EDWARD J DAVIES, II portrait
  • Professor, History
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Research Statement

I am currently working on a history of the Cerro Croporation, a major enterprise that had its major mining and processing operations in the Central Sierras of Peru and a smaller operation in Chile. It located its main administrative headquarters that handled production in Lima and a smaller operational administrative center in the Andean community of La Oroya. As a United States incorporated company, its corporate headquarters was situated in New York City. My project begins with an historical background chapter that covers the period from the 1630s when mining formally began in the Central Sierras  to Cerro's appearance in 1902. The remaining chapters cover key issues such as technological challenges, the formation of foreign community of Cerro professionals, building an industrial infrastructure in the high Andean range, medical for Cerro's thousands of employees, Cerro Corporation and the public and private uses of photography and film, and nationalization of the Corporation by the Peruvian military government. 

Creative Research

  • I am currently working on a history of the Cerro Croporation, a major enterprise that had its major mining and processing operations in the Central Sierras of Peru. I have completed chapters 1 and 2. I am currently working on chapter 5, which focuses on the social backgrounds of CdeP personnel. I have also signed up for the several online databases, Genealogy, Archive and Ancestry. I have also used the company magazine, El Serrano, since I have a complete run of the 300 issues. This decision opened up an abundance of information on the 1952 and 1971 groups.This data from their years with Cerro de Pasco has been linked to the data from the internet sources thus giving me a complete picture of the entire lives of these men. After having collected data on hundreds of individuals, I am dividing them into several groups: Directors, Corporate officers, technical personnel, and business personnel. I will later match these men with the pay records from Cerro Corporations, which include every professionals, their monthly and annual pay, their positions, and times serve. . Following individuals after they depart from CdeP is a viable choice given the existing online records for United States citizens. Since many of the professionals who worked for CdeP came others parts of the world, I face a different challenge. I will use Canadian and British vital records to pursue the same goal. Since British and Canadian constitute the largest groups among Cerro professionals, these records will greatly enhance the analysis. I also have contacts in Germany and will also pursue those with the hope of identifying Cerro personnel who returned to Germany after leaving CdeP. I am also researching El Comercio for obituaries of the Peruvians who filled these positions since the company hired many Peruvian professionals. The analysis will then have an international orientation, which fits into my approach World History perspective. Other, in progress 12/2013.
  • I am currently working on a history of the Cerro Croporation, a major enterprise that had its major mining and processing operations in the Central Sierras of Peru and a smaller operation in Chile. It located its main administrative headquarters that handled production in Lima and a smaller operational administrative center in the Andean community of La Oroya. As a United States incorporated company, its corporate headquarters was situated in New York City. My project begins with an historical background chapter that covers the period from the 1630s when mining formally began in the Central Sierras to Cerro's appearance in 1902. The remaining chapters cover key issues such as technological challenges, the formation of foreign community of Cerro professionals, building an industrial infrastructure in the high Andean range, medical for Cerro's thousands of employees, Cerro Corporation and the public and private uses of photography and film, and nationalization of the Corporation by the Peruvian military government. Other, in progress 08/2013.
  • Prepared a website for a major textbook in World History, Linda Walton and Candice Goucher, World History 2nd edition. The project included Internet research of primary sources as well developing questions and answers, locating key terms and visuals for 26 chapters and 287 events and individuals. Overall, the the equivalent number of pages, around 300. Other, completed 09/01/2012.

Presentations

  • Presentation: “The U.S. Connected: Migration, Industrialization and the Global Corporation 1890-1990.” To Utah High School Teachers Workshop March 2011 . Presentation, Presented, 03/15/2011.
  • "The Cerro Corporation's Professional Community and the Global Economy 1945-1965". Presentation, Presented, 10/14/2010.

Languages

  • Spanish, basic.
    Reading.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Peru
    Research on Cerro Corporation 1902-1974. A multinational corporation that had its major operation in Lima and the Central Sierras, Peru.

Publications

  • The Anthracite Aristocracy: Leadership and Social Change in the Hard Coal Regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1800-1930. Northern Illinois University Press, 1985. Published, 12/10/2085.
  • Reviewed Zetterling, Nikolas and Andreas Frankson. The Drive on Moscow 1941: Operation Taifun and Germany’s First Great Crisis in World War I. Appeared in Russian Review 2013. Published, 05/2013.
  • Reviewed Peter Mezhiritsky, On the Precipice: Stalin, the Red Army Leadership and the Road to Stalingrad, 1931-1942. Appeared in Global War Studies 2013.. Published, 04/2013.
  • Website for the World History Text book World History 2nd edition By Candice Goucher and Linda Walton for Routledge Press. 300 pages @ Released 2013. Published, 01/2013.
  • Reviewed Roger R. Reese. Why Stalin’s Soldiers Fought. Global War Studies (2011). Published, 12/02/2011.
  • “The Americas, 500 BCE-2000 CE.” in Oxford Handbook for World History, Jerry Bentley, ed. Oxford University Press, 2011. Published, 09/20/2011.
  • The Myth of the Eastern Front: The Nazi-German War 1941-1945 in American Popular Culture 1941-2006. Cambridge University Press, 2007 Finalist for the Sybil Holbern Milton Prize for the Best Book sponsored by the German Studies Association. . Published, 11/2007.
  • The United States in World History. Routledge, 2006. Published, 08/15/2006.
  • The Global Consequences of World War I, Fall 1999, Microsoft, Encarta. Published, 1999.
  • The American Urban Upper Class 1790-1995," Appeared in Cities and Suburbs in America, 1790-1995, ed. Professor Larry Shumsky, ABC Clio Press, 1998). Published, 1998.
  • Biographical Sketches of Asa Packer, George Whitfield Scranton, & George Baer appeared in The American National Biography (Oxford University Press 1995), editor, John Garraty, Columbia University. Published, 1995.
  • Ten pages sketches of the "The Founding of the American Management Association and the American Management Review," "Clarence Saunders and the Founding of the Piggly Wiggly: America's First Self-Service Grocery Chain," "The Founding of the General Electric Research Laboritory and the Beginning of Industrial Research in America," and "The Railroad Labor Act of 1926 and the Railroad Labor Policy," and "Alfred Sloan & Decentralization" Appeared in the Great Events in American History II: Business and Commerce (Salem Press, 1994). Published, 1994.
  • State Economic Policy and the Region in Pennsylvania, 1853-1895." Business and Economic History 27(Fall 1992): 430-440. Published, 10/20/1992.
  • "Class and Power in the Anthracite Region: The Control of Political Leadership in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1845-1885." Journal of Urban History 9(1983): 291-334. Published, 08/12/1983.
  • "Large-Scale Systems and Regional Leadership: Wilkes-Barre's Upper Class and Urban Elites in the Northern Anthracite Region, 1920-1930." Public Historian 4(1982): 39-68. Published, 11/14/1982.
  • "Regional Networks and Social Change: The Evolution of Urban Leadership in the Northern Anthracite Coal Regions, 1840-1880." Journal of Social History 16(1982): 47-74. Published, 10/05/1982.
  • "Elite Migration and Urban Growth: The Rise of Wilkes-Barre in the Northern Coal Region, 1820-1880." Pennsylvania History 45(1978):291-318. Published, 10/15/1978.