Alexia M. Yates

Department of History

Visiting Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2134
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 66970
Emailamyates@yorku.ca

Historian of Modern Europe, specialties in economic, business, and urban history.

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I am a historian of economic life, focusing on urban political economy and business history in modern Europe. My first book, Selling Paris, looks at real estate development in nineteenth-century Paris, exploring the role of speculation in the development of the City of Light and the social construction of a commercialized market for real property. My current research investigates how the stock market came to occupy a quotidian place in the lives of ordinary French people in the nineteenth century, and how that position evolved in the twentieth. I am particularly interested in the construction, dissemination, and policing of financial information within and across national borders in the modern era, and in changing conceptions of the international economy. I approach the study of economic life as a lens for questioning the status of the economy and the market in our contemporary moment. Previous to arriving at York, I held a Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and a Mellon/Newton Interdisciplinary Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Area of Specialization

Modern French History

Degrees

PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Toronto
BA (honours), Smith College


Research Interests

History , French , Modern Europe, Urban Studies, Economic and business history

All Publications

Monographs

Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital (Forthcoming, Harvard University Press, October 2015)

Book Chapters

“Making Metropolitan Markets: Information, Intermediaries, and Real Estate in Modern Paris,” in Marketing and Market Research eds. Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann (Palgrave: 2012), pp.95-125

Journal Articles

“Selling Paris: The Real Estate Market and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital,” Enterprise and Society vol.13 no.4 (December 2012): 773-789

“Selling La Petite Propriété: Marketing Home Ownership in Early-twentieth-century Paris,” Entreprises et Histoire, no.64 (September 2011): 11-40

Conference Proceedings

"Developing Knowledge, the Knowledge of Development: Real Estate Speculators and Brokers in Late-nineteenth-century Paris,” Business and Economic History Online, vol.9 (Fall 2011)

“C’est comme ça que vous entendez les affaires?” Gogos and the moral parameters of commercial life in nineteenth-century France,”Proceedings of the Western Society for French History v.36 (2008): 149-165


Historian of Modern Europe, specialties in economic, business, and urban history.


I am a historian of economic life, focusing on urban political economy and business history in modern Europe. My first book, Selling Paris, looks at real estate development in nineteenth-century Paris, exploring the role of speculation in the development of the City of Light and the social construction of a commercialized market for real property. My current research investigates how the stock market came to occupy a quotidian place in the lives of ordinary French people in the nineteenth century, and how that position evolved in the twentieth. I am particularly interested in the construction, dissemination, and policing of financial information within and across national borders in the modern era, and in changing conceptions of the international economy. I approach the study of economic life as a lens for questioning the status of the economy and the market in our contemporary moment. Previous to arriving at York, I held a Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and a Mellon/Newton Interdisciplinary Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Area of Specialization

Modern French History

Degrees

PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Toronto
BA (honours), Smith College

Research Interests:

History , French , Modern Europe, Urban Studies, Economic and business history

All Publications

Monographs

Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital (Forthcoming, Harvard University Press, October 2015)

Book Chapters

“Making Metropolitan Markets: Information, Intermediaries, and Real Estate in Modern Paris,” in Marketing and Market Research eds. Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann (Palgrave: 2012), pp.95-125

Journal Articles

“Selling Paris: The Real Estate Market and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital,” Enterprise and Society vol.13 no.4 (December 2012): 773-789

“Selling La Petite Propriété: Marketing Home Ownership in Early-twentieth-century Paris,” Entreprises et Histoire, no.64 (September 2011): 11-40

Conference Proceedings

"Developing Knowledge, the Knowledge of Development: Real Estate Speculators and Brokers in Late-nineteenth-century Paris,” Business and Economic History Online, vol.9 (Fall 2011)

“C’est comme ça que vous entendez les affaires?” Gogos and the moral parameters of commercial life in nineteenth-century France,”Proceedings of the Western Society for French History v.36 (2008): 149-165