A number of Economic and Social History researchers are working on commissioned research projects. Among other things, they carry out research into the history of companies at the behest of third parties. The most expansive study in this respect is Bedrijfsleven in Nederland in de 20e eeuw (Business in the Netherlands in the 20th century, BINT – http://www.bintproject.nl/). Its objective is a series of seven books which shed light on the development of Dutch business during the 20th century in all its facets and its mutual cohesion.
The second accent within the research group is the modernisation of the Dutch society and economy in the centuries before the industrial revolution. Recent research focuses on the development of markets in Holland in the late Middle Ages, the organisation of international trade in the Low Countries and the political economy of the Republic, among other things.
Since 2001, the research group has held seminars at which Dutch and foreign researchers present their work. At least twelve seminars are organised annually.
Further information on the group members, research, publications and activities can be found in the group's Virtual Knowledge Centre.
Selection of projects
Members of the research group participate in Utrecht University's research focus area Origins and Impacts of Institutions. Moreover, the group Social Economic History is active in the national research school Posthumus Instituut. The research group supports the cooperation between Dutch and Flemish researchers working on the pre-industrial economy and society of the Low Countries, in the framework of the Low Countries research programme of the Posthumus Instituut.
Within the BINT project (Business in the Netherlands in the 20th century – http://www.bintproject.nl/), the Utrecht research group Economic and Social History works together with scholars from several other universities and institutions.
In 2009 the International Economic History Association (IEHA) will hold its 15th World Economic History Congress in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from August 3 to 7. OGC's research group Economic and Social History hosts the congress, together with the International Institute of Social History. The World Economic History Congress takes place every three or four years. It offers excellent opportunities for scholars in economic history from all over the world to present their work, exchange knowledge and views, and set the research agenda for the years to come. Please check the website at http://www.wehc2009.org/.