Prof. Peer Vries unfortunately leaves the University of Vienna. In his honour a symposium on Empire, State and Growth. Political Economies of the Pre-industrial World and Beyond will be held on June 17th and 18th 2016. Thomas Ertl and Andreas Obenaus, the two organizers, managed to get together a bunch of people connected with Peer: present and former students, colleagues and friends from Vienna, London, Ghent or Tokyo. For the detailed program see Symposium_Peer Vries