How and why have economies grown historically? Why and how did worldwide inequalities come into being? How have people all over the world in the past up to the present dealt with the issue of providing a living for themselves and their families? To what extent did they do so either in harmony or in conflict with their surrounding natural environments? And how did this all develop over time?
The RHI seminar aims to address these and other questions by organizing monthly lectures and papers on concrete empirical case studies from economic and social history. We explicitly welcome a lively debate on the presented work, and therefore usually distribute the papers beforehand. We regularly invite international speakers, such as James Robinson and Jan de Vries, but also people from the Netherlands and the own chair group (see: previous seminars).
RHI seminars in principle take place every second Thurday of the month (see below for actual scheduled dates). They are open to the public, but with regard to accommodation and distribution of the paper in advance, we would like you to give notice of attention to the Rural and Environmental History Group.