Changes and Transitions in Middle and Late Imperial China
Date: 9:00am-5:00pm, 3 June, 2006
Place: Asia Center, Harvard University Cambridge
Sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute
The Tang-Song transition and the Ming-Qing transition were the two periods characterized by monumental developments in pre-industrial China. The goal of this workshop is to bring researchers together for a comparative analysis of the two transitions from an economic history perspective. We are concerned with long-term and structural changes in middle and late imperial China’s economy, c.1000-1800. What were the foundations of economic growth during the two transitions? What characterized the economic performance of each period? In making these comparisons, we also seek to achieve a greater understanding of the paths and patterns of social and economic changes in middle and late imperial China, and the changing relationships between the state and the market economy during these centuries.
This event offers a rare opportunity for researchers to exchange views and debate divergent approaches to these questions. We warmly invite you to attend this workshop and participate in its discussions.
Dwight H. Perkins (Department of Economics, Harvard University)
Denggao Long (Institute of Economics, Tsinghua University, China)
Guanglin William Liu (Department of East Asian Studies, SUNY Albany)
Dr. Li Ruohong
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