Prof. Dr. Jan Lucassen (Senior Fellow, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Retd)

Extended Archives of Indian Labour: Early Modern Labour History of India

11 November 2018 – 08 April 2019

During the Fellowship his research focused on the following topics:

  1. Global labour history, more in particular the revision of my book manuscript  Work: a Concise History (. 450 pp.) This stage of the work has now been completed and the ms. is actually being reviewed linguistically and as to style by a native speaker. Publication hopefully in 2020/2021.
  2. The history of wages in India in the long run. Together with Dr. Pim de Zwart of Wageningen University I have completed an article on real wage developments in Northern India: “Poverty or Prosperity in Northern India? New Evidence on Real Wages, 1590s-1870s”. The article has been submitted to a top-journal in economic history, has received 5 reviews, and we are actually making the necessary revisions. Publication hopefully in 2020.
  3. The history of wages in early-sixteenth century India. Together with Dr. Paulo Teodoro de Matos (Lisbon University) and article has been written, reviewed and in the meantime accepted by the journal Ler Historia. It will be published still in 2019 under the title “Early Portuguese data for wage developments in India: Kannur (Cananor), 1516-1517”.
  4. Together with the same Dr. Matos and Hélder Carvalhal (Lisbon University) I have started an article on wage developments in Portuguese India in the first half of the sixteenth century. On the basis of 2,3, and 4 The four authors involved have been invited to publish a special issue of the International Review of Social History in 2021.
  5. For research on the modalities of wage payments in India see below sub 2 (organization of workshops).
  6. I started research at the National Archives of India (Delhi) for a volume, commissioned by Dr. Sanjay Garg, series edititor of the “Monetary History of India” (published by Manohar, New Delhi) for a volume in that series, entitled Money for the masses: Coin Production and Circulation in India, to be finished in 2020/2021.
  7. Finally, I wrote an Obituary for my dear colleague and friend Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (1938-2019), published by the International Review of Social History 2019, pp. 1-6.


Jan Lucassen, MA Leiden University, PhD 1984 Utrecht University, has been lecturing socio-economic history at the universities of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Hull (UK), and the Free University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), at the endowed chair of comparative international social history. First research director at the International Institute of Social History (1988-2001). Now retired and senior research fellow at the IISH. His publications center on global labour history (including labour migration and the nexus between labour and monetary history), in particular of Western Europe and India.

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