Welcome to our collection of contextual essays covering business.

To support libraries, researchers, and educators, we regularly commission academics to write contextual essays that explore topics using our digital primary source archives.

These essays relate to themes from advertising novels in early modern newspapers to analyses of consumerism in nineteenth-century America: take a look at our essays below.


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