On the Second Latin American Economic History Congress

May 14, 2009
Second Latin American Economic History Congress (Mexico City, February 3-5, 2010)

Second Latin American Economic History Congress (Mexico City, February 3-5, 2010)

Well. The Economic History Blog has an exclusive. This post has the text I’ve written to announce an academic event in February 2010. The entry might sound too institutional, but I thought it would be nice if I shared it with you all before it appears published in economic history associations websites and e-mail lists.

The scale of the event is huge. It will be a great opportunity for the world to see the topics and the quality of on-going Latin American economic history research.

So, here it is. And as soon as I can confirm the participation of the key speaker (one of the economic historians I respect and like the most), the Economic History Blog readers will be the first to know it.

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May 12, 2009
Sainte Catherine priez pour moi ce matin.

Sainte Catherine priez pour moi ce matin.

NYC subway

May 11, 2009

A really cool map: http://transit.frumin.net/subway/spark.php

This Week in Economic History (May 11th-17th)

May 10, 2009

I work as an assistant to Dr. Luis Jáuregui, president of the Mexican Economic History Association (AMHE). One of my duties is to search and edit new contents for the Association’s webpage. Among other things, the Association offers a weekly agenda and a list of future events in economic history.

When I first began looking for and organizing information on economic history events of the region and the world, I faced several problems. Even though EH.net seemed like the obvious place to go, the site lacks information on seminars and conferences smaller than major congresses or anual meetings. For that thing one has to search in the webpages of different universities. The French Economic History Association has a very good calendar; however, it is obviously skewed with the many events related to economic history in France. E-mail lists such as the one from the Societies for the History of Economics,  H-World and H-Business also have events from which otherwise one would probably never know. The economic history associations of Latin America use to be very “local” in terms of the events they announce in their webpages.Thus one has to search in several sources what could probably be updated in a central database.

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From the web

May 9, 2009

A video interview of Pr. Becattini on industrial clusters and districts.

From the Economist on how imports can be as useful to developing countries as exports.

A series of video interviews of famous economists of finance (found through the Blog University).

A good column (as usual) from the Ft’s undercover economist on IQ and economic growth.

On the Dutch welfare state as seen from a post-swine influenza New World city

May 6, 2009
Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto, the author of "Going Dutch"

Hey all. I’m Manuel. I read Ben’s post on being a contributor to the blog and thought of it as an opportunity to write my ideas on a subject I love (economic history). I thank him for that. From now on, I will write mostly about some topics of Latin American and Iberian economic history in future posts. However, today’s piece will be on a different matter.

I’m from Mexico, a country that made newspaper headlines last week due to the influenza epidemic. Best (or worst) of all, I live in Mexico City, ground zero and the place where most deaths were registered. Since academic activities were suspended and Mexicans were urged by the authorities to stay home these days to stop flu contagions, I had a lot of time to read my favorite sites, the New York Times Global Edition included.

Last Sunday I found and liked “Going Dutch – How I Learned to Love the European Welfare State”, an article written by Russell Shorto on the Dutch social welfare system,  published in the New York Times Magazine last May 3.  The piece has been in the 10-Most Emailed list of articles of the NYT since it was published.

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Feeding the cities

May 4, 2009

A cool series of the show La Fabrique de l’Histoire on France Culture (in French unfortunately) about the issues related to the challenges faced by those trying to feed the urban areas.


  1. Interview with Edgard Pisani, former French minister of agriculture in the 1960s and founding father of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (mp3).
  2. A documentary about the 1969 move of the Parisian wholesale food market out of the traditional Halles and to the modern Rungis market.
  3. Feeding the poor in the French cities: a debate between the historian André Gueslin and the anthropologist Daniel Terrolle.
  4. A debate (well not so much of a debate since they all pretty much agree) between the historians Reynald Abald, Steven Kaplan, Catherine Virlouvet and Fabien Faugeron about the mechanisms allowing to feed the capitals from Ancient Rome to 18th-century Paris.

As usual really excellent show!