North American Period (1947-1964)

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(17 years)

Columbia Project #190 - The Origins of Economic Institutions (1947-1953)

1947

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Document
Karl Mannheim dies 01.09
Talcott Parsons publishes the first instalment of Weber's Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (already translated into English during the 1930s), under the title The Theory of Social and Economic Organization. 01.__ On Belief on Economic Determinism
01.__ Whither Civilization?
P. is at New York. 02.__ Our Obsolete Market Mentality
02.11 To Ilona
Third Cybernetics Conference at NY, on Child psychology 03.13-14
03.20 To Ilona
He reads Jewish History and Old Testament 06.15 To Irene and Donald Grant
Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act that creates the CIA. 07.26
08.09 To Ilona
'General Economic History'
09.17 To Ilona
09.19 To Ilona
09.20 To Ilona
09.23 To Ilona
09.24 To Ilona
Fourth Cybernetics Conference (NY) on the field perspective on psychology and analog vs. digital approaches to psychological models 10.23-25
Resolution 181 (II) of UN creates Israel 11.29
Marxist Economic Thought
General Economy History
(Memorandum on Industry)
(In the Hands of the Vanquished)
(Crisis of 1920’s)
'Lesson of the Westminster Revolt'
1947•1953 'The Tool Box of institutional Analysis'
1947•1953 'Five Lectures on the Present Age of Transformation'

1948

World Events Polanyi's Life Date Document
Fifth Cybernetics Conference (NY) on Formation of "I" in language and formal modeling applied to chicken pecking order formation 03.18-19
11.30 < Plan and Market in Ancient Society >
Winter 'From Max Weber's General Economic History'
Winter 'The Two Meanings of “Economic”'

1949

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Document
Allen Morris Sievers, Has Market Capitalism collapsed ? A Critique of Karl Polanyi New Economics, New York, Columbia University, 368 p. / Peter Drucker, The New Society / Karl Jaspers, Vom Ursprung und Ziel der Geschichte 02.25 'Economic History and the Problem of Freedom'
Sixth Cybernetics Conference, at NYC, on neurons, memory and the collaboration between physics and psychology 03.24-25
08.27 From Michael Polanyi
Semi-annual sabbatic in London, he takes lesson of WEA and goes to British Museum[1]. < Redistribution and Exchange >
< Armies and Markets in Ancient Greece: Booty Sale and Provisioning >

1950

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
(Economics and Freedom to Shape Our Social Destiny)
(Plans for work in Russia)
(The Contribution of Institutional Analysis to the Social Sciences)
(Primitive feudalism and the feudalism decay)
10.27 To Oszkár Jászi
11.07 To Oszkár Jászi
12.31 < The Livelihood of Man >

1951

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
11.06 'Meeting Your Junior Self'
11.06 'Child Psychology'
'Public Opinion and Statemanship'
'Consequence of the Industrial Revolution'

1952

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
01. 10 To Abraham Rotstein
01.10 To Arthur ?
01.16 To James W. Angell
01.22 From Walter C. Neale
01.29 To Abraham Rotstein
02.11 From Walter C. Neale
07•08 'Karl Marx (1859)'

1953

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
Dimitrije Mitrinović's death 08.23
“The Institutionalization of the Economic Process”, Second meeting 11.18 “The Institutionalization of the Economic Process” - Minutes of Second Meeting
P. must be writing “Hamlet”. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, or Is a free society?
(Die zwei Bedeutungen von ‘wirtschaftlich’)
11.xx (Food Distribution and Equivalencies)
< Semantics of General Economic History >
< Equivalencies in the Early Empires and the Slow Development of Money Institutions >
(The Livelihood of Man)

Council for Research in the Social Sciences (1954-1958)

1954

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
The Yale Review receives “Hamlet”, given by Peter Drucker, and accepts to publish it. 01.11
(1954) Polanyi plans journals he wants to publish: “Common Frontiers of the Social Sciences”, “Law Aspects of Current Affairs” or “Comparative Studies in Society and History”.[2] 02.24 < Outline for a revision of The Great transformation (1954) >
“The Institutionalization of the Economic Process”, Sixth meeting 04.21 “The Institutionalization of the Economic Process” - Minutes of Sixth Meeting
Spring Hamlet
“The Institutionalization of the Economic Process”, Ninth meeting 12.09 “The Institutionalization of the Economic Process” - Minutes of Ninth Meeting
(Greece)

1955

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
P. is working on Trade and Market 'Freedom and Technology'
17.02 To Robert Merton[3]
xx.03. (Hittite Policies in Regard to Coastal Areas)
“The Institutionalization of the Economic Process”, Tenth meeting 10.03. “The Institutionalization of the Economic Process” - Minutes of Tenth Meeting
19.07 To Michael
21.07 To Conrad Arensberg
26.07 To David Landes
15.11 To Robert Merton[4]
P. attends a Chicago conference on religion (sociologists plus theologians) where he sees Taubes, the author of Abendländische Eschatologie[5] End of November

1956

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
CPSU General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounces the terrorist methods of his predecessor Joseph Stalin Day with Abraham Rotstein 02.25 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes I
02.29 To Michael
Albert Camus, The Fall 03.xx (Notes on the Place Occupied by Economies in Societies)
Ford Foundation writes to Columbia U. to advise that a Grant of $36,000 for the CRSS project is accepted.[6] 04.06
04.10 To Abraham Rotstein
Day with Abraham Rotstein 05.05 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes II
Day with Abraham Rotstein 07.14 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes III
Two Days with Abraham Rotstein 08.25 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes IV
(Leplezett küluralom és szocialista közgazdaság) [Concealed Foreign Rule and Socialist Economics]
Dahomey and the Slave Trade

1957

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
Trade and Market in the Early Empires. Economies in History and Theory (w/ ARENSBERG Conrad & PEARSON Harry (eds.):

Marketless Trading in Hammurabi’s Time“ [ch. II], “Aristotle Discovers the Economy“ [ch. V], “The Place of Economies in Societies“ [ch. XII], “The Economy as Instituted Process“ [ch. XIII]

The Semantics of Money-Uses
Day with Abraham Rotstein 04.06 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes IX
04.24 The Machine and the Discovery of the Society
To Thomas A. Bledsoe
P. sends an outline for an introduction of Freedom and Technology, to Bledsoe[7] 04.24 (Freedom in a complex society)
Day with Abraham Rotstein 05.25 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XI
He thinks that he, and Abraham Rotstein, can finish Freedom and Technology for 31st December, 1957 05.26 To Thomas A. Bledsoe
He and Abraham Rotstein receive a contract from Betty Howe (Beacon Press) for Freedom and Technology 05.29 From Betty Howe
P. and Abraham Rotstein firm a contrat for Freedom and Technology 06.15 Freedom and Technology
Day with Abraham Rotstein 06.25 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XII
Day with Abraham Rotstein 07.20 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XIII
“Terry is working on an article that P. wrote in 1945” [W. Notes XIV][8] 08.__
Day with Abraham Rotstein 08.24 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XIV
Day with Abraham Rotstein 09.14 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XV
Day with Abraham Rotstein 10.12 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XVII
Day with Abraham Rotstein 11.02 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XVIII
P. reads Lukacs's The Young Hegel (1948). 12.05 To Robert McIver
Day with Abraham Rotstein 12.21 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XIX
“P. will have something published soon on sociology (…) [with the help of 'Terry' Hopkins]. This is on the question of institutional change and how strain causes change.” [W. Notes XIX] 12.__ (Psychology and Ideology in Institutional Change - Actual and Postulated Motives)
(A Hungarian Lesson)
To Felix Schafer
< Project #190 - The Origins of Economic Institutions >

1958

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
01.05 Michael
P. reads Hegel (Phenomenology) and Lukacs's The Young Hegel.[9] 01.30 To Conrad Arensberg
Day with Abraham Rotstein, Paul Medow and Harry Pearson[10] 02.15 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XX
P. participates in a TV program on C.B.C., “Fighting Words” 02.16 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XX
P. reads Menger's Grundsätze [1923] 02.19 To Paul Medow
The Rockefeller Foundation refuses to support the continuation of CRSS Project[11] 02.26
Day with Abraham Rotstein 03.29 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XXI
Day with Abraham Rotstein 04.27 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XXII
Day with Abraham Rotstein 05.04 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XXII
Day with Abraham Rotstein 06.30 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XXIII
Day with Abraham Rotstein 08.10 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XXIII
Day with Abraham Rotstein 08.23 Abraham Rotstein, Weekend Notes XXIV
09.26 To Abraham Rotstein
Cardinal Roncalli becomes Pope John XXIII 10.23
11.22 'Remarks on Social Cost'
(For a New West)
(Egy ‘antimarxista’ naplójából) [From the Diary of an Antimarxist]
(A Galilei Kör ötven év távlatából) [The Galilei Circle fifty Years on]
(Carl Menger’s two meanings of ‘economic’)

Continuing Group of the Interdisciplinary Project (1959-1964)

[12]

1959

World's Event Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
P. and A. Rostsein work on Freedom and Technology 01.03 To Thomas A. Bledsoe
01.15 (Gailbraith's Farewell to Poverty)
02.03 To George Dalton
02.15 (Aristotle and Gailbraith on Affluence)
02.27 (Aristotle and Gailbraith on Affluence) (2d ed.)
03.13 (Aristotle on an affluent society)
(Ötven év) [Fifty Years]
08.13 (An Institutional Approach to Early Non-Market Economies)
Karl and Ilona spend three weeks in Europe Autumn (Research into the substantive economy)
(Early Economies)

1960

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
04.24 To György Heltai
05.21 To György Heltai
(The Role of Strain in Institutional Change)
(The Good Life in an Industrial Society)
(Market Elements and Economic Planning in Antiquity)
(Local Food Markets and Market Trade in the Old World)
On the Comparative Treatment of Economic Institutions in Antiquity with Illustrations from Athens, Mycenae, and Alakah
(Széljegyzetek a szocialista világfordulóhoz) [Announcements for the Socialist World Revolution]
11-12.xx A Galilei Kör hagyatéka[The legacy of the Galilean Circle]
The Early Development of Trade, Money and Market Institutions
Statements on Political Philosophy
1960s (Typewritten Draft of a Letter)?

1961

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
02.07 < Outline for a revision of The Great transformation (1961) >
03.30 To Istvan Meszaros
04.24 To the Editors of Új Látóhatár
To Istvan Meszaros
05.xx (The Hungarian Populists)
05.28 To George Dalton
P. spends the afternoon with Nathan Keyfitz[13] 06.02
09.23 (Notes on the Draft Program of the CPSU)

1962

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
03.xx R. F. G. Sweet Review article
Il pensiero sovietica in transizione
Beginning of the Catholic Second Vatican Council 10.11
12.02 “Biographical notes” to Kari Polanyi-Levitt

1963

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
Karl Polanyi and Ilona Duczyńska edit and publish The Plough and the Pen. Writings from Hungary. 1930-1956 01-02.__ (Functions of Money in the Western Slave Trade)
01.xx To Kari Polanyi-Levitt
03.xx (Ports of Trade in Early Societies)
05.13 (Bücher, Karl (1847-1931))
Reflection on the article titled “Text of Pope John’s Encyclical ‘Pacem in Terris’, Calling for a World Community
05.27 To György Lukács
K. P. and I. Duczyńska go to Hungary 10.09 Gazdágszociológia az egyesült államokban [Economic Sociology in the USA]
P. gives an interview to different persons in Budapest 10.15 Ankét
12.xx Hazánk Kötelessege[Our Homeland's Duty]
Hungarian lecture on Rostow
xx.xx (Psychology and Ideology in Institutional Change - Actual and Postulated Motives)

1964

World Events Polanyi's Extended Network(s) Polanyi's Life Date Documents
01.25 To György Lukács
Sortings and ‘Ounce Trade’ in the West African Slave Trade
Karl Polanyi dies at 78. 04.23

Notes and References

  1. Dale 2016, 204
  2. See: 34/10
  3. Quoted in Dale 2016 ; Robert Merton Papers 68/07.
  4. Quoted in Dale 2016 ; Robert Merton Papers 68/07.
  5. See Letter to Michael (29 February 1956)
  6. 31/20, 21.
  7. Weekend Notes XII, 20.
  8. Almost certainly, (The Role of Strain in Institutional Change). -- Santiago Pinault.
  9. A. Rotstein, Weekend Notes XX, 14.
  10. In his letter of Febr. 1, 1958, Harry Pearson speaks about this meeting and in his Weekend Notes XX, Rotstein has a point “Paul Medow and the East”, proving he has talked with him.
  11. See From Norman S. Buchanan.
  12. On the name of this part, see 33/06.
  13. See. From Nathan Keyfitz (2 June 1961)