Networking of mining districts

One important topic studied by the research department is the networking of mining districts. Previously the focus was on historical research into individual districts, as “ontological units”, so to speak. Our aim is to cast light on the diverse exchange relationships of the mining districts with other economic regions, their immediate environment, and other mining districts. The concept of the network covers all exchange relationships contributing to the circulation of raw materials, commodities, technologies, finances, actors and knowledge. By taking this approach, the research area “Networking of mining districts” establishes a connection with current debates in historical studies (spatial turn, network theories, cultures of knowledge, regional research on economic history etc.).


Research projects

Marble from the Lahn – a historical project on the quarrying of stone

Marble from the Lahn – a historical project on the quarrying of stone

Quarrying is also part of mining. Stones, chalk, sand and gravel may at first glance seem less valuable, and quarries less interesting. However, these materials were and still are an essential component of our civilization. There would be no flour without millstones, no pottery without clay, no castles without stones, and no modern roads without road metal. ...

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Publication series on Harz mining

Publication series on Harz mining

In the Middle Ages and from the 17th to the 19th century, the Harz Mountains were a European mining centre. The area’s history illustrates all aspects of the medieval mining industry, the build-up to industrialization and the process of industrialization itself, and developments in the 20th century right up to the end of mining.

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Silver paths between Orient and Occident

For the beginning of 2014, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is planning a temporary exhibition on the extraction, significance and value of silver in the Middle Ages, at the time of Charlemagne’s reign in the Frankish Empire, and the reign of the Abbassid Caliph Harun al-Rashid in Baghdad.

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Completed projects

The stone industry in the Mayen region in the Middle Ages and early modern period

Over long periods of time, basalt and tuff were extracted in the eastern Eifel to satisfy basic human needs for food (millstones) and housing.

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Ore mining in the Sauerland, 1740-1907

The research project, which was carried out by Jan Ludwig, examined the small-scale mining districts of Ramsbeck, Iserlohn and Meggen in the Sauerland. The study thus focused on a region on which far too little research had been done.

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Schwazer Bergbuch

Since the 18th century, the "Schwazer Bergbuch" has been regarded as an important and indeed unique source, not just for Tyrolean mining but for European mining as a whole.

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Action COST 27: Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes

In the period between 2003 and 2008 an action for scientific co-operatiom was funded by COST designated as "COST A27 Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (LANDMARKS).

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Handbook on the history of German mining

Funded by the Gesamtverband des Deutschen Steinkohlenbergbaus (German Hard Coal Association), under the overall editorship of Prof. Klaus Tenfelde, Bochum, the handbook on the history of German mining is in preparation and will appear in four volumes.

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Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit

www.enzyklopaedie-der-neuzeit.de

Seit dem Jahre 2001 war Christoph Bartels im Rahmen der vom Metzler-Verlag publizierten und vom Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut in Essen (F. Jaeger als Geschäftsführender Herausgeber) und einem Gremium von 26 Fachherausgebern betreuten Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit als Teilherausgeber für den Bereich Montanwesen verantwortlich.

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