Just Published: North Eurasian Trade in World History, 1660-1860 (London: Routledge 2021)

This book offers the first long-term analysis of the protracted struggle between Britain, France, Prussia, Russia, and Sweden for economic power and political influence in the northern part of the Eurasian continent between 1660 and 1860. This book shows how their commercial, diplomatic, and military entanglements determined the course of Baltic trade from the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century, provoking, among other things, the decline of the Dutch Republic and the partitions of Poland-Lithuania.

The author conceptualizes the Baltic Sea as one of North Eurasia’s western border basins, alongside the White, Black, and Caspian Seas, and employs novel statistical series of Baltic trade as a proxy for the long-term development of North Eurasian trade in world history. Based on extensive quantitative evidence and sources for the history of international relations, this book outlines how North Eurasian trade became an object of growing tensions between various larger and smaller powers with a stake in North Eurasia’s riches. The book addresses the long-term impact of mercantilist policies, territorial greed, and military conflicts in North Eurasia’s border basins, and accentuates the significance of developments in the preindustrial transport and commercial infrastructure of the North Eurasian landmass. Employing the concept of North Eurasia and its different borderlands and border basins, this book overcomes previous limitations in the historiography of globalization and sheds light on a large, continental landmass, which researchers tend to leave aside for the benefit of a predominant maritime perspective in historical studies of globalization.

North Eurasian Trade in World History, 16601860 will be invaluable reading for students and scholars interested in world history, East European history, and the history of international relations and trade.

Über die Forschung der Professur

Kennzeichnend für die Forschung der Professur für Digitale Geschichtswissenschaften sind:

  • die Arbeit mit historischem Primärmaterial serieller Natur, d.h. von manchmal über Jahrhunderte hinweg geführten Quellen mit einer mehr oder weniger festen und sich wiederholenden Struktur,
  • der zeitliche Fokus auf die Geschichte der Vorindustriellen Zeit (GVIZ),
  • der räumliche Fokus auf den nördlichen Teil Europas, mit dem Nordsee/Ostseegebiet und dem Rhein/Main-Gebiet als besonderen Schwerpunkten,
  • der thematische Fokus auf die Geschichte und Kultur der vorindustriellen Transportlogistik;
  • die Zusammenarbeit mit benachbarten Disziplinen an der Universität Bamberg sowie die nationale und internationale Zusammenarbeit.