Research Network Paper Trade in Early Modern Europe


Ansprechpartner: Prof. Dr. Daniel Bellingradt
In der Werkstatt seit: 2015


It is a truism that the early modern book world run on paper. However, the European paper trade is one of the most unknown economic activities of the early modern period. In fact, the workings of the paper trade between the fifteenth and early nineteenth centuries remain one of the least studied areas of book history. This research network, founded by Sandra Zawrel and Daniel Bellingradt in September 2015, aims to reposition the paper trade in (book) history.

What are we aiming for?

By establishing this network, we aim to bring together international experts from different disciplinary backgrounds and encourage a lively discussion on one of the most unknown economic activities of the early modern period in Europe – the paper trade. Core issues are, among others, the organisations of the paper trade viewed from a transnational/international perspective, and the various management processes linking paper production with distribution. Further, we would like to engage with recent research on paper addressed for example in media theory.

So far, and in a first step, this network brought together about 50 members from 12 different countries. We kindly invite interested colleagues to join us, just drop us a mail (, and please bring our network to the attention of your interested colleagues.

It is our goal to organize an international conference on the topic in the near future. Until then, we are mainly interested in documenting research efforts, discuss methodological approaches, and help developing ideas and perspectives for future activities on the impact and the details of the early modern paper trade in Europe.

Members of the Network

So far, more than 50 members from 12 different countries participate in the research network:

Renaud Adam (Liége, Belgium) / Myriam de Arteni (New York, USA) / Sara Barker (Leeds, Great Britain) / Daniel Bellingradt (Erlangen, Germany) / Michaelle Biddle (Middeltown, USA) / John Bidwell (New York, USA) / Frank Birkenholz (Groningen, The Netherlands) / Mark Bland (Leicester, Great Britain) / Andrew Brown (Pays des Gex, France) / Ramón Bárcena Colina (Santander, Spain) / Orietta Da Rold (Cambridge, Great Britain) / Kathryn Desplanque (Durham, USA) / Georg Dietz (Leipzig, Germany) / Maria Dolors Diaz-Miranda Macias (Spain) / Paul M. Dover (Kennesaw, USA) / Dean Ferguson (Kingsville, USA) / Monika Frohnapfel-Leis (Erfurt, Germany) / Chaimy J. Folsom (Kansas City, USA) / Anna Gialdini (London, Great Britain) / Marina Garone Gravier (Mexico City, Mexico) / Miquel Gutiérrez-Poch (Barcelona, Spain) / Lucas Haasis (Oldenburg, Germany) / Tobias Hodel (Zurich, Switzerland) / Silvia Hufnagel (Reykjavik, Iceland) / Leon Jackson (Columbia, USA) / Geke van de Kamp (Zaanstad, The Netherlands) / Adriaan Kardinaal (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) / Catherine Kikuchi (Rome, Italy) / Karin Kröger (Erfurt, Germany) / Nina Lamal (Antwerp, Belgium) / Stephen Lubell (London, Great Britain) / Rebecca Mathew (Birmingham, Great Britain) / Carla Meyer-Schlenkrich (Heidelberg, Germany) / Pieter van Nieuwburg (Zaanstad, The Netherlands) / Sean Nortz (Providence, USA) / Pádraig Ó Macháin (Cork/Ireland) / Mark Peterson (Virginia, USA) / Goran Proot (Antwerp, Belgium) / Krisztina Rábai (Szeged, Hungary) / Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Old Main, USA) / Paolo Sachet (London, Great Britain) / Timo Särkkä (Jyväskylä, Finland) / Frieder Schmidt (Leipzig, Germany) / Kristof Selleslach (Antwerp, Belgium) / Asheesh Siddique (New York, USA) / Helen Smith (York, Great Britain) / Carlos Spoerhase (Bielefeld, Germany) / Joshua Teplitsky (New York, USA) / Tom Toelle (Hamburg / Germany) / Jan Willem Veluwenkamp (Groningen, The Netherlands) / Andreas Weber (Philadelphia, USA) / Nikolaus Weichselbaumer (Mainz, Germany) / Megan Williams (Groningen, The Netherlands) / Sandra Zawrel (Erfurt, Germany).

Projektbezogene Publikationen und Vorträge

Bellingradt, Daniel: Vernetzte Papiermärkte. Amsterdam und der Handel mit Papier während der Frühen Neuzeit. TU Dresden 05.07.2018