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Best Book in Canadian Business History
The CBHA/ACHA, Canada’s leading organization for the study of business in Canada, offers a bi-annual prize for the Best Book in Canadian Business History, broadly defined. The prize committee encourages the submission of books from all methodological perspectives. It is particularly interested in innovative studies that have the potential to expand the boundaries of the discipline. Scholars, publishers, and other interested parties may submit nominations. Eligible books can have either a Canadian or an international focus, which includes a Canadian perspective. They must be written in English or French and be published during the two years prior to the award, that is, in 2015 and 2016. The award includes a prize of $2,000.
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Special issue of Business History: Bank-Industry versus Stock Market-Industry Relationships: A Business History Approach
During the Golden Age of the western economies (1950s-1960s) became clear that each country had to follow its own way to industrialisation. For the full understanding of these processes, there was a growing interest for the use of an historical perspective. In this line of research, the book that Alexander Gerschenkron, professor at Harvard University, published in 1962 entitled Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective had much impact. In this seminal book, which proposed the concept of the “conditional convergence”, Gerschenkron proposed that financial institutions (not financial markets), by acting as “substitutive factor”, play a fundamental role in industrialization, as the German case had proved. [...]

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Call for Applications EBHA Summer School
The 9th edition of the EBHA (European Business History Association) Summer School will take place in Ancona (Italy) from Monday, September 4th to Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The school aims at providing doctoral students with an overview of relevant research results and of innovative tools and methodologies in the field of Business History. It is organised jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA), the Università Politecnica delle Marche and the Italian Association for Business History (ASSI). Students will be accommodated in the beautiful town of Ancona debating and discussing their research with leading international scholars.

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Association of Business Historians Annual Conference 2017
Please find attached the Call for Papers for the 2017 conference to be held in Glasgow on 29th June to 1st July 2017. The topic is "The Human Factor in Business History".
Further details can be found on the ABH website: and the CBHS website:


New Publication


Website Immigrant Entrepreneurship online

On this website the German Historical Institute Washington DC presents the first results of the research project Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present.
Please find out more about the project and its results on the website:
(October 30, 2012)

FRED Database
Short for Federal Reserve Economic Data, FRED is an online database of more than 45,000 economic data time series from over 40 national, international, public, and private sources. FRED, created and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, goes far beyond simply providing data: It combines data with a powerful mix of tools that help the user understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data. In essence, FRED helps users tell their data stories.

While FRED has traditionally offered only current data, it is now also offering historical data with the recent addition of the NBER Macrohistory Database. These 3036 series cover the pre-WWI and interwar economies, including production, construction, employment, money, prices, asset market transactions, foreign trade, and government activity. Although most data series cover the United States, there is a limited number of series representing data for the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

FRED is available at, and the NBER Macrohistory Database is at

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis also hosts FRASER, a vast collection of digitized documents about the economic history of the United States, and particularly of the Federal Reserve System. Visit FRASER at
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