The Executive Summary - 7/19 - 7/23

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A weekly feature with a roundup of articles and other materials of interest to scholars of business and economic history. 


I regret to inform everyone that we are more than halfway through July.

But -- did you know that the BHC's website has everything you need for your fall course preps (you know, the ones that are far, far too close for comfort at the moment?) You can find a syllabus archive, as well as bibliographies on topics such as race and business history, women in business history, and business history in business schools.

If you're a BHC member, you can follow this link to submit your own syllabus to the archive.


Kevin Tennant and Stephanie Decker are running a seminar on historical methods for management scholars next week (July 28).


"Analogies have their limits. But history can help to disentangle the unprecedented from the historical. It can help to point out where phenomena really are new, such as the scale of internet usage."

Read more in Heidi Tworek's new piece on history and disinformation.


"The computer, microfilm and Xerox machine have dramatically expanded historian's ability to process information. But just what one does with this information is by no means clear." 

This week, I'm feeling very seen by this quote from a book review written by Richard John in 1988 (found via this Twitter rabbit hole).


If you're teaching business history courses this fall and have resources that have been helpful for you, or have public writings about teaching business history courses you'd like to share, please send them my way! I'll continue to feature teaching materials in the ES until the end of August. 

Send all comments, suggestions, leads, or ideas for this section to Associate Editor Ashton Merck.

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