Tag Archives: Economic History

Some Reflections on Imperial Port Cities in the Age of Steam

Lasse Heerten, Freie Universität Berlin, and Daniel Tödt, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin Let’s judge some books by their covers. In the recently flourishing literature on global and imperial history, port cities have become ubiquitous icons, visual shorthand … Continue reading

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Analyzing the Palimpsestic Petroleumscape of Rotterdam

By Carola Hein, Delft University of Technology Petroleum – its extraction, refining, transformation, and consumption – has shaped our built environment in visible and invisible interconnected ways around the world over the last 150 years. Industrial structures, buildings, monuments, urban … Continue reading

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Mapping as Process: Food Access in Nineteenth-Century New York

Gergely Baics, Barnard College, Columbia University Geographic information system (GIS) has changed social science and humanities research through spatial analysis. It has reinvigorated the spatial turn, which has swept many fields in the past decades, improving their empirical foundations, methodological … Continue reading

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From Lancashire to the World: The Manchester Ship Canal and Globalization

Harry Stopes, University College London “The ship, prophetic feature of the City Arms, will be no longer a prophecy of what is to be; it will be the symbol of what is, the Port of Manchester, with that other feature … Continue reading

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Of Rags and Riches

David Huyssen, Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890–1920, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 2014, 392 pp, 38,- €, ISBN 978-0674281400. Reviewed by Björn Blaß, Max Planck Institute for Human Development “Neither any continental city nor even London … Continue reading

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Vicissitudes of Globality: The Many Connections of Eighteenth-century Charleston

Emma Hart, University of St Andrews What is the promise of global urban history for the pre-nineteenth-century era? As the vast majority of discussion about cities and “the global” continue to focus on the decades after 1850, I want to … Continue reading

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When New Orleans Took on New York

Bruce E. Baker, Barbara Hahn, The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press 2015, 232 pp, £19.99, ISBN 9780190211653. Reviewed by Catherine Davies, FernUniversität in Hagen In 1903, the American … Continue reading

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The “Spiritual Capital” of the Rust Belt: Pittsburgh and the Postindustrial Transformation of North Atlantic Cities

Tracy Neumann, Harvard University / Wayne State University In 1973, Daniel Bell’s The Coming of Post-Industrial Society hit bookshelves just as the golden age of postwar capitalism wound to an end. In it, Bell described post-industrial society as one in … Continue reading

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Berlin, 1873: A New Imperial Center and a Transatlantic Financial Crisis

Catherine Davies, FernUniversität in Hagen When thinking about the interrelationship between the urban and the global, stock exchanges may yield valuable insights. A quintessentially urban locale, they were often seen as institutions that brought global events home with much force … Continue reading

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Detroit: Capital of the Automotive Age

Stefan Link, Dartmouth College In 1913, Detroit’s Ford Motor Company made history when it introduced moving assembly lines into car manufacturing. In 2013, the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. A century ago, Detroit was a fast-growing metropolis, attracting immigrants from … Continue reading

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