Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel

Professor, Chair of Chinese History and Society, Department of Chinese and Korean Studies, Sinology/Chinese Studies Section

Academic Career

  • 1994- Professor of Chinese History and Society, Department of Chinese and Korean Studies, University of Tübingen
  • 1989  Habilitation, Sinology, Faculty of East Asian Studies, University of Bochum
  • 1987-1994 Lecturer, Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg
  • 1983 PhD Sinology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zürich
  • 1979 MA Sinology, Free University of Berlin

Research Focus
Prof. Vogel specializes in social and economic history as well as the history of technology and science in traditional China. He has written extensively on the local administration and land policy of the Taiping rebellion (1850-1864), the history of salt production, mining, money and metrology as well as the history of kickball in pre-modern China. More recent interests include Marco Polo research and the role of China in the early history of globalization. He is currently directing the project “Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China: The ‘Great Divergence’ in the Light of the Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 (Investigations of the Earth’s Interior, 1640) and Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West, 1612).”

Major Publications
Vogel (with Günter Dux) is editor of Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective (Leiden: Brill, 2010). In 2013, he published Marco Polo Was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues (Leiden: Brill) which in 2015 received an ICAS Accolade for the best specialist book publication in social sciences for 2013 and 2014. With Cao Jin and Sabine Kink, he has authored a textbook titled The Counterfeiter Gang of the Old Crow’s Nest in Guizhou (1794) in Texts and Contexts: An Introduction to Documents of the Qing Period, to be published in 2017. Near completion are his contributions on the history of the Chinese salt, natural gas and petroleum industries to Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China series (Cambridge University Press) and a book manuscript (with Peter Golas et al) on "China's Georgius Agricola": Wu Qijun (1789-1847) and his "Illustrated Account of the Mines and Smelters of Yunnan", which is a history of the mining and smelting industries in Yunnan during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Other Activities
From 1999 to 2016 he was editor-in-chief of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, and is editor-in-chief of the Brill monograph series Monies, Markets and Finance in East Asia, 1600-1900.


University of Tuebingen

Department of Chinese Studies

Wilhelmstr. 133

72074 Tuebingen, Germany


Phone: 0049-(0)7071-29-72701