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Research Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen

Eurasian Rural and Agricultural History Workshop 25-27 June 2015

When:Th 25-06-2015 at 09:00
Where:Academy Building, Broerstraat 5


This conference combines historical economic development and rural and agricultural change in an international perspective. What is the role of agriculture for economic growth? How did rural and urban labor markets relate to each other in different parts of the world? How did rural credit markets evolve and how did they foreshadow credit for industrialization? What was the role of market integration of agricultural commodities, and storage policy for rural and urban food security? Finally, what drove agricultural production and productivity, and how was it related to the household, demographic growth, urbanization and industrialization?

At the background are questions about comparing Asian-European rural developments, the different regions and urban centers, and the grand narratives on diverging economic tracks on the Eurasian continent.

Keynote speakers

-       Kent Deng (LSE)

-       Ewout Frankema (Wageningen)

-       Ni Yuping (Groningen and Tsinghua University Beijing)

Preliminary programme

Thursday: Evening keynote 17.30-18.30 + 19.00 dinner

Friday: 9.00-10.30/11.00-12.30/lunch + keynote/14.30-16.00/16.30-18.00 + dinner

Saturday: 9.00-10.30/11.00-12.30/keynote + lunch