Introduction

Authored by: John F. Wilson , Steven Toms , Abe de Jong , Emily Buchnea

The Routledge Companion to Business History

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415855563
eBook ISBN: 9780203736036
Adobe ISBN: 9781135007836

10.4324/9780203736036.ch1

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Abstract

In putting together this Companion, the editors were motivated by the desire to expand current thinking on the discipline of business history and to produce a comprehensive and current work of reference which can be cited as an authoritative, international source on the subject. While we recognize the impossible nature of covering every single topic or region that has been researched by business historians, we wanted to showcase the rich variety of work that is being done, contrasting methodological approaches, international settings, multiple periods of history, ancient and modern and cross-cutting themes. This multi-perspective approach illustrates the unique appeal of business history and underlines its contribution to a number of adjacent disciplines. In achieving this set of aims, we were also keen to demonstrate how business history now interacts with other fields, theoretically and methodologically, in a much more dynamic way. While extensive work needs to be done in these respects, by bringing together a highly talented group of business historians we are progressing the discipline’s research agenda, enhancing knowledge and understanding and offering researchers and students an introduction to, and overview of, current scholarship in a discipline that has moved out of the shadow of economic history into a fully fledged genre with its own identity.

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