SAGE Business Cases: Economic History Series

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In 2019, SAGE Business Cases launched Economic History, a new teaching case series within SAGE Business Cases.

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The Economic History series is edited by: 

  • Michael J. Douma, Assistant Research Professor, Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics
  • Nimish Adhia, Economist at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY 
  • SBC Economic History Editor

    Michael J. Douma is a historian, trained at Hope College, Leiden University, and Florida State University (Ph.D.), 2011. He has published widely on topics in 19th century U.S. history. He believes that the best approach to studying the past is always interdisciplinary, in that it uses many different tools of analysis to provide wide historical context and potentially multiple competing interpretations of past events. His fourth book, titled Creative Historical Thinking, was released in 2018. 


    My institute is primarily concerned with normative issues of the marketplace, and our faculty are cooperating with SAGE to write business ethics case studies. As a trained historian, I felt left out, and I wondered if SAGE would also be interested in business and economic history case studies. I was excited to hear that they welcomed this idea. Books on business history tend to be long and dull, while published articles in the history of business, management, and economics, are often too technical and advanced for undergraduate students. Historians face a similar problem in developing content: peer-reviewed articles are currency in the field, and books make our careers, but shorter pedagogical pieces have few potential outlets for publications. Often, historians know enough about a topic to write an interesting lesson, but they have not discovered a novel enough idea to publish it as a peer-reviewed article.  This is why I think business and economic history cases provide an unexplored avenue and a great tool for teaching economic and business concepts while exploring historical context. Historians are generally unfamiliar with case studies, which are of course common fare in business schools. But if they become more familiar with this genre, they will recognize its usefulness. Economic history cases isolate principles, define terms, and summarize historical episodes. They are discrete lessons that can easily lend themselves to use in the classroom. For history professors seeking to incorporate economic lessons without complex equations, these case studies are ideal.

    SBC Economic History Editor

    Nimish Adhia is an economist at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where he teaches courses in international trade, economics of developing countries, and the intellectual history of capitalism. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of politics, culture, and economics.

    His research on the portrayal of businessmen in Bollywood films generated attention in the popular press, and he is currently studying how Wall Street is portrayed in popular American films.

    Call for Papers

    Partner with SAGE to develop your ECONOMIC HISTORY teaching case.

     For further details on submissions, Click here

    SAGE Publishing continues to grow its teaching case collection, SAGE Business Cases, across the business and management spectrum while incorporating thought from a variety of disciplines. The Economic History collection within SAGE Business Cases will help students contextualize the current economic landscape by exploring the evolution of trade, labor relations, currency, and regulation.

    SAGE is pleased to offer case authors:

    • Double-blind peer review of your case and teaching notes
    • A thorough editorial process, working to develop your ideas and prepare cases for successful publication
    • Freedom to include your students in the case research and writing process
    • Copyright in your name and final PDF for ease of use in your classroom
    • $500 when your case is published
    • An international audience for your work

    Have you written a case that you currently use in your classroom? Do you have an idea or a rough draft of a case? Bring it to SAGE and we’ll work with you to develop your idea and ready it for the global classroom.


    • We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
    • Please include discussion questions and teaching notes.
    • Guidelines and templates may be found here
    • Manuscripts are accepted through our ScholarOne portal
    • Authors receive decisions within 6-8 weeks of submission.

    For questions and sample cases, contact: Rebecca Frankel, Associate Editor,

    Cases from the Economic History Series

    Click a title to view the case:

    20th Century U.S. Agricultural Policy
    A Paper World: Before Finances Went Digital
    A Socio-Economic Mimicry of Capitalism: The Black Market Under Stalin, 1930s
    All Aboard the Investment Express! Financial Bubbles, Irrational Exuberance, and the British Railway Mania of the 1840s
    Dynamic Pricing in History, Economics, and Ethics
    Early Road Building in U.S. History
    How Medieval Italian Bankers Grew Rich Making Interest-Free Loans
    How the Pilgrims Financed the Mayflower
    Markets and the Evolution of Gas Stations
    Money and Credit on the American Frontier
    Newspapers and Knowledge in the Market Revolution
    Red Merchants: Soviet Industrialization and the Founding of the World Market in Russian Religious Art
    Rembrandts for Tractors: Soviet Art Export and the Creation of the U.S. National Gallery of Art
    Smoot-Hawley: Lessons From the Most Infamous U.S. Tariff Act
    Soviet Alchemy: How the Stalinist Government Found Gold to Finance Industrialization
    Tulipmania: How to Spot an Asset Price Bubble
    William Leggett and the Locofocos

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