Veni grant for Joris van den Tol for research into the makers of the economic 'Golden Age'

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to five young researchers of the Radboud University. With this grant of up to 280.000 euro they can further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. One of these researchers is Joris van den Tol.

Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who recently obtained their doctorate. Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme, and is awarded every year.

Dr Joris van den Tol's project will investigate how it is possible that while the 'Golden Age' came to an end after about 1670, the share of the colonial processing industry in the economy quadrupled. This project looks beyond the role of merchants and traders in the economy, but focuses on the role of production (industry) and processing industry (trade). Looking beyond Holland and Zeeland, it is striking that economic value was added in the 'land provinces', which thus played a central role in the early modern globalisation process. This is not just about economic production; influencing regulations and setting import levies to protect one's own industry was at least as crucial.

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