Papers and Books on business and economic history in CEE

This list presents recent publications concerning Business History in Central and Eastern Europe by members of WBHCEE network as well as other researchers.



Coufalová, Lucie, and Libor Žídek. 2023. “Lost in the Transition: Czech Businesses Pivoting from the Centrally Planned Economy to Capitalism.” Enterprise & Society. Cambridge University Press, 1–32. doi:10.1017/eso.2023.17.

Bębnowski, Damian. "On Polish economic historiography in exile, 1945–1989." Economic History of Developing Regions (2023): 1-17.

Olejniczak, Tomasz, and Anna Pikos. "The evolution of genre: Systematic review of Polish corporate histories." Business History (2022): 1-24.

Shlyakhter, Andrey Alexander. "Smuggler States: Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Contraband Trade Across the Soviet Frontier, 1919-1924." PhD diss., The University of Chicago, 2020. doi:10.1017/eso.2022.42.


Bębnowski, Damian. The Importance of Constitutional Rules and Property Rights, (Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang Verlag, 2022) doi:10.3726/b20221

Chuchko, Marina. "Business representation in an autocratic regime: Tariff policy and exchange committees in late Tsarist Russia." The Economic History Review 75, no. 3 (2022): 801-829.

Fava, Valentina, and Volodymyr Kulikov. "Recent Trends in the Business History of Russia: The Blurry Borders of the Discipline." Business History Review 96, no. 2 (2022): 325-351. DOI:

Gregg, Amanda, and Tamar Matiashvili. "Modernization in Progress: Part-Year Operation, Mechanization, and Labor Force Composition in Late Imperial Russia." The Journal of Economic History.  DOI:

Matala, Saara. "Negotiating bilateralism: the Finnish-Soviet clearing trade and payment system, 1952–1990." Scandinavian Economic History Review 70, no. 1 (2022): 87-107.

Olejniczak, Tomasz, and Anna Pikos. "The evolution of genre: Systematic review of Polish corporate histories." Business History (2022): 1-24.

Pérez Izquierdo, Telmo, and Elizaveta Pronkina. "Behind the Curtain: How did women's work history vary across Central and Eastern Europe?." Economics of Transition and Institutional Change (2022).

Tymiński, Maciej. "Provincial Apparatchiks as Investment Supervisors: The Polish Economic Boom of the Early 1970s." Europe-Asia Studies (2022): 1-30.


Harris, Steven E. "The World’s Largest Airline: How Aeroflot Learned to Stop Worrying and Became a Corporation." Laboratorium: Журнал социальных исследований 1 (2021): 20-56.


Morys, Matthias, ed. The economic history of Central, East and South-East Europe: 1800 to the present. Routledge, 2020.

Yányshev-Nésterova, Irina. "Soviet big business: The rise and fall of the state corporation Sovrybflot, 1965-1991." Business History (2020): 1-24.

Augustine, Dolores L. "Management of technological innovation: high tech R&D in the GDR." Business History (2020): 1-17.