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How the Ottomans won over Damascus: A graphic short story

A while back, a book chapter of mine was published in the volume The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition. Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century, edited by Stephan Conermann and Gül Şen. In this I investigated architectural policies of the Ottoman sultan Selim immediately following his occupation of…

X-perts (4): CEJ Contributors’ Profiles

This essay provides a preliminary analysis of authors’ profiles in the Chinese economic Journal (CEJ). As demonstrated in our previous post, the CEJ mobilized a total of 149 unique contributors over the fifteen years of its existence (1924-37). How many articles did they write for the journal? For how long…

Double Entry (Jane Gleeson-White, 2012) : Une exploration profonde et inachevée de la comptabilité

Double Entry, How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance, Jane Gleeson-White, Allen and Unwin, 2012. Le livre de Jane Gleeson-White, intitulé Double Entry (que l’on peut traduire par “partie double” en référence à la comptabilité en partie double), est un livre incontournable. Jane Gleeson-White est une chercheuse australienne originale,…

Water and conflict: an unavoidable link?

On the 5th of December, the Water, Peace & Security (WPS) Partnership launches its Global Early Warning Tool. Susanne Schmeier, Emilie Broek, Rolien Sasse, Charles Iceland, Rozemarijn ter Horst, and Karen Meijer discuss how this can contribute to prevent the escalation of water-related conflicts and turn instead water into an…

When Medicine is a Sin: Sex and Heresy in Colonial Mexico

Farren Yero Laboring in the Mexican mining district of Real del Monte, José Antonio de la Peña met Manuel Arroyo in the summer of 1775. The two young men struck up a secret relationship, sharing a bed, a blanket, and a provocative cure for syphilis. It was the latter that…

A note on Comte and positivism

  (Methodos XIV)   Marc Jacquinet Auguste Comte’s positivism presents interesting features for the history of economic thought.  First, his conception of science, under the heading of positivism or positive philosophy is more ambiguous than it is usually thought, even if we abstract the vagaries of his political and spiritual…

Abstraction chasing historical time: Another reading of Cournot

Abstraction chasing historical time: Another reading of Cournot (Methodos XIII) Marc Jacquinet Smith is well known for his interest in technology and technological change as we can see from reading the first book of the Wealth of Nations.  However, after Ricardo and Ricardians, technological change is not a central preoccupation…

Social topologies (3/3) Border(lands)

In two previous posts, I introduced some considerations about the use of topology as a method in anthropology. The first of these presented conceptions of the body in relation to tattooing and the second offered a discussion of the notion of “house” as an analytic category. With this third post,…

The story of the making of a thesis: my viva presentation

It eventually took place last Friday, 29 November 2019: it was the closing day, moment, of my time at the EUI. I defended my doctoral thesis “Capital Nature. A history of French municipal museums of natural history, 1795-1870”. My examining board was composed of my supervisor and co-supervisor, Stéphane Van…

The “typology vs. theory“ mistake: Why “comparative linguistics“ is the best label

There is a misleading but widespread stereotype in linguistics: that “language typology” is somehow opposed to “linguistic theory”. Dryer (2006) has explained why this is wrong, but the stereotype keeps being repeated, so I feel that I need to write again about it. And in the end, I think that…

Organizational Deviance and endemic corruption – Siemens and the love for Russia

by Alexander Fürstenberg and Sebastian Starystach Cliché or system? Whoever wants to do business in the Russian Federation has to expect to be asked eventually to provide irregular payments. Corruption remains endemic in Russia and large parts of the post-Soviet region. For decades, Transparency International has shown Russia in deep…

Tales from the Archives: To Make a Fine Apple Pye

It’s cold, wet and rather miserable in the UK at the moment. Fortunately, the Christmas lights bring some good cheer, as does lovely late-autumn food. My favourite autumnal dish is the apple-crumble, with its perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. Our wonderful Recipes Project archives include some lovely apple-based posts,…

History (I)

(Methodos V) Marc Jacquinet               In order to integrate history – the historical dimension of socio-economic phenomena, the reference to time cannot consist in simple prefatory remarks about the setting of the matter under study before presenting the main results of the enquiry.  It requires changes that lead to…

Around the Table: Events

By Sarah Peters Kernan Two weeks ago the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) hosted their fifth annual Transcribathon. I want to share my Transcribathon experience at the site hosted by the Newberry Library in Chicago, as I learned this event can be a successful community-building exercise in addition to…

A plum cake: (A ‘slight’ modern adaptation to an old classic)

my version of a 1725 plum cake welcome library Debora Branch’s book recipe by Lady Backs for a plumb cake  https://wellcomelibrary.org/item/b1874350x#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=26&z=0.0591%2C0.468%2C1.0916%2C0.6968 I came across a recipe for ‘A plum cake’ by lady Backs in Debora Branch’s recipe book dating back to 1725 and I felt inspired to recreate it. However,…