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Readings

These pages offer an introduction to the history of capitalism, or at least to the literature that has informed my views. Except on the Online exhibits page, the readings are organized by original publication year.

Please feel free to propose additions or corrections to my lists, which I will revise as time permits.

On the history of capitalism*


This page lists some classics but is weighted towards more recent publications. It is also leans very strongly towards U.S. history, since that is what I taught for many years. Parsimony, the reader will see, is not a characteristic of this list, although I have resisted the impulse to include everything I've ever read!

* Readings on the history of corporations are on a separate page.

Foundational works in U.S. economic history published by the Carnegie Institution, 1915-1938, have tended to be overlooked by recent generations of scholars. To assess fully the history of the "history of capitalism," however, they, together with the Economic History of the United States series (below), are indispensable. The Carnegie publications included:

    History of Labour in the United States, 4 vols (vol. 1), by Commons et al.
    Clark's History of Manufactures in the United States, 3 vols. (vol. 1)
    Gray's History of Agriculture in the Southern United States to 1860, 2 vols. (vol. 1)

Another set of classics appeared in the Economic History of the United States series, 1945-1962:

    The Economic History of the United States by David et al.
    Nettels' The Emergence of a National Economy, 1775-1815
    Gates' The Farmer's Age: Agriculture 1815-1860
    Taylor's The Transportation Revolution 1815-1860
    Shannon's The Farmer's Last Frontier: Agriculture, 1860-1897
    Faulkner's The Decline of Laissez Faire, 1897-1917
    Soule's Prosperity Decade: From War to Depression, 1917-1929
    Mitchell's Depression Decade: From New Era through New Deal, 1929-1941
    Kirkland's Industry Comes of Age: Business, Labor and Public Policy, 1860-1897

My (idiosyncratic) bibliography of go-to works:

    Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. 1944; Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.
    Hurst, James Willard. Law and the Conditions of Freedom in the Nineteenth-Century United States. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1956.
    Aitken, Hugh G. J. Scientific Management in Action: Taylorism at Watertown Arsenal, 1908-1915. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960 (reprint, Princeton University Press, 1985).
    Rostow, W. W. The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960 (3rd ed., 1990).
    Gerschenkron, Alexander. Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1962.
    Fogel, Robert William. Railroads and American Economic Growth: Essays in Econometric History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1964.
    Hurst, James Willard. Law and Economic Growth: The Legal History of the Lumber Industry in Wisconsin, 1836-1915. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964 (reissued, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984).
    Landes, David S. author. The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969.
    Lazonick, William. "Industrial Relations and Technological Change: The Case of the Self-Acting Mule." Cambridge Journal of Economics 3 (1979): 231-262.
    Scheiber, Harry N. Ohio Canal Era: A Case Study of Government and the Economy, 1820-1861. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1969 (third printing 2012).
    Starobin, Robert S. Industrial Slavery in the Old South. London: Oxford University Press, 1970.
    Wilkins, Mira. The Emergence of Multinational Enterprise: American Business Abroad from the Colonial Era to 1914. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1970.
    Porter, Glenn, and Harold C. Livesay. Merchants and Manufacturers: Studies in the Changing Structure of Nineteenth-Century Marketing. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins Press, 1971.
    Wilkins, Mira. The Maturing of Multinational Enterprise American Business Abroad from 1914 to 1970. Harvard Studies in Business History 27. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974.
    Scheiber, Harry N. "Federalism and the American Economic Order, 1789-1910." Law and Society Review 10, no. 1 (1975): 57-118.
    Brandes, Stuart D. American Welfare Capitalism, 1880-1940. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
    Marglin, Stephen A. "What Do Bosses Do? The Origins and Functions of Hierarchy in Capitalist Production." In The Division of Labour: The Labour Process and Class-Struggle in Modern Capitalism, edited by André Gorz, 13-54. Atlantic Highlands, N.J: Humanities Press, 1976.Cf. Landes, "What Do Bosses Really Do?" (1986).
    Chandler, Alfred D., Jr. The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business. Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1977.
    Noble, David F. America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism. Ovford: Oxford University Press, 1977.
    Smith, Merritt Roe. Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology: The Challenge of Change. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1977.
    James, John A. Money and Capital Markets in Postbellum America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.
    Vogel, David. "Why Businessmen Distrust Their State: The Political Consciousness of American Corporate Executives." British Journal of Political Science 8, no. 1 (January 1978): 45-78.
    Cottrell, P. L. Industrial Finance, 1830-1914: The Finance and Organization of English Manufacturing Industry. London and New York: Methuen, 1979.
    Horn, Norbert, and Jürgen Kocka, eds. Recht und Entwicklung der Großunternehmen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert: Wirtschafts-, sozial- und rechtshistorische Untersuchungen zur Industrialisierung in Deutschland, Frankreich, England und den USA (= Law and the formation of big enterprises in the 19th and early 20th centuries: studies in the history of industrialization in Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1979.
    Chandler, Alfred D., Jr., and Herman Daems, eds. Managerial Hierarchies: Comparative Perspectives on the Rise of the Modern Industrial Enterprise. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980.
    Hughes, Thomas P. "The Order of the Technological World." History of Technology 5 (1980): 1-16.
    Chused, Richard H. "Married Women's Property Law: 1800-1850." Georgetown Law Journal 71, no. 5 (June 1983): 1359-1426.
    Licht, Walter. Working for the Railroads: The Organization of Work in the Nineteenth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983.
    Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave. New York: Basic Books, 1983.
    Hughes, Thomas P. Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.
    Scranton, Philip. Proprietary Capitalism: The Textile Manufacture at Philadelphia, 1800-1885. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
    Rothschild, Joan, ed. Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology. New York: Pergamon Press, 1983.
    McCraw, Thomas K. Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1984.
    Noble, David F. Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
    Piore, Michael J., and Charles F. Sabel. The Second Industrial Divide: Possibilities for Prosperity. New York: Basic Books, 1984.
    Chused, Richard H. "Late Nineteenth Century Married Women's Property Law: Reception of the Early Married Women's Property Acts by Courts and Legislatures." American Journal of Legal History 29, no. 1 (1985): 3-35.
    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, 1985.
    Kulik, Gary. "Dams, Fish, and Farmers: Defense of Public Rights in Eighteenth-Century Rhode Island." In The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation: Essays in the Social History of Rural America, edited by Steven Hahn and Jonathan Prude, 25-50. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.
    Lamoreaux, Naomi. The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
    Sabel, Charles, and Jonathan Zeitlin. "Historical Alternatives to Mass Production: Politics, Markets and Technology in Nineteenth-Century Industrialization." Past and Present, no. 108 (August 1985): 133-176.
    Appadurai, Arjun, ed. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
    David, Paul A. "Understanding the Economics of QWERTY: The Necessity of History." In Economic History and the Modern Economist, edited by William N. Parker, 30-49. Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1986.
    Landes, David S. "What Do Bosses Really Do?" Journal of Economic History 46, no. 3 (September 1986): 585-623. Cf. Margolin, "What Do Bosses Do?" (1976).
    Salmon, Marylynn. Women and the Law of Property in Early America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.
    Bijker, Wiebe E., Thomas P. Hughes, and Trevor J. Pinch, eds. The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1987.
    Dubofsky, Melvyn. "Technological Change and American Worker Movements, 1870-1970." In Technology, the Economy, and Society: The American Experience, edited by Joel Colton and Stuart Bruchey, 162-185. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987.
    McGaw, Judith A. Most Wonderful Machine: Mechanization and Social Change in Berkshire Paper Making, 1801-1885. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.
    Hounshell, David A., and John K. Smith. Science and Corporate Strategy: Du Pont R&D, 1902-1980. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
    Hughes, Thomas P. American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm. New York: Penguin Books, 1989.
    Peal, David. "The Politics of Populism: Germany and the American South in the 1890s." Comparative Studies in Society and History 31 (1989): 340-362.
    Scranton, Philip. Figured Tapestry: Production, Markets, and Power in Philadelphia Textiles, 1885-1941. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
    Strasser, Susan. Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market. New York: Pantheon Books, 1989; reprint ed., Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.
    Tadman, Michael. Speculators and Slaves: Masters, Traders, and Slaves in the Old South. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
    Wilkins, Mira. The History of Foreign Investment in the United States to 1914. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989.
    Chandler, Alfred D. Scale and Scope: The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1990.
    Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
    Keller, Morton. Regulating a New Economy: Public Policy and Economic Change in America, 1900-1933. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990.
    Nye, David E. Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1990.
    Schweninger, Loren. Black Property Owners in the South, 1790-1915. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990.
    Zunz, Olivier. Making America Corporate, 1870-1920. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
    Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W. W. Norton, 1991.
    Einhorn, Robin L. Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
    Jacoby, Sanford M., ed. Masters to Managers: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on American Employers. New York: Columbia University Press, c1991.
    Olney, Martha L. Buy Now, Pay Later: Advertising, Credit, and Consumer Durables in the 1920s. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.
    Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
    Steinberg, Theodore. Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England. Cambridge and New York Cambridge University Press, 1991.
    Steinfeld, Robert J. The Invention of Free Labor: The Employment Relation in English and American Law and Culture, 1350-1870. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.
    Ely, James W. The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992 (3rd ed., 2007).
    Freyer, Tony Allan. Regulating Big Business: Antitrust in Great Britain and America, 1880 to 1990. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
    Krause, Paul. The Battle for Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992.
    Crowley, John E. The Privileges of Independence: Neomercantilism and the American Revolution. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.
    Hattam, Victoria Charlotte. Labor Visions and State Power: The Origins of Business Unionism in the United States. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.
    Lichtenstein, Nelson, and Howell John Harris, eds. Industrial Democracy in America: The Ambiguous Promise. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1993.
    Smith, George David, and Richard Sylla. "The Transformation of Financial Capitalism: An Essay on the History of American Capital Markets." Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments 2, no. 2 (May 1993): 1-62.
    West, Carroll Van. Capitalism on the Frontier: Billings and the Yellowstone Valley in the Nineteenth Century. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
    Berk, Gerald. Alternative Tracks: The Constitution of American Industrial Order, 1865-1917. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
    Dew, Charles B. Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge. New York: W.W. Norton, 1994.
    Dunlavy, Colleen A. "Why Did American Business Get So Big?" Audacity 2, no. 3 (Spring 1994): 42-49. Excerpted in Major Problems in American Business History. Edited by Regina Blaszczyk and Philip Scranton. New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2006. pp. 257-263.
    Lamoreaux, Naomi. Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
    McGaw, Judith A., ed. Early American Technology: Making and Doing Things from the Colonial Era to 1850. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.
    Nolan, Mary. Visions of Modernity: American Business and the Modernization of Germany. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
    Shammas, Carole. "Re-assessing the Married Women's Property Acts." Journal of Women's History 6, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 9-30.
    Smith, Merritt Roe, and Leo Marx, eds. Does Technology Drive History?: The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994.
    Misa, Thomas J. A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
    Biggs, Lindy. The Rational Factory: Architecture, Technology, and Work in America's Age of Mass Production. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
    Capitalism in the Early Republic (special issue), Journal of the Early Republic 16 (Summer 1996).
    Eichengreen, Barry. Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996 (3rd ed., 2019).
    Novak, William J. The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
    Bussel, Robert. "'Business without a Boss': The Columbia Conserve Company and Workers' Control, 1917-1943." Business History Review 71 (1997): 417-443.
    Cooper, Gail. Air-conditioning America: Engineers and the Controlled Environment, 1900-1960. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
    Laird, Pamela Walker. Advertising Progress: American Business and the Rise of Consumer Marketing. Studies in Industry and Society. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
    Matson, Cathy. Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
    Nye, David E. Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998.
    Rodgers, Daniel T. Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
    Scranton, Philip. Endless Novelty: Specialty Production and American Industrialization, 1865-1925. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
    Stanley, Amy Dru. From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
    Strasser, Susan, Charles McGovern, and Matthias Judt, eds. Getting and Spending: European and American Consumer Societies in the Twentieth Century, Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
    Wahl, Jenny Bourne. The Bondsman's Burden: An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
    Walker, Juliet E. K. The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship. New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1998 (2d ed., University of North Carolina Press, 2009).
    Woeste, Victoria Saker. The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
    Cowie, Jefferson. Capital Moves : RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999.
    Johnson, Walter. Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999.
    Schatzberg, Eric. Wings of Wood, Wings of Metal: Culture and Technical Choice in American Airplane Materials, 1914-1945. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.
    Bensel, Richard Franklin. The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
    Ciepley, David. "Why the State Was Dropped in the First Place: A Prequel to Skocpol's 'Bringing the State Back In.''" Critical Review 14, no. 2/3 (2000): 157-213.
    Igler, David. "The Industrial Far West: Region and Nation in the Late Nineteenth Century." Pacific Historical Review 69, no. 2 (May 2000): 159-192.
    Laslett, John H. M. Colliers Across the Sea: A Comparative Study of Class Formation in Scotland and the American Midwest, 1830-1924. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.
    O'Sullivan, Mary. Contests for Corporate Control: Corporate Governance and Economic Performance in the United States and Germany. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
    Robertson, David Brian. Capital, Labor, and State: The Battle for American Labor Markets from the Civil War to the New Deal. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2000.
    Storrs, Landon R. Y. Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers' League, Women's Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
    Balleisen, Edward J. Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America. Chapel Hill, N.C: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
    Beckert, Sven. The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850-1896. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
    Boyd, William. "Making Meat: Science, Technology, and American Poultry Production." Technology and Culture 42, no. 4 (2001): 631-664.
    Dunlavy, Colleen A. "Bursting Through State Limits: Lessons from American Railroad History." In The State, Regulation, and the Economy: An Historical Perspective, 44-60. Edited by Lars Magnusson and Jan Ottosson. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2001.
    Hall, Peter A., and David W. Soskice, eds. Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
    Greene, Jack P., Rosemary Brana-Shute, and Randy J. Sparks, eds. Money, Trade, and Power: The Evolution of Colonial South Carolina's Plantation Society. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001.
    Pursell, Carroll, ed. American Technology. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2001.
    Steinfeld, Robert J. Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
    Gallay, Alan. The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
    Mandell, Nikki. The Corporation as Family: The Gendering of Corporate Welfare, 1890-1930. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
    Mann, Bruce H. Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.
    Mitchell, Timothy. Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
    Moss, David A. When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.
    Sklansky, Jeffrey P. The Soul's Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
    Thompson, Emily. The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.
    Vesser, Cyrus. A World Safe for Capitalism: Dollar Diplomacy and America's Rise to Global Power. Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
    Cohen, Lizabeth. A Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America. New York: Knopf, 2003.
    Gilman, Nils. Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
    Hamilton, Shane. "Cold Capitalism: The Political Ecology of Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice." Agricultural History 77, no. 4 (Autumn 2003): 557-581.
    Huston, James L. Calculating the Value of the Union: Slavery, Property Rights, and the Economic Origins of the Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
    Lerman, Nina E, Ruth Oldenziel, and Arwen Mohun, eds. Gender and Technology: A Reader. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
    Rosen, Deborah A. "Women and Property across Colonial America: A Comparison of Legal Systems in New Mexico and New York." William and Mary Quarterly 60, no. 2. 3d ser. (April 2003): 355-381.
    Rosenberg, Emily S. Financial Missionaries to the World: The Politics and Culture of Dollar Diplomacy, 1900-1930. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003.
    Steger, Manfred. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003 (4th ed., 2017).
    Adams, Sean P. Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
    Friedman, Walter A. Birth of a Salesman: The Transformation of Selling in America. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.
    Fulcher, James. Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
    Gervais, Pierre. Les origines de la révolution industrielle aux États-Unis: Entre économie marchande et capitalisme industriel, 1800-1850. Paris: Éditions de l'EHESS, 2004.
    Huston, James L. "Economic Landscapes Yet to Be Discovered: The Early American Republic and Historians' Unsubtle Adoption of Political Economy." Journal of the Early Republic 24 (Summer 2004): 219-231.
    Johnson, Walter. "The Pedestal and the Veil: Rethinking the Capitalism/Slavery Question." Journal of the Early Republic 24, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 299-308.
    Martin, Jonathan D. Divided Mastery: Slave Hiring in the American South. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.
    Sinclair, Bruce, ed. Technology and the African-American Experience: Needs and Opportunities for Study. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004.
    Wilkins, Mira. The History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.
    Banner, Stuart. How the Indians Lost Their Land: Law and Power on the Frontier. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
    Fear, Jeffrey R. Organizing Control: August Thyssen and the Construction of German Corporate Management. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005.
    Jacobs, Meg. Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.
    Sandage, Scott A. Born Losers: A History of Failure in America. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005.
    Berghoff, Hartmut. "The End of Family Business? The Mittelstand and German Capitalism in Transition, 1949-2000." Business History Review 80, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 263-295.
    Blaszczyk, Regina, and Philip Scranton, eds. Major Problems in American Business History. New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2006.
    Brick, Howard. Transcending Capitalism: Visions of a New Society in Modern American Thought. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.
    Edelson, S. Max. Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.
    Edgerton, David. The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
    Einhorn, Robin L. American Taxation, American Slavery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.
    Freyer, Tony Allan. Antitrust and Global Capitalism, 1930-2004. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
    Huffman, James, and Robert Miller. "Indian Property Rights and American Federalism." In Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans, edited by Terry L. Anderson, Bruce L. Benson and Thomas E. Flanagan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.
    John, Richard R. "Ruling Passions: Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century America." Journal of Policy History 18, no. 1 (2006): 1-20.
    Laird, Pamela Walker. Pull: Networking and Success Since Benjamin Franklin. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.
    Levinson, Marc. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
    Lichtenstein, Nelson, ed. American Capitalism: Social Thought and Political Economy in the Twentieth Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
    McGovern, Charles. Sold American: Consumption and Citizenship, 1890-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
    Olegario, Rowena. A Culture of Credit: Embedding Trust and Transparency in American Business. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.
    Smith, Jason Scott. Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
    Sparks, Edith. Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
    Sylla, Richard, Jack W. Wilson and Robert E. Wright. "Integration of Trans-Atlantic Capital Markets, 1790-1845." Review of Finance 10, no. 4 (2006): 613-644.
    Bowles, Paul. Capitalism. A Short History of a Big Idea. Harlow, England: Pearson/Longman, 2007.
    Fishback, Price et al. Government and the American Economy: a New History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
    Fohlin, Caroline. Finance Capitalism and Germany's Rise to Industrial Power. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
    Hoganson, Kristin L. Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
    McCraw, Thomas K. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
    Mihm, Stephen. A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men and the Making of the United States. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007.
    Postel, Charles. The Populist Vision. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
    Adams, Sean Patrick. "Warming the Poor and Growing Consumers: Fuel Philanthropy in the Early Republic's Urban North." Journal of American History 95, no. 1 (June 2008): 69-94.
    Andrews, Thomas G. Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008.
    Hämäläinen, Pekka. The Comanche Empire. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008.
    Hamilton, Shane. Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.
    Novak, William J. "The Myth of the 'Weak' American State." American Historical Review 113, no. 3 (2008): 752-772.
    Poovey, Mary. Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chicago and London: University Of Chicago Press, 2008.
    Berk, Gerald. Louis Brandeis and the Making of Regulated Competition, 1900-1932. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
    Fisk, Catherine L. Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
    Glickman, Lawrence B. Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
    Hancké, Bob, ed. Debating Varieties of Capitalism: A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
    Lederhendler, Eli. Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
    Lichtenstein, Nelson. The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2009.
    Majewski, John D. Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
    Medema, Steven G. The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
    Mokyr, Joel. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009, 2009.
    Moreton, Bethany. To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.
    Phillips-Fein, Kim. Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade against the New Deal. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2009.
    Rockman, Seth. Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
    Sleeper-Smith, Susan. Rethinking the Fur Trade: Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
    Suisman, David. Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.
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