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Taking the History of Capitalism to a Business Blog: A Conversation with Stephen Mihm

Moderated by Alex Granados
October 1st, 2014
5:00 PM


Professor Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia Department of History, discusses his research on the history of capitalism and his experience writing about this history for both academic and popular audiences. The conversation was moderated by Alex Granados, former producer of WUNC radio’s “The State of Things,” freelance writer, and newspaper columnist.

Below are some links to selections from his non-academic writing:

George Washington Asked Congress to ‘Buy In,’ Too,” Bloomberg View, Sept. 10, 2014.

The Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat Has a Back Story,” Bloomberg View, August 29, 2014.

Fighting Ebola the Medieval Way,” Bloomberg View, August 17, 2014.

And the Band Went on Strike,” Bloomberg View, July 30, 2014.

How Indians Became America’s Favorite Marketing Tool,” Bloomberg View, June 20, 2014

High-Speed Trading Used to Mean Carrier Pigeons,” Bloomberg View, April 2, 2014.

What Alibaba Should Know About ‘One Share, One Vote’,” Bloomberg View, March 21, 2014.

When Debt-Ceiling Politics Was Bi-Partisan,” Bloomberg View, October 14, 2013.

How the Black Death Spawned the Minimum Wage,” Bloomberg View, September 5, 2013.

A Century of International Potash Intrigue,” Bloomberg View, August 7, 2013.

A Nation of Outlaws: A century ago, that wasn’t China – it was us.” The Boston Globe, August 26, 2007.


Reviews and discussions of A Nation of Counterfeiters in the popular press:

America’s History of Dubious Credit,” NPR’s Talk of the Nation, August 20, 2007.

The Deluge Before the Dollar,” New York Times, January 6, 2008.

Stephen Mihm

University of Georgia

Stephen Mihm, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He is author of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States, and co-author, with Nouriel Roubini, of Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance. He is the co-editor, with Katherine Ott and David Serlin, of Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics (NYU, 2002), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is currently working on two projects: a history of the standardization of weights and measures in 19th century America and an edited volume exploring the life of P.T. Barnum. In addition to his academic writing, he has served as editor of the Echoes Blog for Bloomberg View, the opinion and editorial division of Bloomberg Media, and continues to write for the blog as well as for other news outlets. He has also been a project editor and contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and a contributor to The Nation. In March of this year, Professor Mihm was awarded the Harold F. Williamson Prize of the Business History Conference for his contributions to the teaching and writing of business history. He tweets at @SMihm.