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The Global Economic History Series aims to publish works contributing to the description, clarification and explanation of long-term changes in world economy, including such issues as the differential economic development of various countries and regions, and the economic and social inequalities that resulted from this imbalanced pattern. The series includes studies which combine a theoretical perspective with detailed historical investigations, and utilise a comparative perspective to unravel the mysteries of global economic development.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to either the series editors or the publisher at BRILL, Plantijnstraat 2, 2321 JC Leiden, The Netherlands.

Manuscripts (in English) should be 90,000 to 180,000 words in length and may include black and white illustrations. The editors are interested in receiving proposals for specialist monographs and syntheses, multi-authored contributions such as conference proceedings, as well as thematic issues, source translations and edited texts.


As a subseries of the GEHS the following series of books on Chinese history is currently in development:

The Quantitative Economic History of China, ca. 960-1949 (see here for more information on the project)

It is a widely known historical fact that China was once a world leader both in terms of technology and wealth and the economic success of the recent decades makes it likely that China can once more regain this role during the 21st century. Yet, our factual knowledge on the historical development path of China is strongly limited and so are our possibilities to answer the most intriguing scientific questions regarding China`s long-term path of development or the mechanism of economic transformations in general. 

The Quantitative Economic History of China series is a response to the increased demand for good quality new historical data on China and is hence devoted to the collection and publication of the available historical statistics on Chinese economy and society. The temporal scope of the series stretches from the Song Dynasty (ca. AD 980) to the Republic of China (ca. 1949).  It aims at including most aspects of Chinese economy and society which covers, but is not restricted to, government finance, GDP, money and banking, health, population, welfare, trade and transport, and industry. In addition to providing historical statistics, this series also presents an up to date overview of recent literature as well as historical and economic analyses by experts of the respective topics.