Harvard Business School's Business History Initiative is hosting a conference on the history of tin on June 26-27, 2012. Tin, versatile and ductile, was one of the firstmetals ever utilized by mankind. As a vital element in numerous alloys, in solder or tin plating, it has played an important role in the modernization of the industrial society during the last two centuries. With the few economically viable deposits often located in far-flung places, the tin trade was a highly charged and international political economy.
The objective of this workshop is to utilize the tin industry as a prism to study the globalization of the world economy after 1850, with particular emphasis on the relations between private enterprise and the state. The workshop brings together scholars utilizing a wide variety of sources, approaches and perspectives.
The conference is open to registered participants. Those who are interested in attending can find out more information and register at the link below:
Information on other business history events at HBS can be found here.