prof. dr. C.A. (Karel) Davids

Prof. dr. Karel Davids’ primary interest is Global History, focusing on comparative research on the circulation of knowledge, people and goods in the (early) modern period. Another field of research that holds his interest is Maritime History and the History of Technology. Karel Davids supervises a number of PhD students and projects in these various areas. Information about his own research, the research of his PhD students and other Global History and Maritime Heritage projects connected to the VU can be found on this website.

Davids holds the chair of Economic and Social History in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Economics of the VU University Amsterdam. Previously he has been Assistant Professor in Social and Political History at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Research Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the University of Leiden. His books in English include A Miracle Mirrored. The Dutch Republic in European Perspective (Cambridge UP, 1995, co-edited with Jan Lucassen), The Rise and Decline of Dutch Technological Leadership. Technology, Economy and Culture in the Netherlands, 1350-1800 (Brill 2008), and Religion, Technology and the Great and Little Divergences: China and Europe compared, c.700-1800 (Brill 2013).