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Pepijn Brandon is Professor of Global Economic and Social History at the Vrije Universiteit. He also is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History. His work focuses on the history of capitalism, war and economic development, and slavery.

Brandon obtained his MA in history in 2007 (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, and his PhD in history (cum laude) in 2013 at the same university. His dissertation, published in 2015 as War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795) (Leiden: Brill 2015; paperback edition Chicago: Haymarket Books 2017) won the D.J. Veegens Award of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He obtained an NWO Rubicon in 2013 and an NWO Veni in 2014. His current NWO Vidi project (awarded 2021) examines the dispossession of land in the Dutch Empire (16th-18th centuries). In 2019-2020, he headed a large scale research project commissioned by the City Government of Amsterdam into this city's historic role in slavery in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, and in 2021-2022 he led a research project on the involvement in slavery of predecessors of Dutch bank ABN AMRO. 

Brandon is on the editorial board of the International Review of Social History, the International Journal of Maritime History and BMGN/The Low Countries Historical Review. He has held fellowships at the Huntington Library, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University and Brown University (ongoing), and was visiting professor at Harvard University during the 2020 Spring semester.

Ancillary activities

  • International Institute of Social History | Amsterdam | Medewerker | 2014-02-01 - present
  • Stichting In Mijn Buurt | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2019-09-01 - present

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  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • Capitalism
  • War
  • Slavery
  • State formation
  • Colonialism
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • Labour History
  • History of Social Movements
  • Global History
  • HB Economic Theory
  • Heterodox economics
  • Classical political economy
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Financial history


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