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Economic and Social History


The chair group Economic and Social History (ESH) teaches in the bachelor phase of the History programme and contributes to a number of other programmes, such as International Relations and International Organizations (IRIO) and the Honours College.

In the first year of the programme, the emphasis is on the chronological presentation of economic and social history. The theoretical component will be discussed in the second year of when ESH is presented in a thematic sense and in the third year when students deepen the subject. In the first year, ESH presents the interrelation of economic, social and demographic factors and their significance for the globalization process. This story parallels that of the periods (ancient history, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history), on the understanding that ESG has its own periodization. We make an important distinction between the pre-industrial period and the industrial period, with the cut-off point being set in 1750.

In the second year, the most important theories used in economic and social history are presented. Also the student learns to make use of theoretical concepts by writing an essay. In the third year, a further deepening takes place. In addition, there is the possibility to get acquainted with specific sources, methods and research techniques often used in ESH. There is the option to complete the programme with an ESH Bachelor's thesis.


Economic and Social History is part of the master programme History Today. Within this one-year MA programme, we offer research seminars and classes in methods in the various specializations. Individual tutoring of students happens during supervision of ESH theses and internships.

Research master MHIR

Students who have been selected for the two-year research master's program follow components from the several master's program, specific courses and a research internship. A specific ESH profile is certainly possible here.

PhD training

The staff supervises PhD students, AIO’s and external PhD students on their PhD trajectory. Internal PhD students follow a course at the N.W. Posthumus Research Institute. The ESH chair group also provides classes and conducts individual assessments for the Posthumus Research Institute.

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