Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics 2023 Volume 4.1

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2023 Volume 4.1

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About Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics

Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics offers a trans-disciplinary forum for the examination of the history of economic phenomena broadly conceived. It features original and peer-reviewed contributions by authors from across the humanities and social sciences on the historical dimensions of markets, capitalism, political economy, and economic thought. It is also interested in how economic questions interact with those of power, knowledge, race, class, and gender, as well as the interplay between the environment and the economy, in any region of the world. The journal aims to publish canon-questioning research that challenges and denaturalizes existing categories and modes of analysis. To those ends, we welcome any methodological or theoretical approach so long as there is a historical dimension to the analysis.

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From the Back Cover of Issue 3.2


Mixed Signals

Here we see a depiction of the first telegraphic message sent from California in 1861. An angelic courier, tiptoeing across a live wire, brings a message of peace for a “Union” on the precipice of civil war. Less ironic than coincidental, the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean became knit together by (lucrative and costly) cables in the same year as the start of that internecine confl ict, though the war’s global roots were nearly as old as the printing press. The angel also carried other tidings over those wires: a host of mixed signals and divergent equations for the valuation of many things—the price of wheat, or of a piece of some prairie, or of a whole human life. Hark! The staccato of per-word pricing. STOP. Truncated love letters, bills of sale, death notices. FULL STOP.



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