Lecture | China and the Outside World——Ups and Downs of China's Economy and Foreign Trade since 1700


Lecture Information:

Speaker: Li Bozhong (李伯重)

Host: Lu Yang (陆扬)

Theme:  China and the Outside World——Ups and Downs of China's Economy and Foreign Trade since 1700

Date: April 24 (Wednesday), 2019

Time: 20:00 – 21:30

Location: Room B101, Second Gymnasium, Yenching Academy, Peking University

Language:  English


In the past four decades, China has witnessed a dramatic economic growth, which is rarely seen in world history. This “Chinese Miracle”, however, can be better understood only in a historical perspective because, as Dwight Perkins put, “China's present is a continuity of its past, or the persistence of the past.” If we look back at China's performance in the past four centuries, we will find that both China's economy and China's foreign trade fluctuated widely which were going almost on side by side. Is it just pure coincidence? What is relationship between the two? How does this relationship work? Why is China's economic growth inseparable from the outside world? We will try to get answers to these questions from China's experience since 1700, which will be helpful for us to know better about “the Chinese Miracle” today, which is “the greatest story of our generation” (Jim O' Neill).



Li Bozhong is a Chair Professor of Humanities of Peking University. He was a Chair Professor of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor of Tsinghua University, Research Fellow of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China). He was also a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of California at Los Angeles (US), London School of Economics (UK), L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), Keio University (Japan), and a Research Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Humanities Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), University of Cambridge (UK), Tokyo University (Japan), etc.

Li Bozhong specializes in Chinese economic history and has published nine academic books and more than 80 articles in this field in China, USA, UK, France, Japan and South Korea. His representative published works include: Marriage and Cohabitation (University of Chicago Press 2007) with Arland Thornton and William Axinn, Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (Emerald 2008, second edition), and Is American Science in Decline? (Harvard University Press, 2012) with Alexandra Killewald.

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