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: Department of Chinese Studies, Univ. of Tübingen

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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 the social and economic history and the history of technology and science in traditional China. Among others, 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. He was 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 with the title Marco Polo Was in China: New Evidence from Monies, Salts and Revenues (Leiden: Brill), which in 2015 received an ICAS accolade for the best specialist publication in social sciences of the years 2013 and 2014. Together with Cao Jin and Sabine Kink he authored a textbook entitled Die Falschmünzerbande vom Alten Rabenhorst im Distrikt Tongzi, Guizhou (1794): Die chinesische Dokumentensprache der Qing-Zeit (1644-1911) in Forschung und Lehre, which will be published open access in 2020 with Tübingen University Press. Near completion is a book manuscript (together with Peter Golas and Cao Jin) 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. Vogel is the initiator and founder of the European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University (2001) and was director of the DFG research group "Monies, Markets and Finance in China and East Asia, 1600-1900" from 2005 to 2012. Presently he is Director of the DFG Research Project "Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China: Convergences and Divergences in the Light of the Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 (Investigations of the Earth's Interior; 1640) and the Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)" (2018-2021), and is also editor-in-chief of the Brill series Monies, Markets and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900. His language facilities for research comprise German, English, Dutch, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Manchu.

Selected Publications


  • (with Cao Jin and Sabine Kink) Die Falschmünzerbande vom Alten Rabenhorst im Distrikt Tongzi, Guizhou (1794): Die chinesische Dokumentensprache der Qing-Zeit (1644-1911) in Forschung und Lehre. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015 (in press).
  • 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.
  • (with Yoshida Tora) (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.


  • "Marco Polo's Crouching Dragons and Hidden Tigers" (for a conference volume, in press).
  • (with Cao Jin) "Kunyu gezhi jingxian yu shi: Agelikela De re metallica (Kuangye quanshu) 1640 nian zhong yiben" 《坤舆格致》惊现于世:阿格里科拉《De re metallica》(《矿冶全书》) 1640 年中译本 (The Sensational Re-appearance of the Kunyu gezhi [Investigations of the Earth's Interior]: The 1640 Translation Manuscript of Agricola's De re metallica), Aomen lishi yanjiu 澳門歷史研究, in: Macau Historical Studies 14 (2016), pp. 73-87.
  • (with Cao Jin) "'Smoke on the Mountain': The Infamous Counterfeiting Case of Tongzi District, Guizhou Province, 1794", in: Jane Kate Leonard and Ulrich Theobald (eds.), Money in Asia (1200-1900): Small Currencies in Social and Political Contexts, Leiden / Boston: Brill (Monies, Markets, and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900, vol. 6), 2015, pp. 188-219.
  • “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 2011 editor of the book series „Monies, Markets and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900“ with Brill Publishers in Leiden.
  • From 1999 to 2016 Editor-in-chief of the journal Science, Technology, and Medicine in East Asia (previously Chinese Science) for the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (Paris).