Research School for Economic and Social History


Pepijn Brandon receives VIDI Grant

Dr Pepijn Brandon, Research Director of the N.W. Posthumus Institute Research Network ‘Economy and Society of the Pre-industrial Low Countries in Comparative Perspective’ and affiliated with both the International Institute of Social History and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been awarded a VIDI Grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for his project ‘Land Grabbing and Dutch Empire (16th-18th century)’.

Land Grabbing is an urgent global problem with deep historical roots. This project shows how the market-oriented early modern Dutch state encouraged large-scale dispossession of land as commercial strategy within and outside Europe. The Dutch example highlights the interplay between violence and markets in the development of agrarian capitalism.

The N.W. Posthumus Institute congratulates Dr Pepijn Brandon with this grant, which will enable him to develop an own innovative line of research and to set up an own research group.

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