The focus of these works is on the act of writing history: what are the rewards and pitfalls of the concepts, interpretive frameworks, methods, and sources that historians bring to bear as they "make" history?
Passow, Richard. "Kapitalismus": Eine begrifflich-terminologische Studie. 2nd rev. ed. Jena: G. Fischer, 1927.
Gras, N. S. B. "Capitalism—Concepts and History." Bulletin of the Business Historical Society 16, no. 2 (April 1942): 21-42.
Gras, N. S. B. "What Is Capitalism in the Light of History?" Bulletin of the Business Historical Society 21, no. 4 (October 1, 1947): 79-120.
Bloch, Marc. "Toward a Comparative History of European Socieities." In Enterprise and Secular Change: Readings in Economic History, edited by Frederic C. Lane and Jelle C. Riemersma, 494-521. Homewood, Ill: R. D. Irwin, 1953.
Lively, Robert A. "The American System: A Review Article." Business History Review 29, no. 1 (March 1955): 81-96.
Fischer, David Hackett. Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.
Lukes, Steven. Power: A Radical View. New York and London: Macmillan, 1974 (2nd ed., New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Skocpol, Theda, and Margaret Somers. "The Uses of Comparative History in Macrosocial Inquiry." Comparative Studies in Society and History 22, no. 2 (April 1980): 174-197.
North, Douglass C. Structure and Change in Economic History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1981.
Stapleton, Darwin H., and David A. Hounshell. "The Discipline of the History of American Technology: An Exchange." Journal of American History 68, no. 4 (1982): 897-902.
Staudenmaier, John M. Technology's Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric. Cambridge, Mass.: Society for the History of Technology and the MIT Press, 1985.
Field, Alexander J. . "The Future of Economic History." In The Future of Economic History, edited by idem. 1-42. Boston: Kluwer Nijhoff Publishing, 1987.
McCraw, Thomas, ed. The Essential Alfred Chandler: Essays Toward a Historical Theory of Big Business. Abridged ed. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1988.
Lipartito, Kenneth. "Culture and the Practice of Business History." Business and Economic History 24 (Winter 1995): 1-41.
Merrill, Michael. "Putting 'Capitalism' in Its Place: A Review of Recent Literature." William and Mary Quarterly 3rd ser., 52 (April 1995): 315-326.
John, Richard R. "Elaborations, Revisions, Dissents: Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.'s, 'The Visible Hand' after Twenty Years." Business History Review 71, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 151-200.
Smith, Bonnie G. The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.
White, Richard. "The Nationalization of Nature." Journal of American History 86, no. 3 (1999): 976-986.
Applegate, Celia. "A Europe of Regions: Reflections on the Historiography of Sub-National Places in Modern Times." American Historical Review 104, no. 4 (October 1999): 1157-1182.
Limerick, Patricia Nelson. "Going West and Ending up Global." Western Historical Quarterly 32, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 5-23.
Bender, Thomas, ed. Rethinking American History in a Global Age. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
Fitzpatrick, Ellen F. History's Memory: Writing America's Past, 1880-1980. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.
Klein, Hans K., and Daniel Lee Kleinman. "The Social Construction of Technology: Structural Considerations." Science, Technology, and Human Values 27, no. 1 (Winter 2002): 28-52.
Lamoreaux, Naomi R. "Rethinking the Transition to Capitalism in the Early American Northeast." Journal of American History 90, no. 2 (2003): 437-461.
Lamoreaux, Naomi R., Daniel M. G. Raff and Peter Temin. "Beyond Markets and Hierarchies: Toward a New Synthesis of American Business History." American Historical Review 108, no. 2 (2003): 404-433.
Manning, Patrick. Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Baldwin, Peter. "Comparing and Generalizing: Why All History Is Comparative, Yet No History Is Sociology." In Comparison and History: Europe in Cross-National Perspective, 1-22. Edited by Deborah Cohen and Maura O'Connor. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Sewell, William H. Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Tyrrell, Ian. Historians in Public: The Practice of American History, 1890-1970. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Bender, Thomas. A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
Usselman, Steven W. "Classics Revisited: Still Visible: Alfred D. Chandler's 'The Visible Hand'." Technology and Culture 47, no. 3 (July 2006): 584-596.
Eley, Geoff, and Keith Nield. The Future of Class in History: What's Left of the Social? Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.
Tyrrell, Ian. Transnational Nation: United States History in Global Perspective Since 1789. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Boydston, Jeanne. "Gender as a Question of Historical Analysis." Gender and History 20, no. 3 (2008): 558-583.
Organization of American Historians. America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History. Edited by Gary W. Reichard and Ted Dickson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
Sewell, Jr., William H. "The Temporalities of Capitalism." Socio-Economic Review 6 (2008): 517-537.
Gräser, Marcus. "World History in a Nation-State: The Transnational Disposition in Historical Writing in the United States." Journal of American History 95, no. 4 (March 2009): 1038-1052.
Staudenmaier, John M., SJ. "SHOT at Fifty." Technology and Culture 50, no. 3 (2009): 623-630.
Rothenberg, Winifred B. "American Economic History: Economics? Or History?" Historical Methods 42, no. 4 (Fall 2009): 129-134.
"AHR Exchange: On the 'Myth' of the 'Weak' State." American Historical Review 115, no. 3 (June 2010): 766-800.
Banner, James M., Jr. A Century of American Historiography. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.
Edgerton, David. "Innovation, Technology, or History: What Is the Historiography of Technology About?" Technology and Culture 51, no. 3 (2010): 680-697.
Evans, Sterling. "Recent Developments in Transnational Environmental History." Radical History Review 2010, no. 107 (Spring 2010): 195-208.
Gutiérrez, Ramón, and Elliott Young. "Transnationalizing Borderlands History." Western Historical Quarterly 41 (Spring 2010): 27-53.
Haupt, Heinz-Gerhard, and Jürgen Kocka, eds. Comparative and Transnational History: Central European Approaches and New Perspectives. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.
Sewell, William H., Jr. . "A Strange Career: The Historical Study of Economic Life." History and Theory 49, no. 4 (December 2010): 146-166.
Boldizzoni, Francesco. The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.
Foner, Eric, and Lisa McGirr, eds. American History Now. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. Includes: Beckert, Sven. "History of American Capitalism."
Woolf, D. R. A Global History of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Banner, James M., Jr. Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Jones, Geoffrey, Marco H. D. van Leeuwen and Stephen Broadberry. "The Future of Economic, Business, and Social History." Scandinavian Economic History Review 60, no. 3 (2012): 225-253.
Marks, S. G. "The Word 'Capitalism': The Soviet Union's Gift to America." Society 49 (2012): 155-163.
Sklansky, Jeffrey. "The Elusive Sovereign: New Intellectual and Social Histories of Capitalism." Modern Intellectual History 9, no. 1 (2012): 233-248.
Scranton, Philip, and Patrick Fridenson. Reimagining Business History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Barreyre, Nicolas, Michael Heale, Stephen Tuck, and Cécile Vidal, eds. Historians across Borders: Writing American History in a Global Age. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.
Rockman, Seth. "What Makes the History of Capitalism Newsworthy?" Journal of the Early Republic 34, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 439-466.
Sklansky, Jeffrey. "Labor, Money, and the Financial Turn in the History of Capitalism." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 11, no. 1 (2014): 23-46.
Hoffman, Philip T. "What Do States Do? Politics and Economic History." Journal of Economic History 75, no. 2 (June 2015): 303-332.
Boldizzoni, Francesco, and Pat Hudson, eds. Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Kocka, Jürgen, and Marcel van der Linden, eds. Capitalism: The Reemergence of a Historical Concept. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Lipartito, Kenneth. "Reassembling the Economic: New Departures in Historical Materialism." American Historical Review 121, no. 1 (February 2016): 101-139.
Purcell, Edward A. "Capitalism and Risk: Concepts, Consequences, and Ideologies." Buffalo Law Review 64, no. 1 (January 2016): 23-60.
Putnam, Lara. "The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast," American Historical Review 121, no. 2 (April 2016): 376-402.
Barreyre, Nicolas, and Alexia Blin. "À la redécouverte du capitalisme américain." Revue d'histoire du XIX/e siècle 54, no. 1 (2017): 135-148.
Friedman, Walter A. "Recent Trends in Business History Research: Capitalism, Democracy, and Innovation." Enterprise and Society 18, no. 4 (December 2017): 748-771.
Hilt, Eric. "Economic History, Historical Analysis, and the 'New History of Capitalism'." Journal of Economic History 77, no. 2 (June 2017): 511-536.
Levy, Jonathan. "Capital as Process and the History of Capitalism." Business History Review 91, no. 3 (2017): 483-510.
Theorising Narrative in Business History (special issue), Business History 59, no. 8 (November 2017).
Includes: Pamela Walker Laird, "How Business Historians Can Save the World—From the Fallacy of Self-Made Success," 1201-1217.
Wadhwani, Daniel, and Christina Lubinski. "Reinventing Entrepreneurial History." Business History Review 91 (Winter 2017): 768-799.
Eichengreen, Barry. "Financial History, Historical Analysis, and the New History of Finance Capital." Capitalism 1, no. 1 (Fall 2019): 20-58.
Foreman-Peck, James, Daniel Raff, and Peter Scott. "Introduction: Leslie Hannah and Business History in His Time." Business History 61, no. 7 (October 2019): 1091-1107.