B.M. (Bram) Hoonhout MA

  • Lecturer
  • Atlantic history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8030
E-Mail: b.m.hoonhout@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Economische en Sociale geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.06b

Fields of interest

  • Informal Atlantic networks
  • History of slavery
  • Imperial history
  • Global economic history
  • Great Divergence


My dissertation focuses on the Dutch colonial history of Essequibo and Demerara (ca.1750-1800), in what is today the country of Guyana.

It investigates how the plantation systems in these two colonies could survive and even expand while the Dutch West India Company provided harldy any support, supplies or protection. Some questions to be dealt with are: What kind of formal and informal networks were formed to secure the necessary food supplies and the indispensable enslaved African workers? How did connections with the rest of the Americas influence the development of the colonies? And how was the unequal plantation hierarchy challenged or supported by the various enslaved and Amerindian groups?

In stuyding these issues it aims to contribute to imperial history by arguing that coloniation was often an improvised and negotiated process directed by local agency rather than my metropolitan orders. By taking this angle, we can discover more about the borderless, cross-cultural and cross-imperial nature of the early modern world.

Teaching activities

'The Rise of the West: handelskapitalisme, globalisering en industriƫle revoluties, 1688-1914' (spring 2015)

Curriculum vitae

Bram completed his Research Master at Leiden University in 2012 , with a focus on economic, colonial and global history. His thesis dealt with the plantation mortgages extended to the Dutch Guianas in the 18th century, and the boom and bust that these generated. In the same year, he started a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015