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Quantitative History Webinar Series 量化歷史網上講座系列: 為商人做辯護?「富者貧之母」的明清政治經濟學 [Peng-sheng Chiu, Distinguished Professor of History, Shanghai Jiao Tong University]
Live on Zoom on September 10, 2020
16:00 Hong Kong/Beijing/Singapore | 17:00 Tokyo | 18:00 Sydney


Between the mid-sixteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, long-distance trade in China underwent great expansion. This was accompanied by the growth of a regional division of labor. During the past decade or two, it has become increasingly rare to see scholars deny the vigorous development of a market economy in China after the sixteenth century. However, it is still widely accepted that this market economy was insufficiently supported by the Ming and Qing governments, and that it was unable to further drive social and political changes because of the lack of adequate property-rights protection. This webinar will focus on the decline and fall of the “suppression of business” policy during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and in particular, introduce how tenets such as “fostering businessmen to benefit the peasantry” and “the rich nourishing the poor” were implemented in relevant policies and laws, and thus shaped important institutional change after the late-Ming period. These changes in the political economy of Ming-Qing China cannot be summed up in terms that directly correspond to the characteristics of a European “modern rational capitalism” or “modern society”; however, they constitute a noteworthy trajectory of “market evolution” in modern human history.

Professor Peng-sheng Chiu will take questions from the audience after his presentation 演講後將進入問答環節
Send your question to Q&A box on Zoom or email to econhist@hku.hk 請在Zoom的 Q&A框中輸入問題,然後按「發送」,或將問題電郵至 econhist@hku.hk 。

Sep 10, 2020 04:00 PM in Hong Kong SAR

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