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Pepijn Brandon is assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History. His work focuses on three connected themes: 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 institution. His dissertation, published in 2015 as War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795) (Leiden: Brill 2015; paperback edition Chicago: Haymarket Books 2017) was awarded 'Best dissertation of the year 2013' by the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Culture and History and won the D.J. Veegens Award of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and HumanitiesFrom September 2014 until January 2016, Brandon has worked at the University of Pittsburgh on an NWO-Rubicon fellowship. In 2016, he obtained an NWO Veni-scholarship for his project Naval shipyards: Laboratories of capitalism.





  • 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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Military Business & Economics
18th century Business & Economics
Fiscal Business & Economics
Costs Arts & Humanities
Capitalism Business & Economics
India Business & Economics
Entrepreneurs Business & Economics
Warfare Business & Economics

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Research Output 2007 2018

Business of War

Brandon, P., 't Hart, M. C. & Torres-Sánchez, R., Jan 2018, In : Business History. 60, 1, 125 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalSpecial issue (editing)Academicpeer-review

Das materielle Erbe von Karl Marx

Brandon, P., 2018, Karl Marx 1818-1883: Leben. Werk. Zeit. Bouvier, B. & Auts, R. (eds.). Trier: Theiss, p. 36-55 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Golden Age

Brandon, P., Jul 2018, In : Krisis. 38, 2, p. 67-69 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Introduction: Maximising revenues, minimising political costs - Challenges in the history of public finance of the early modern period

t'Hart, M., Brandon, P. & Sánchez, R. T., Apr 2018, In : Financial History Review. 25, Special Issue 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Public finance
Political costs

Activities 2014 2018

Harvard University

Brandon, P. (Visiting researcher)
Jan 2018Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Dutch Capitalism and Slavery in the Longer Run: A reorientation

Brandon, P. (Speaker)
23 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


D.J. Veegens award

P. Brandon (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

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Live: Keti Koti 2018

P. Brandon


1 media contribution

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Een land als zovele: Nieuw Realisme in de Nederlandse geschiedwetenschap

P. Brandon


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Delving deep into manuscripts of Marx and Engels - Chinese version

P. Brandon


1 media contribution

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Delving deep into manuscripts of Marx and Engels

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150 jaar Das Kapital

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