The HINDI research project is an ERC funded research project on the historical dynamics of industrialization of Northwestern Europe and China, supervised by dr. Bas van Leeuwen. Hosted by the International Institute of Social History (IISH) and the University of Utrecht (UU), the research group aims at contributing to the academic debates about the Industrial Revolution, the Great Divergence and de-industrialization, by constructing new datasets and publications about the European and Chinese manufacturing sector during 1820 - 2010. Read More


PUBLICATION: MONEY, CURRENCY AND CRISIS. IN SEARCH OF TRUST FROM 2000 BC TO AD 2000.

In the recently published edited volume Money, Currency and Crisis. In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000, editors Bas van Leeuwen (IISH) and Robartus J. van der Spek explore the role of money in economic performance, and focus on how monetary systems have affected economic crises for the last 4,000 years. The international panel of experts assembled in this volume offer a long-range international perspective on this debate, from ancient Assyria to modern societies in Europe, China and the US. Read More


WORKSHOP ON LONG-RUN REGIONAL INDUSTRIALIZATION (22 - 23 MARCH 2018, AMSTERDAM): THE AFTERMATH

The HINDI research group - in collaboration with the IISH - organized at Thu-Fri 22-23 March 2018 a workshop on the economic geography of long-run industrialization (approx. 1800 - 2010) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Here, economists, economic historians, and economic geographers discussed the quantitative long-run regional process of industrialization, as well as the empirical and political conclusions one can derive from it. Read More


ANNOUNCEMENT: HINDI TEAM WON THE SIR TIMOTHY COGHLAN PRIZE FOR BEST PAPER IN AEHR IN 2017

Our research article on Chinese historical GDP has been awarded by the Sir Timothy Coghlan Prize for the best paper published in Australian Economic History Review (AEHR) in 2017. This was a historical breakthrough for Chinese academics, as for the first time researchers from China won a best paper prize in one of the larger international economic history journals.  Read More