When electric lighting was first introduced to U.S. households, marketing departments tried to convince women that better lighting would be flattering.
The word “risk” took on new meaning in the 19th century, when it became a way of understanding the interactions between individuals and economic markets.
Some people are more inclined to give when they know their friends will find out—and some are not.
Overfishing is a huge problem in international waters. Some suggest a fishing ban. Others stress a shared shift toward cooperation and long-term thinking.
In 19th-century America, the changing economy called for warehouses, which in turn created the warehouse districts that defined many cities.
The Pinto became known as the subcompact car that Ford sold while ignoring major safety defects. But was that just a false narrative?
A study of successful entrepreneurs finds a high level of emotional intelligence and sociability, along with a marked need to dominate.
When the U.S. federal government first moved to D.C. in 1800, the city was still largely swamp. Tourists didn't start to visit until many decades later.
The marketing of scents through clever branding, rather than real differences in what’s being sold, originated in nineteenth-century France.
Historian Lawrence Glickman looked at the consumer movements of the 1930s to find out.