Bastian Linneweh-Kacmaz


  • History of Globalization and De-Globalization
  • Business History
  • Global History
  • Global Commodity Chains in historical perspective

Current project

The Anatomy of a Global Market in Transformation. Rubber, 1900-1960
[supported by the German Research Foundation]

  • Abstract: This project investigates the emergence and reconfiguration of the global rubber market. Used for products such as transmission belts, tires and cable sheathing, rubber became a central cash crop for industrial production during the second industrial revolution. Utilizing the global commodity chain approach, the project will analyze supply and demand within global markets focusing on central actors in the chain including industry, international trading companies, and plantation owners. In addition, the project will consider the role of state institutions and of technological innovation. Through case studies of different commodity chains the transformation of the global rubber market in the period from 1900 to 1960 will be reconstructed, connecting micro- and macro analysis, with a focus on the business history of several companies along the chain. To pursue this agenda, the project will analyze the global markets for ‘wild rubber’, ‘plantation rubber’ and ‘synthetic rubber’.

Academic Career and Employment

  • 2019-2021 Research project "The Reconfiguration of a Global Market. The Economy of Rubber, 1860-1960, funded by the German Research Foundation
  • 2016-2019 Research assistant and lecturer, Institute for Economic and Social History, Georg-August University Göttingen
  • 2019/01-2018/03: PhD stipendiary at the German Historical Institute, London


  • “In Search of “De-Globalization”: Evidence from the Global Rubber Markets, 1914-45”, at the Business History Conference in Cartagena (Colombia), March 16, 2019
  • Participant in the doctoral colloquium at the Business History Conference in Cartagena (Colombia), March 13-14, 2019
  • “The Anatomy of a global Market in Transformation, Rubber 1900 — 1960“, at the GHIL Colloquia in London, January 29, 2019
  • Poster at the Forum for Doctoral Students: Biennial Meeting of German Historians 2018 in Münster, September, 25-28, 2018
  • “The Economy of Rubber in the Frist half of the twentieth Century“, at the AG History and Theory of Global Capitalism, Gießen (Prof. Dr. Friedrich Lenger), May 16, 2018
  • Workshop in preparation of the Business History special issue: ‘Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1929’, in Trondheim, March 17-18, 2018
  • „Stretching Globalization and Industrialization. A Global History of the Rubber Market, 1900-1960“, at the AKKU-Emerging Scholar Workshop in Frankfurt/Main, November 17, 2017
  • Stretching Globalization and Industrialization. The global Rubber Market, 1900-1960, at the colloquium for social and cultural history Hanover (Prof. Cornelia Rauh), June 27, 2017
  • „Global trading companies in the commodity chain of rubber 1900-1930“,at the conference "Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1913" in Rotterdam, February 4, 2017


    Summer 2018
  • [Lecture Tutorial:] “The History of the Word economy. Globalization processes between merchant capitalism and Financialization“

    Winter 2017/18
  • [Lecture Tutorial:] “Emerging Economies of Europe. The Industrialization of a Continent, 1780-1914“

    Summer 2017
  • [Seminar course] "Keep on Rolling": The German tire industry between growth and crises, 1945-1990
  • [Lecture Tutorial:] Economic and social history of the Federal Republic of Germany till 1990

    Winter 2016/2017
  • [Seminar course:] Introduction in die concepts and work techniques of WSG
  • [Lecture Tutorial:] Introduction in modern Business History

    Summer 2016
  • [Lecture Tutorial:] Economic history of the USA