We are interested in a longue durée and comparative approach to the history of various world regions. Questions we ask include: How do slave labour and other types of forced labour contribute to economic development? How do patterns of migration and circulation of ideas influence globalization? What can the history of the social sciences explain about how we view the world? How do people cope with climate change and other environmental changes?
The Global History group comprises of three research groups: Global Economic and Social History, Water and Environmental History and Global History from an Anthropological Perspective.
Chair of Global Economic and Social History
The Global Economic and Social History (GESH) Chair group investigates the history of flows of goods, people, and ideas around the world, It closely cooperates with the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam (IISG) which specializes on social movements, labour history and the history of capitalism. We ask questions such as: How do knowledge societies and economies develop? How do cities deal with worldwide economic changes? What effects does capitalism have on cultural change? How do large-scale economic and social developments affect heritage and collective memory?
Our focus areas
- Knowledge societies and economies
- Capitalism, culture and society
- Trade networks
- (Forced) labour and migration
We coordinate the minor American studies and teach the following courses: BA History and International studies (HIS): World History 500-1800 and 1800-2000; Social History of the United States; History and Social sciences; Transatlantic connections; BA Geschiedenis: Handel en kapitalisme; Geschiedenis en sociale wetenschappen; MA/RMA Global History: Slavery, abolition and compensation; Methodologies. Also we offer tutorials on economic and social history themes and advise on theses and internships.
- Slaves, commodities and logistics (with IISG and Leiden University)
- Reforming Senates. Legislative houses in North-Atlantic small powers 1800-present
- Land Grabbing Empire - State Strategies and Large Scale Land Transfers in Dutch Expansion (16th-18th century)
Pepijn Brandon, Professor of Global Economic and Social History
Ulbe Bosma, Endowed professor of International and Comparative Social History and researcher at the IISG
Wybren Verstegen, Assistant professor in Economic and Social History
Lucas Poy, Assistant Professor in Global Economic and Social History, with a focus on Latin America
Karel Davids, Emeritus full professor of Economic and Social History
Wantje Fritschy, Emeritus endowed professor of History of government finances
Jan Lucassen, Emeritus endowed professor of International and Comparative Social History
|Tamira Combrink||Slaves, commodities and logistics|
|Heleen Blommers||Deconstructing the war on poverty: the rise of a policy failure narrative, 1964-1985|
|Tzu-Yi (Dylan) Hsu||Chinese capital, land ownership and labour migration in the early VOC empire|
|Gerrie Lierens||Actoren en discrepanties op de Nederlandse arbeidsmarkt na 1945|
|Sam Miske||Land Grabbing in Southeast Asia: Company, Conquest, and Indigenous Power in the Banda Islands and West-Java, 17th Century|
|Ruud Paesie||Het Korendragersgilde in Amsterdam, ca. 1550- 1900|
|Zawdie Sandvliet||Land Grabbing in the Dutch Atlantic: Land, Indigenous rights and African slavery in New Netherland and Suriname|
|Pauline Wittebol||Amsterdamse handelsnetwerken en Amerika in de 18de eeuw|
|Jan Willem de Wijn||Migratie: het Aalsmeermodel|
GESH researchers are members of these institutes:
- CLUE+ Research Institute, cluster Globalization, Capitalism, Colonialism
- International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISG)
- National Research School N.W.Posthumusinstituut: network Economy and Society of the Pre-Industrial Low Countries in Comparative Perspective
- Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities
Chair of Water and Environmental History
This research group approaches the relationship between humans, landscape and animals from an ecological, social-economic and political perspective. In this way we hope to contribute to a more sustainable world. Questions we ask include: how do people cope with climate change and other ecological changes? What are the historical roots of the globalization of more sustainable behaviour and politics? How is nature an agency in historical development?
Our focus areas
- History of water institutions and water governance
- Drinking water, drought and climate change
- Natural disasters, water security and floods
- Animal-human relations
We coordinate the minor European urban and cultural history and the RMA Global history track, and teach the following courses, in cooperation with other Chair groups: BA History and International studies: World History 500-1800; Water and Enviromental History; BA Geschiedenis: Amsterdam: A Historical Introduction; MA/RMA Global History: History of Natural Disasters; From Source to Public; Environmental Humanities. Also we offer tutorials on environmental history and advise on theses and internships.
- Coping with drought – An environmental history of drinking water shortages and climate adaptation in the Netherlands, 1550-1850.
- In search of the poldermodel – History of the water boards
- History of the NAP
|Berco Hoegen||History of the soft wood plantations (coppicing practices) in the river area|
|Dániel Moerman||‘When the Well Runs Dry’: Drinking Water and Climate Adaptation in the Eastern Netherlands, 1600-1850|
WEH researchers are members of these institutes:
- Environmental Humanities Center
- CLUE+ Research Institute, cluster Environmental and Health Humanities
- National Research School N.W.Posthumusinstituut: netwerk Societies in their environment: regional analysis of urban and rural developmen
- Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis
Chair of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective
Global History from an Anthropological Perspective is a research group that combines methodological and conceptual insights from history and anthropology to come to a better understanding of societies’ present and past. Research and teaching focuses on themes such as migration, ethnicity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism; state formation and the construction of sovereignty and identity; and the social and political dimensions within which history and memory exist. Our research encompasses the modern and contemporary history of Europe, Africa, and Asia and the Caribbean.
Our staff members teach bachelor's courses on Global History; Empires and States in Globalising World, 1500-present; Global Migration History; International Relations from Below; and International Organisations. They also offer master's tutorials on the history and anthropology of mobility and on modern China. Our staff members coordinate the minor in Migration Studies. We provide thesis supervision for bachelor’s and master’s students wishing to write about the history and anthropology of migration, mobility, state and identity formation, and transnationalism based on archival research, "ego documents" and life history research, material culture studies and anthropological methods and techniques.
- Socioeconomic background of state formation in early modern Europe
- Relationships between Chinese managers and local employees at Chinese companies in Europe
- Relationships between French entrepreneurs and Moroccan museums
- Lifestyle migration from China
- Moroccan and Algerian migrant activism in Europe
- The Study of Dutch Identity Formation in Global Perspective[BR2]
Pál Nyíri, Professor of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective
Norah Karrouche, Assistant professor
Younes Saramifar, Assistant Professor in Inhumanities, with a focus on the history and anthropology of Political Violence
Marjolein ‘t Hart, Emeritus professor of the History of State Formation in Global Perspective
Zhu Yidan, visiting research fellow, Project about non-elite intellectuals in Republican China.
Our staff members also hold appointments at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Huygens Institute of the History of the Netherlands (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). Moreover, they are members of research centres and schools including: