EHA Newsletter

No. 22 (November 1998) Economic History Association, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, 213G Summerfield Hall, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045,

1999 EHA Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland

The 1999 Economic History Association meeting will be held October 8 - 10, 1999 at the Omni Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration materials will be sent to EHA members in late May 1999.

Again this year there will be substantial discounts for graduate students. All faculty are encouraged to inform their graduate students of these offers!! Graduate students receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee, a free one-year subscription to the JEH, discounted hotel rates, and a 75 percent discount on group meals. Special gatherings for graduate students are in the works!

Faculty! To help pay for all these subsidies, we will be offering you the option to "Treat a graduate student to lunch" or to "dinner". Please plan now to include a little extra in your registration check.

For more information, check the web site: Otherwise, you may contact the Meetings Coordinator Martha Olney, EHA Annual Meetings Office, Department of Economics, University of California, 549 Evans Hall, #3880, Berkeley, CA 94720-3880. E-mail: Molney@ Fax: (510) 527-4558. Website:

Call for Proposals

The theme of the program is "Shocks!" What do economic historians know about the kinds of shocks that have struck economies in the past and what determines their effects? Consider natural disasters, wars, epidemics, famines (the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and deliberate policies of shock therapy. How do institutions, ideologies, technologies, and markets determine how shocks are absorbed, deflected, or reverberate?

The program committee consists of Rick Steckel, Chair; Ann Carlos, Price Fishback, and David Good. The committee especially encourages proposals for papers and sessions that help promote intellectual conversations among scholars who may assess shocks in economic history from different analytical or disciplinary perspectives. The committee welcomes proposals for entire sessions as well as for individual papers. The former should include proposals for each paper in the session. The committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in those sessions that are accepted. Papers for sessions that were not accepted may be incorporated into other panels.

To propose a paper, send three copies of a 3-5 page abstract and a 150 word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History to Rick Steckel, Department of Economics, Ohio State University, Columbus OH 43210, by Friday, January 29, 1999. Proposals may also be submitted by using the form available from the EHA website: If a draft of the paper is available, it should be sent in addition to the abstracts. Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 30, 1999. Rick Steckel may be contacted for more information at

Call for Dissertations

Those who expect to receive their Ph.D. in the academic year 1998/1999 are invited to apply for inclusion in the dissertation session at the 1999 annual meeting. Dissertations on U.S. or Canadian history chosen for presentation at the meetings will be finalists for the Allan Nevins Prize. Such dissertations should be sent to Michael Bernstein, University of California, Department of History, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92303-0104.

Dissertations on areas of the world other than the United States or Canada will be finalists for the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize. Such dissertations should be sent to Loren Brandt, University of Toronto, Department of Economics, 150 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A1, Canada.

Applicants must send a copy of the dissertation to the appropriate convener no later than Monday, May 31, 1999.

1999 Annual Meeting Prizes

Gyorgy Ranki Prize

The Gyorgy Ranki Prize, established for the outstanding book in the economic history of Europe (including the British Isles and Russia) will be presented at the annual meeting. This $1,000 prize is awarded biennially and alternates with the Alice Hanson Jones Prize for a book in North American economic history. The 1999 Gyorgy Ranki Prize will be awarded for a book published in 1997 or 1998.

Eligibility and Nominations: Only books published in English during 1997 or 1998 are eligible for the 1999 prize. The author need not be a member of the Association. Authors, publishers, or anyone else may nominate books. Send a copy of the book, plus a curriculum vitae of the author(s), with current information about addresses and telephone numbers, to each member of the committee listed below. The deadline for submission is March 1, 1999. The Ranki Prize Committee members are: Richard Roehl, Chair, University of Michigan, Department of Social Sciences, Dearborn, MI 48128; Larry Neal, University of Illinois, Department of Economics, Urbana, IL 61801; Peter Solar, 89 rue J-B Colyns 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium; John Lampe, University of Maryland, Department of History, College Park, MD 20742; and John McKay, 309 Gregory Hall, 810 S Wright, Urbana, IL 61801.

Authors! Be sure your publisher nominates your book.

Jonathan Hughes Prize

The Jonathan Hughes Prize will be awarded to recognize excellence in teaching economic history. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award. The winner will be selected by the EHA Committee on Education and Teaching. The basic requirement for nomination is a statement on how the nominee has exemplified excellence in the teaching of economic history. Nomination letters should be sent to Ann Harper Fender at Gettysburg College, Department of Economics and Business Administration, Gettysburg, PA 17325, and a copy sent to the EHA office at the University of Kansas. For more information contact Ann Harper Fender at Deadline for nominations is Feburary 1, 1999.

1998 Annual Meeting

The abstract of all papers presented at the 1998 meeting, along with email links to the authors, are now available at

Alice Hanson Jones Prize

The Alice Hanson Jones Prize for an outstanding book in North American economic history was awarded to Lance Davis, Robert Gallman, and Karen Gleiter, for their book titled Pursuit of Leviathan published by the University of Chicago Press.

Allan Nevins Prize

The conveners of the 1998 dissertation session selected William Collins to receive the Nevins Prize for his dissertation "Labor Mobility in American and Indian Economic History," completed at Harvard University.

Alexander Gerschenkron Prize

The committee awarded the Gerschenkron Prize to Hal Hansen, for his dissertation, "Caps and Gowns: Historical Reflections on the Institutions that Shaped Learning for Work in Germany and the United States, 1800-1945," completed at the University of Wisconsin.

Jonathan Hughes Prize

for Teaching Excellence

The Committee on the Teaching of Economic History awarded the Hughes Prize to Robert Gallman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Arthur H. Cole Prize

The Cole Prize for best article published in the Journal of Economic History was awarded to Kevin O’Rourke, University College, Dublin, for "The European Grain Invasion, 1870-1913, " published in the December 1997 issue.

Teaching Breakfast 1998

The teaching breakfast, held on Sunday morning, September 27, 1998, was chaired by Sally Clarke and was attended by 15-20 people.

A variety of issues were discussed. The first issue was the format that should be used to discuss teaching issues at EHA meetings. Peter Solar said that if a formal session were to be allocated to teaching issues, then it was important to ensure that the presenters have something to offer on teaching issues that the audience would find worthwhile. Discussion then turned to the experiment in team teaching the U.S. Economic History Course on the internet recently attempted by Sam Williamson, Joshua Rosenbloom and Robert Whaples.

Williamson and Rosenbloom were in attendance and reported that some parts of the course worked better than others, but that overall they would like to try it again. Following that there was discussion on the use of student presentations in undergraduate U.S. Economic History Course, and discussion about having other students in class evaluate the presentation of a given student. At the end of the breakfast there was discussion of updating the syllabus collection on, and Sam Williamson said he would look into ways this could be done. EH teach subscribers should feel free to raise further questions and offer further comments related to any of the issues above on eh.teach.

Election Results

Claudia Goldin, Harvard University was chosen President-Elect. Naomi Lamoreaux, UCLA was elected Vice President, and Elyce J. Rotella, University of Indiana, was elected Trustee.

Arthur H. Cole Grants-in-Aid

The Committee on Research in Economic History awards Arthur H. Cole grants-in-aid to support research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area. Awards typically are in amounts up to $1,500, although higher amounts may be awarded in exceptional cases. To apply: seven copies of applications are due by April 1, 1999. Applications should be sent to Professor Gillian Hamilton, Department of Economics, University of Toronto, 150 St. George Street, Toronto, ONT, Cananda M5S 1A1.

Applications must include a description of the project (no longer than five pages); a curriculum vita; and a project budget. Applicants must be members of the Association and must hold the Ph.D. degree. Preference is given to recent Ph.D recipients.

This year, the Committee made awards to the following : Howard Bodenhorn, Lafayette College, (Health and Nutrition of African-Americans in the Antebellum South); Maristella Botticini, Boston University, (Intergenerational Transfers, Savings, Taxation, Government Borrowing, and Market Efficiency in Medieval and Renaissance Florence); Eleanor Congdon, Berkshire Community College, (Trade in the Aegean and Syria as seen in Venetian Merchant Correspondence); Louis Michael Kyriakoudes, University of Southern Mississippi, (Social Origins of the Urban South, Nashville, Tennessee 1890-1930); Timothy Leunig, Royal Holloway College, University of London, (Productivity, Learning by Doing and Skill Requirements in the US Cotton Spinning Industry); Richard Sicotte, University of Illinois, (Market Power in Ocean Shipping: Brazil-United States Steamship Conference 1904-1909).

Fundraising 1998

The Board is extremely grateful for your continued support of our various Prize Funds. So much so, that we have decided to provide the opportunity again this year. The Board hopes to maintain the real value of all the prizes, so additional contributions are welcome.


The Board of Trustees voted to increase the nominal amounts awarded for our various prizes so that the real value remains constant over time. The Board’s goal is for each Prize Fund to have an endowment large enough to provide the income needed to retain the real value. When you receive your annual membership renewal form you will be offered the opportunity to help achieve this goal. You will be offered a menu of Prize Funds, as shown below, and we hope you will feel inclined to help increase the endowment of your favorite fund.

I would like to support my favorite Fund. Enclosed is my tax exempt contribution which I would like to go to the Fund or Funds indicated.

Cole Prize Fund _________ Jones Prize Fund __________

Gerschenkron Prize Fund _________ Ranki Prize Fund __________

Hughes Prize Fund _________ (CREH) Cole Grants ________

Use my contribution where needed _______

Please send your contribution to Thomas Weiss, Executive Director, Economic History Association, Department of Economics, Summerfield Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. Make your check payable to the Economic History Association.




The Board of Trustees has established a Committee on Graduate Education. The committee has the broad responsibility of considering the role and status of economic history in graduate education, and a more specific task of developing a summer program for graduate students with interests in economic history. Jeremy Atack has been appointed Chair of the Committee and is working on the financing and implementation of these "summer camps." Jeremy would be happy to hear any ideas you have about organizing and running the camps, or where to find funding. His e-mail address is:

EHA Sessions at AHA

Judith A. Miller has organized a session for EHA at the upcoming AHA meeting titled "Sites of Consumption: Toward an Interdisciplinary Dialogue." The session will meet Friday, January 8, 1999 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The chair and commentator is Judith A. Miller. Papers are by Jan de Vries, Timothy Burke, Sally Clarke, and Philip T. Hoffman. For further information contact Judith A. Miller at

Joint Membership Fees

Our agreement continues with the Economic History Society (U.K.) to offer joint memberships to EHA and EHS at discounted rates for 1999. The student/emeritus rate will be $47.00; regular rates for members with annual incomes under $40,000 will be $57.00, and those with incomes over $40,000 will pay $72.00. All joint subscriptions will begin as of the beginning of the calendar year.

Cliometric Society

Additional information on the following announcements can be obtained from The Cliometric Society, 109 Laws Hall, Miami University, 500 East High Street, Oxford, OH 45056, USA, phone: 513-529-2850, fax: 513-529-3308, email: or try the website

1999 Cliometrics Conference

The 39th Annual Cliometrics Conference will be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, May 14-16, 1999. William Hutchinson, John Lyons, Melissa Thomasson, and Samuel Williamson will serve as hosts. The National Science Foundation continues its sponsorship for 1999.

Authors interested in presenting papers are encouraged to submit their proposals via e-mail or the form on the EH.Net website, or by post or fax to the address above. Proposals should be three-to-five pages in length and work-in-progress. Anyone who wishes to attend the Conference should request an invitation by writing to the Conference Secretary. Requests should include affiliation and a brief summary of research interests. Students submitting proposals or requests for invitations are asked to provide the names of their research advisors or economic history professors. Membership in The Cliometric Society is not a consideration for participation. Proposals and requests for invitations are due February 1, 1999. Complete 24-page papers are due April 1, 1999.

Cliometric Society Undergraduate Economic History Paper Prize

The goals of this award are to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to achieve recognition for excellence in research and writing, to enable their work to reach a wider audience, and to encourage undergraduate writing and research in economic history.

The award will be announced at the 1999 EHA meetings. The prize-winning paper will be published in The Newsletter of The Cliometric Society, and an abstract of the paper will be published in Explorations in Economic History. Its author will receive a cash award of $500 and a complimentary one-year Society membership. Previous winning papers are published on the EH.Net web server. Papers must be nominated by a member of The Cliometric Society. A complete list of rules and membership information are available on the Society website at the URL above. Papers must be received by June 30, 1999. Submission of a paper is a grant permitting The Cliometric Society to publish the work in the Society's Newsletter and in the EH.Net fileserver. Runners-up may be invited to submit abstracts of their papers for publication.

ASSA Sessions

The Cliometric Society will sponsor four sessions, and a cocktail party for members and friends at the Allied Social Science Association meetings in New York City January 3-5, 1999. Session chairs are Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (UCLA), Weird Science; Paul Rhode (UNC), Urban and Regional Aspects of American Economic Development; Richard Sylla (NYU), CS/AFA session; and Sumner LaCroix (Hawaii), Height and Health. Summaries of the papers are available on the EH.Net Cliometric Society website.

Economic History Services

Visit the EH.Net Economic History Services web site for more information on the topics that follow and to locate other resources. (US); (Europe); (Japan).

Abstracts in Economic History

Free abstracting service for economic historians to publicize their work. Abstracts of all types of work are welcome, and will be published on the Economic History Research (EH.Res) lists and in the AEH library, searchable by author, subject, and keyword. On-line form with instructions for abstract submission can be found at:

Book Reviews in Business and Economic History

127 reviews of new releases of interest to scholars and teachers in these fields and lists of upcoming reviews. If you are interested in writing electronic reviews or suggesting publications for review, please write the BRBEH Editors at


Annual member organizations' conferences and meetings information and other events of interest, with viewing options of single months, specific event category and new chronological text list of events. On-line submission form for event organizers is available at:


Merged master directory of EH.Net sponsoring organizations the EHA, BHC, and The Cliometric Society, with new on-line Information Update Form for address changes:


Economic history course syllabi and reading lists are now being reorganized and updated. Coordinator Akira Motomura invites you to contribute or revise your on-line syllabus:


Hagley Museum and Library

Paper proposals are invited for a conference on "Food and Drink in Consumer Societies Since 1850" to be held at the Hagley Museum on Nov. 12,

1999. Proposals are due by April 1, 1999 and should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief c.v. Direct proposals to Dr. Roger Horowitz; Hagley Museum and Library; PO Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807 (email:

Reform of the International Economic History Association

At the Twelfth World Congress of Economic History in Madrid the General Assembly of the IEHA created an International Commission on Reform. The names of the committee members, as well as the Commission's timeline, the IEHA Statutes, and other relevant material are available at the Economic History Services website.

The Commission's charge is to make proposals to the Executive Committee for revisions in the Statutes of the Association and for establishing written policies and procedures for the management of the Association and all of its activities including the World Congresses.

The first meeting of the Commission will be held in Utrecht on December 11-12, and will concentrate on proposals to modify the format of the XIII Congress that will be held in Buenos Aires in 2002. A second meeting of the Commission is tentatively planned for February. The Commission's proposals will be presented to the Bureau of the IEHA at its meeting in February and to the Executive Committee at its meeting in May.

Suggestions for the committee to consider are now requested. They may be sent privately to individuals on the Reform Commission or to the Secretary of the Commission via e-mail: Alternatively, the Committee encourages interested parties to send their suggestions to the EH.Net Congress list, which can be used as a public forum for dialogue among those interested in these matters; suggestions sent to the Congress list will be sent automatically to all other subscribers. After the Commission meets in December, they will post a draft set of proposals to the Congress list for reactions and alternative suggestions.

Those interested in engaging in the reform process in this way may subscribe to the Congress list by sending the following one-line message to

Subscribe congress <your name> <your institution> (For example: subscribe congress John Keynes Cambridge)

The EHA Board of Trustees has drafted a list of reforms to propose to the Reform committee. Those proposals are available at If you do not have access to the web and would like a hard copy of the proposal, please write to Li Liang, Economic History Association, 213G Summerfield Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 66045. The Board welcomes your reaction to their proposals. Your comments should be sent to this office, or email to


The EHA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. Information about fellowships and grants is posted on the EHA server, and when possible announced in the Newsletter.

The ACLS website contains information about the ACLS and its publications and activities that might be of interest to you. You may be interested to know that ACLS is increasing the number of Fellowships it offers and the size of the stipends. (http:\\

Newberry Library Fellowships

The Newberry Library offers Long Term Fellowships (6 to 11 months), Short Term Fellowships (2 weeks to 3 months) and Other Special Awards and Fellowships designed to assist those who wish to use the Newberry’s collections. For information, including application deadlines and forms please write to: Committee on Awards, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610-3380; or call (312)255-3506; or e-mail:; or visit their website:

American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society in order to encourage imaginative and productive research in its unparalleled library collections will award a number of Fellowships for 1999-2000. The application deadline is January 15, 1999.

A brochure containing full details about the program and information about the Society’s collections may be obtained by writing John B. Hench, Vice President for Academic and Public Programs, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634, phone: 508-755-5221 or email or Caroline Sloat at

News About the Journal

Gary Libecap will resume the responsibility for recruiting reviewers for books on North American topics, as we wish Shawn Kantor all the best in his new career at Freddie Mac.

Jan de Vries and his assistant, Kyle Brinkman, have jumped in at Berkeley, found the water a bit swift-moving due to a late start, and still successfully edited their first issue as the junior office. Kudos for grace and speed under pressure!

JSTOR Program

The JEH is now available in the JSTOR Archive at http:\\

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Committees 1998-1999

The Committees listed below play an important role in the workings of the EHA. Membership on the various committees is by appointment. Each year the President makes one or more appointments to each committee. If you are interested in being considered for membership on a committee, or if you would like to recommend someone, please let the Executive Director know through the e-mail address:, or contact any other officer or member of the Board of Trustees.


EHA Officers and Board of Trustees, 1998-1999

President: Larry Neal, University of Illinois.

President-Elect: Claudia Goldin, Harvard University.

Vice President: Naomi R. Lamoreaux, UCLA.

Trustees: Carol Heim, University of Massachusetts, Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley, Henry Gemery, Colby College, and Elyce J. Rotella, University of Indiana.

Immediate Past Presidents: Peter Temin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Deirdre McCloskey, University of Iowa, and Gavin Wright, Stanford University.

Editors: Gary D.Libecap, University of Arizona and Jan De Vries, University of California, Berkeley.

IEHA Representative: Paul M. Hohenberg, RPI.

Executive Director: Thomas Weiss, University of Kansas.

Meetings Coordinator (non-voting member): Martha L. Olney, University of California, Berkeley.

EHA Committees, 1998-1999

Executive Committee: Larry Neal (President), Claudin Goldin (President-Elect), Carol E. Heim (Senior Trustee), David Wheelock (Chair, Audit Committee), Thomas Weiss (Executive Director), Martha Olney (Meetings Secretary).

Nominating: Gavin Wright, Chair (ex officio), Deirdre McCloskey (ex officio), Naomi Lamoreaux (ex officio), Henry Gemery (1999), Robert Margo (1999), Steven Haber (1999), Thomas Weiss (non-voting, ex officio).

Membership: Susan Wolcott, Chair (1999), Phil Hoffman (1999), Michael Huberman (2000), Thomas Weiss (ex officio), Claudia Goldin (ex officio).

Committee on Research in Economic History:

Gillian Hamilton, Chair (1999), Dennis McCarthy (1999), John Majewski (2000), John Murray (2000), Kerry Odell (2001), Dan Barbezat (2001), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Investment Committee: Robert Zevin, Chair (2000), Richard Sylla (2002), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Audit Committee: David Wheelock, Chair (1999), Robert Zevin (2001), Naomi Lamoreaux (ex officio), Claudia Goldin (ex officio).

Ranki Prize: Richard Roehl, Chair (1999), Larry Neal (2000), Peter Solar (2001), John Lampe (2002), John McKay (2003).

Jones Prize: Ken Sokoloff, Chair (1999), Eugene White (2000), Lou Cain (2001), Ann Carlos (2002), Sally Clark (2003).

Standing Committee on Education in Economic History: Ann Fender, Chair (1999), Hank Gemery (2000), Kyle Kauffman (2001), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Standing Committee on Research Archives and Data Bases: Michael Haines, Chair (1999), John McCusker (2000), Margaret Levenstein (2001), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Standing Committee on the Journal of Economic History: Naomi Lamoreaux, Chair (2000), Daniel Raff (1999), Stan Engerman (2000), Peter Lindert (2001), Jan DeVries (advisor), Gary Libecap (advisor), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

EHA Program Committee: Rick Steckel, Chair (1999), Ann Carlos (1999), Price Fishback (1999), David Good (1999), Martha Olney (ex oficio).

Dissertation Subcommittee: Michael Bernstein (American, 1999), Loren Brandt (Elsewhere, 1999).

Standing Committee on EHA Administration: Gavin Wright, Chair, Cynthia Taft Morris, Jan De Vries.

Local Arrangements Committee: John Wallis, Co-chair (1999), Lou Galambos, Co-chair (1999), Martha Olney (ex officio).

Committee on Graduate Education in Economic History: Jeremy Atack, Chari (2000).

EHA Representatives and Liaisons

International Economic History Association: Paul Hohenberg (1999), Jeffrey Williamson (2001).

American Council of Learned Societies: Phil Hoffman

National Bureau of Economic Research: Gavin Wright (1999).

Allied Social Science Association: Lee Alston (1999).

Cliometric Society: Price Fishback (1999).

Business History Conference: Jeremy Atack (1999).

Social Science History Association: Rick Steckel (1999).

EH.NET: Hugh Rockoff (2000), Anne McCants (2001).

American Historical Assciation: Peter Coclanis (2001).