the past, Business History is celebrating the continued vibrancy of research at the intersection between History & Organization with an article collection of key pieces published in the journal over the years.

While not an exhaustive list by any means, this collection curates some of the significant and unusual pieces that have contributed to a range of debates across these fields, starting with the influential special issue edited by Behlül Üsdiken und Alfred Kieser “History in Organization Studies” (2004). This has been followed by articles and key special issues such as “The Age of Strategy: Strategy, Organizations and Society” (2013), “New Business History?” (2015), “Narrative Turn and Business History” (2017), “Historical research on institutional change” (2018). Such contributions have drawn from the long-standing engagement of business and organizational historians at conferences such as the European Group of Organization Studies, Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management, as well as from business and management scholars with a keen appreciation of the importance of history to organizational concerns.

If you are interested why not head over to Business History and take a look!

Post on behalf of the New Book Network (NBN) – Economic & Business History Channel

We are seeking hosts for NBN Economic and Business History Channel and NBN en español [English below]

Estimad@s colegas;
Desde New Books Network, el pódcast más escuchado de entrevistas a escritores sobre sus libros a nivel mundial, escribimos con la intención de invitarles a unirse a New Books Network en español, nuestra plataforma de próximo lanzamiento. 
A continuación respondemos a algunas preguntas frecuentes que pueden surgir si aún no eres un anfitrión en un canal de New Books Network.
¿En qué consiste?
En leer y grabar una conversación con sus escritores favoritos sobre los libros que acaban de publicar.
¿A quién beneficia?
Es una forma de difundir la nueva publicación del autor y de ofrecer espacio en la red para promocionar su obra. También el anfitrión se beneficia porque no solo tiene la oportunidad de conversar con el autor sino que puede utilizar la entrevista también para promover su trabajo y conectar con otros investigadores y lectores. Nuestra misión es la difusión del conocimiento a través de las tecnologías digitales. Muchos anfitriones también utilizan sus entrevistas como publicaciones y por tanto como servicio a la Academia.
¿Lleva mucho tiempo realizar las entrevistas?
No. Lees un libro de tu interés, haces la entrevista y lo demás lo hacen l@s editar@s de New Books Network. Cuando tu entrevista esté publicada en NBNes puedes utilizar el URL en tus redes sociales e incluso en tu página académica o de trabajo.

¿Estás interesado? Regístrate como anfitrión en https://newbooksnetwork.com/hosts/become-a-host y menciona que quieres hacer entrevistas en español o escríbenos a newbooksnetworkes@gmail.com

Agradecemos la difusión de este mensaje. 

Dear colleagues;
The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media. Covering 90+ subjects, disciplines, and genres, we publish 55 episodes every week and serve a large, worldwide audience. We will soon launch a new platform for interviews conducted entirely in Spanish. If you are interested in becoming a host in the NBN Economic and Business History Channel or any other, apply here https://newbooksnetwork.com/hosts/become-a-host

FAQ
What will I be doing?
Read books and record a conversation with your favorite authors and colleagues about the books they recently published.
What are the benefits?
This is a way to disseminate new ideas while promoting new books through conversations with their authors. The host can expand their network by connecting with researchers and readers, while also having the opportunity of talking in-depth with colleagues about their new books. Our mission is the dissemination of knowledge through digital technologies. Hosts can also use the interviews as publications and include them as service to the profession.
It is time-consuming to collaborate?
No: you read a book that interests you, schedule and conduct the interview, and the post-production process is in the hands of the editors. When we publish the interview you can post the URL on your social media or on your academic/work webpage.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us (marshallpoe@newbooksnetwork.com) and (newbooksnetworkes@gmail.com)

Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, Ph.D.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3535-7195

FT draws on business historical research

A recent opinion piece in the FT on the importance for strategic adaptability for long-term company survival drew on research published in Business History:

Death on the stock exchange: The fate of the 1948 population of large UK quoted companies, 1948–2018

G. Meeks & G. Whittington: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00076791.2021.1893696

The issue of long-term survival is not one often addressed in strategy, and with shorter tenures for top management teams, such long-term considerations are overshadowed by more short-term concerns. Yet the experience of the Pandemic has brought the issue of survival and strategic innovations back to the fore, as the FT cogently argues.

Business History will make this article available open access from next week.

To read the FT article, follow this gift link to the FT: https://on.ft.com/3gP6KQ2

BisHisCol Webinar – Private origins of the public sector: West German businesses, state enterprise and development planning in India and Nigeria, c. 1954-1985

29/06/2021 16.00 UK

Register here

Presenter: Stefan Tetzlaff (Humboldt University)
Chair: Adam Nix (De Montfort University)

This project investigates the interrelationship between West German businesses, state enterprise and the trajectory of development planning in India and Nigeria in two crucial but different double decades of development, i.e. in the 1950s/1960s and in the 1970s/1980s. Analyzing these very different but lavishly funded West German aid projects will not only allow us to define what was specific about the two double decades of development, but also give us a sense of how a wide range of actors from industrialized and developing countries changed course and came to participate in or profit from projects in the public sector.

Reminder to contribute to online bibliography on Business & Power in business history

Dear colleagues, 

I write to request your collaboration in creating a bibliography on Business and Power. Professor Neil Rollings #BHC2021online Presidential Address generated a vivid conversation/chat among business historians on the definitions of power and the vast literature available to expand this discussion. The BHC seeks to document such debate and contribute to developing scholarship on the topic by creating an open bibliography on Business and Power. Please contribute your reference suggestions by adding full citations (and DOI numbers and URLs if possible) to https://docs.google.com/document/d/104PG0gku_SuaQJAqxk0HAp_zs9OvfYs2ZxGvshThCr0/edit?usp=sharing. Once this list is reasonably complete, we will curate it and transfer it to Zotero, and later open it for membership and public suggestions. 

Please add your references to the document or create sections such as Feminist Theory, Definitions of Power in Political Thought, or Business and Power.  

New Hagley History Hangout episodes

 New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout—In this episode, Gregory Hargreaves interviews Danya Pilgrim about her book project “Gastronomic Alchemy: How Black Philadelphia Caterers Transformed Taste into Capital, 1790-1925.” In support of her research, Pilgrim, assistant professor at Temple University, received exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont research grants from the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society.

In “Gastronomic Alchemy,” Pilgrim reveals the development and efflorescence of a Philadelphia catering industry owned and operated by African American waiters, brokers, cooks, & others. Through their work, black caterers earned economic success and cultural influence in Philadelphia that combined to form meaningful capital, which helped to create and support a vibrant black community. By uncovering this process of capital formation, Dr. Pilgrim “illuminates how one group of African Americans fought for self-determination in every aspect of their lives.”

Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-danya-pilgrim.  

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

BizHisCol Webinar – Economic histories of slavery and abolition (double feature)

08/06/2021 16.00 UK

Register here

Presenters: Kate Ekama (Stellenbosch University) and Alexandra Garrett (Iona College)
Chair: Nicholas Wong (Northumbria University)

Profiting from Slavery after Abolition: Emancipation and the Business of Compensation in the Cape Colony

Kate Ekama (Stellenbosch University)

This paper investigates the hitherto unexplored role that agents played in claiming the £1 million the British Government allocated to former slaveholders in the Cape Colony after emancipation of the enslaved in 1834. Close analysis of the accounts of one firm, Thomson, Watson & Co., reveals the importance of London contacts to provide finance to buy claims. Within the Colony the firm, agents themselves, used commission agents to buy claims. By purchasing claims at a discount, the firm profited from slavery after abolition, which profits probably facilitated its continued success in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Virginia State Penitentiary and the Incarcerated Goods Market in Richmond, Virginia (1800-1820)

Alexandra Garrett (Iona College)

This paper uses the Records of the Virginia State Penitentiary (Library of Virginia Manuscripts) and nineteenth century Richmond newspapers to explore the relationships among prisoners, those employed by the state to control them, those who sold prisoners’ wares, those who bought prisoners’ wares, and those business owners who competed with them in the Richmond goods market. I argue that competing forms of unfree labor undergirded the Richmond market and enabled the sale of an increasingly diverse set of manufactured goods to Richmond’s inhabitants. I also suggest that through the Penitentiary, the state weakened white individuals’ attempts at manufacturing in the early Republic, despite promising economic opportunity to ex-convicts and business owners alike.