Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen

Full professor

Home Institution: Institute of Chinese and Korean Studies, Univ. of Tübingen

IKGF Visiting Fellow February 2015 - July 2015

IKGF Visiting Fellow October 2019 - February 2020

IKGF Research Project

Mining and Deep Drilling in Chinese and European History: An Interface between Prognostication, Fate and Knowledge

Curriculum vitae

Hans Ulrich Vogel specializes in social and economic history as well as the history of technology and science in traditional China. Among other topics, he has written extensively on the history of salt production, mining, money and metrology as well as the history of kickball in pre-modern China, dealing with these topics in a systematic and comprehensive way. He is the editor, together with Günter Dux, of a volume on Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective, (Leiden: Brill, 2010). In ,2013, he published a book entitled Marco Polo Was in China: New Evidence from Monies, Salts and Revenues (Leiden: Brill). Near completion are his contributions on the history of the salt industry to Joseph Needham’s Science and Civilisation in China and a book manuscript (together with Peter Golas) on China’s Georgius Agricola: Wu Qijun (1789-1847) and his “Illustrated Account of the Mines and Smelters of Yunnan”, i.e. a history of the mining and smelting industry in Yunnan during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Together with Cao Jin and Sabine Kink, he has authored a text book entitled “Die Falschmünzerbande vom Alten Rabenhorst (1794) in Texten und Kontexten: Ein Lehrbuch zur chinesischen Dokumentensprache der Qing-Zeit,” which will be published in 2015. Besides being editor of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, the leading journal in the field, he is also editor-in-chief of a new Brill 20-volume series entitled Monies, Markets and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900. Vogel is the initiator and founder of the European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University(2001) and was chair (2003-2004) of the DFG Post-graduate Research Programme “Global Challenges – Transnational and Transcultural Approaches,” before becoming the initiator and director of the DFG research group, “Monies, Markets and Finance in China and East Asia, 1600-1900,” from 2005 to 2012. His language facilities for research comprise German, English, Dutch, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Manchu.

Selected Publications


  • Hans Ulrich Vogel, Cao Jin and Sabine Kink. Die Falschmünzerbande vom Alten Rabenhorst im Distrikt Tongzi, Guizhou (1794): Ein Lehrbuch zur chinesischen Dokumentensprache der Qing-Zeit (1644-1911). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015 (in preparation).
  • Marco Polo Was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues. Leiden: Brill (Monies, Markets and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900; 2), 2013, 643 pp.
  • Yoshida Tora (author), Hans Ulrich Vogel (revised transl. from Japanese and Chinese). Salt Production Techniques in Ancient China: The Aobo tu. Leiden: Brill (Sinica Leidensia; 27), 1993, 308 pp.

Books edited

  • Hans Ulrich Vogel and Günter Dux (eds.), with an overview and introduction by Mark Elvin. Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective. Leiden, Boston: Brill (Conceptual History and Chinese Linguistics; 1), 2010, 566 pp.
  • Hans Ulrich Vogel, Christine Moll-Murata, and Gao Xuan (eds.). Studies in Ancient Chinese Scientific and Technical Texts: Proceedings of the 3rd ISACBRST. Zhengzhou: Daxiang chubanshe, 2006, 300 pp.
  • Christine Moll-Murata, Song Jianze and Hans Ulrich Vogel (eds). Chinese Handicraft Regulations of the Qing Dynasty: Theory and Application. München: Iudicum Verlag, 2005, 559 pp.


  • “Ein unsichtbarer Schatz: Erdgas im alten China”, in Babette Ludowici (ed.), Im Goldenen Schnitt: Niedersachsens längste Ausgrabung, Hannover und Petersberg: Landesmuseum Hannover and Michael Imhof Verlag, 2013, pp. 69-75.
  • “Homo ludens sinensis: Kickball in China from the 7th to the 16th Centuries”, in Vivienne Lo (ed.), Perfect Bodies, Sports, Medicine and Immortality, London: The British Museum Press, 2012, pp. 39-58.
  • „The Diffusion and Transmission of the Rotary-Fan Winnowing-Machine from China to Europe: New Findings and New Questions“, History of Technology, 27:1-41 (2006, publ. in 2007)
  • „Ma Jis ‘Yanjing tushuo’ (Illustrierte Abhandlung über die Salzbrunnen [Sichuans]) aus der späten Ming-Zeit und seine technikgeschichtliche Bedeutung“, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 155.1:253-294 (2005).


  • Since 1999 Editor-in-chief of the journal Science, Technology, and Medicine in East Asia (vormals Chinese Science) for the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (Paris).
  • Since 2011 editor of the book series „Monies, Markets and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900“ with Brill Publishers in Leiden.