About the Blog


This blog covers modern US and European economic and social history. It covers a range of topics, from the development of institutions, laws, and theories to reviews of books and other media in the context of economics and sociology.

A lot of readers come for the Economics of Downton Abbey series that now features season five of the show (as it airs in the US)! The series discusses the historical economic and social contexts of the show.  If you’re new to my series, the introductions to seasons three, four, and five might be helpful. If you want to get straight to the meat of it, the posts “Spinsters Get Up for Breakfast“, “Grand Trunk Railway: Failure and Arbitration“, and  “The Reluctant Landlord” have been the most popular.


All sources used are listed in the “Further Reading” section at the end of each post, and authors are referenced in-text. I include electronic links when available. Any books referenced in posts are linked to my Amazon Associates account, which helps support this blog. Thank you.

About Me

I have an undergraduate degree in economics, and spent four years at an economic think tank. I’m currently a sociology PhD student at Cornell University, and my research interests are economic sociology, sociology of finance, and wealth/inequality.

Feel free to contact me at [thisalreadyhappened at gmail dot com] with any questions.

Header Image: “Women inspecting currency at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing,” c. 1907. Accessed through Library of Congress digital files.

Happy reading,

Meg Doherty Bea


4 thoughts on “About the Blog”

  1. Just from scanning through your posts, your blog is fascinating. I’m interested in the economics of culture, feminism and social interaction, and I suspect that I can learn a lot from read you. Glad to have found your blog 🙂

  2. I love this blog! Fantastic content on economic history and I love the gender perspective. And who doesn’t want more reason to think / talk about Downton Abbey? Let me know if you’d ever like us to crosspost or publicize your work on LadyEconomist.com. Best of luck to you and the blog.

    1. Thank you so much, Simone! I found your (fascinating!) blog through your piece on Vitae about blogging while getting a PhD. I am about to start a PhD program and was so reassured to see that blogging has been helpful for you! I would definitely be interested in crossposting – let me know how to best get in touch.

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