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OnderzoekCentre for East Asian Studies Groningen

Lecture: China and Europe in Global Economic History: From Europe’s Divergence to China’s Convergence

Wanneer:wo 25-05-2016 16:00 - 18:00
Waar:Room 5419.009, Zernike (Landleven 12, Groningen)
R. Bin Wong
R. Bin Wong

This talk explores two basic roles of European political economy that deliberately and unintentionally resulted in the ‘great divergence’ and contrast this set of dynamics with the contemporary possibilities for Chinese political economy to harness its domestic developmental aspirations to a transformation of Eurasian economies from its own borders all the way into Europe.

R. Bin Wong is Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Asia Institute at UCLA since 2004. His research has examined Chinese patterns of political, economic and social change both within Asian regional contexts and compared with more familiar European patterns, as part of the larger scholarly efforts underway to make world history speak to contemporary conditions of globalization. He is author or editor of several books, including China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience(1997) and Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe(2011), along with more than ninety articles published in North America, East Asia and Europe. Since 2009 he has been a Distinguished Guest Professor at the Fudan University Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and on the Berggruen Institute on Philosophy and Culture Academic Board.