51. Waves of Globalization – the XVIII World Economic History Congress

The XVIII World Economic History Conference took place in Boston last week. The theme was “Waves of Globalization” – the programme is available online here . I was going to pick out the papers relating to China, but there are so many and, as the theme is “globalization”, it would have taken too long. Instead, I’ve listed the panels below (highlighting  in bold any panels with the words China, Chinese, Asia, Japan, or silver in the title).

The XIX World Economic History Congress will be in Paris, 2021.

Panels and weblinks for further info:

300101 – Defining and measuring entrepreneurship in business history from big data: The England and Wales business population 1851-1911

300102 – Enterprise Forms in Late-Industrializing Countries

300103 – The Many Faces of Lethal Diseases: Epidemiological Diversity and the Differential Economic Effects of Pre-Industrial Epidemic Shocks

300104 – WEHC Pre- and Early Modern Dissertation Competition Session

300105 – WEHC 19th Century Dissertation Competition Session

300106 – WEHC 20th Century Dissertation Competition Session

300107 – Special Book Session: Peter Temin, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy

300201 – A Long Wave of Globalization: Maize Diffusion in Mediterranean World (XVIth-XVIIth Centuries)

300202 – African Women at Work in Historical Perspective: New Methods for the Study of Female Inequality in Economic Participation, 1800-2000

300203 – Analyzing Inequality in the Past: New Data and Modern Approaches

300204 – Banking before Banks: Financial Markets, Intermediaries and Networks in a Global Historical Perspective

300205 – Behind the Iron Curtain: Waves of Globalization in Historiography of Economic History

300206 – Big Business and Corporate Governance in 20th-Century India

300207 – Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring Proceedings: Legal Borrowing, National Tradition, and Globalization (19th-20th Centuries)

300208 – Exchange Rates, Growth, and Convergence in Historical Perspective

300209 – Theory and Empirical Performance

300210 – Historical Demography: Migration in Early Modern Society

300211 –  History of International Business Relations (HIBR) in Technology, Patents, and Innovation

300212 – Multiple Payment Systems in Globalizing Economies

300213 – Organizing People: Political and Cultural Institutions in Colonial India

300214 – Seaports and Development during the Global Ages in the South Atlantic, 1880-2010s

300215 – State Capacity and Economic Development: Historical Experience from China

300216 – The Pan-European Crises of 1719-1720: New Perspectives on the Nature of Financial Behaviour

300217 – Trade and Long-Term Development: Evidence from Three Millenia of Data

300218 – The Debt Crisis of the 1980s, Banking, and the Private Sector in Latin America

300219 – The Middle East and the Great Divergence

300220 – The Historical Dynamics of Industrialization: A Regional Interpretation, c. 1800-Present

300221 – The Webs of Shadow: Financial Networks during the First Globalization

310101 – Accounting for Growth in Global Economic History

310102 – Agricultural Efficiency in the Great Specialization

310103 – Between Gold and Silver: Asia in the Age of Two Standards, 1873-1935

310104 – Capitalism’s Transformation in the 20th Century: The Disintegration and Differentiation of Global Value-Chains

310105 – Classifying Merchandise Trade of the Waves of Globalisation (17th-20th century)

310106 – Competition and Complementarity between International Financial Centres on the Waves of Globalization from Historical and Network Persepectives

310107 – Expropriated Peasants: Rural Credit, Indebtedness, and Land Seizure in the Middle Ages Persepectives

310108 – Globalization, Inequality, and Long-Term Development in Southeast Asia

310109 – Growth and Business Cycle Stability: Lessons from Economic History

310110 – Multiple Futures for Business History: Building on Recent Debates and Suggestions

310111 – New Approaches in African Agricultural and Rural History

310112 – Open Economy Forces and the Welfare State – Investigating the Links between Globalization and Social Spending

310113 – Popularizing Fabrics and Clothing, 17th19th Centuries: Materiality, Value Formation, and Technology

310114 – Social Indicators and Policies toward Labor Precariousness in a Growth Context: A Eurasian Comparative, Connected, and Long-Term Approach

310115 – Social Network Analysis and Databases for New Comparative Global History Studies in China, Europe, and the Americas

310116 – The Formation of the Wage in an Early Modern Global Context

310117 – The Impact of Globalization on the Rise of Mass Schooling

310118 – The Long-Run Economic Consequences of Culture and Institutions

310119 – The New Economic History of Patents and Innovation

310120 – The Transport Economy before the Coming of the Railways

310121 – Tropical Economies in the Making of the Modern World

310122 – Women’s Early Life Conditions and Later-Life Outcomes

310201 – Applied Microhistory: Theoretical, Ethical, and Methodological Issues

310202 – Building a Global History of Economic Divergence

310203 – Distinctive and Interlinked: Chinese Money and Finance under Globalization from Historic Perspectives

310204 – Exploring the Institutional Turn in Transport and Communication History: Comparative Aspects of the Regulated Economy of Transport, Communication, and Information Technology, 1850-2000

310205 – Financial Centers, Agents, and Transactions in the Long Run: Towards a Multidimensional Approach and Tools of Analysis

310206 – For Children or the Family? Comparative Historical Perspectives on Adoption and Family Formation in Eurasia

310207 – From Inside Out: Globalization and Latin American Growth, Development, and Change from the Colonial to Modern Periods

310208 – Globalization and Inequality: The Importance of Nominal Income Series for Understanding Long-Term Global Development

310209 – Historical Economic Development through Russian and Soviet Lenses

310210 – Illicit Behavior and Economic Development (18th-21st Centuries)

310211 – PRESIDENTIAL SESSION: Industrialization and Income Distribution around the World: A Historical and Comparative Perspective http://

310212 – Merchants, Markets, and Commercial Taxes: State Institutions and Local Practices in Late Imperial and Modern China

310213 – The Anglosphere in the 1920s

310214 – The Causes and Consequences of Historic Differences in Cultural Values

310215 – The Colors of Early Globalization: American Dyes and the International Economy, 16th-19th Centuries

310216 – The Commercial and Industrial Activities of Central Banks, 1914-2014

310217 – The Economics of Nationalism in Historical Perspective

310218 – The Economy of Adornment: Clothing Cultures and Contact Zones in the First Global Age, c. 1500-1800

310219 – The First Global Age: Asian Perspectives, 1500-1800

310220 – The Impact of Different Types of Inequality on Vulnerability towards Natural Hazards in the Pre-Industrial World

310221 – Wages and Waves of Globalisation since 1930/1950: Convergence, Inequalities, Strategies

310222 – Worthy Women: Banking, Consumption, and Feminine Finances in the Twentieth Century

010101 – At the Origins of Welfare: Institutions and Practices of Social Assistance in Europe (14th-19th Centuries)

010102 – Centennial Enterprises as Sources of Innovation in Emerging Economies

010103 – Commerce, Finance, and Exchange in Eurasia: Institutions, Treaties, and Contracts, 1500-1900

010104 – Comparative Historical Analysis of Occupational Structure and Urbanization across Sub-Saharan Africa

010105 – Crops, Food, and Environmental Transformations across Time and Space

010106 – Ethno-Linguistic Diversity and Economic Development in History

010107 – Factor Costs in the Expansion of Pre-Modern Ocean Shipping: Labor, Capital, and Knowledge Transfer, 1300-1700

010108 – Financial Markets in Troubled Times

010109 – Global Copper: Mining, Smelting, Minting, and Manufacturing from the Baroque to the Modern

010110 – Inferring Behaviors and Standards of Living from Household Budget Data

010111 – International Credit and Institutional Transfers in the Long 19th Century

010112 – International Cartels in the 19th and 20th Centuries: National Perspective

010113 – Markets and the Marketing of Consumer Goods in South Asia, 1880-2018

010114 – Money Markets, Monetary Areas, and Their Institutions, 17th-20th Centuries

010115 – New Research Using Linked Census Data: Scandinavia and the U.S.

010116 – Preindustrial Inequality: Europe, Asia, and the Americas Compared

010117 – Re-Evaluating the Pre-Industrial European Warfare State

010118 – The Euromarket and the Origins of the Financial Globalisation, 1957-1973

010119 – The Impact of Religions on Economic Outcomes

010120 – The State as Entrepreneur in Historical Perspective

010121 – The Struggle for Food: From Malthusian Tension to GMO, and Beyond (19th-21st Centuries)

010122 – Trade Policy and Diverse Paths of Globalization: Tariffs, Market Integration, and Political Economy in Europe, America, and Asia, 1834-1939

010201 – Beyond GDP: Sustainable and Unsustainable Development in the Long Run

010202 – British Imperialism and Globalization, 1650-1960

010203 – Contrasting Development Paths in Latin American and Scandinavia: What Can We Learn?

010204 – Critical Moments in the Development of Modern Monetary Systems: Crises, Money Doctors, and Reforms

010205 – Entrepreneurs and their Endeavors from 1300 to 1900: Innovations in Products, Processes, and Markets

010206 – International Financial Institutions: Multilateral Investment and Development Banks since the Second World War

010207 – GIS Methods in Economic History

010208 – Global Conversations: Gender, Work, and Economic Development

010209 – Institutional Change and Chinese Enterprises across the 1949 and 1978 Divides

010211 – Living Standards in the Mediterranean Basin: A Long-Run View

010212 – Resilience in Regional Economic Systems

010213 – Seafaring Lives in Transition: Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping during Globalization, 1850s-1920s

010214 – Societal Response to Climate Variation: Institution, Market, and Social Change in Early Modern and Modern Japan

010215 – Stronger Together? Collective Action during Phases of Industrialization

010216 – The Big Data Revolution in Economic History

010217 – The Emergence of Corporate Governance in Big Business, 19th-20th Centuries

010218 – The Path of China’s Development in Global Perspective

010219 – The Role of Economic Shrinking for Long Term Economic Performance and Catching Up Dynamics

010220 – The Skilled Workforce in the Pre-Modern World

010221 – Water Use and the Urban Environment under Pressure: Lessons from History

010222 – Weaving Webs of Connections: The Roles of Information and Communication Services during Waves of Globalisation

020101 – Banks and Capital Markets: Engines of Growth or Societal Destablizers?

020102 – Branding Through History

020103 – Changing Female Labor Force Participation in Europe and Asia

020104 – Colonial Administrators, Public Investments, and Long-Term Development in Africa

020105 – Deciphering the Economy: Numbers and their Rationalities in the Longue Durée, 12th-19th Centuries

020106 – From Pre-Modern to Modern Economic Growth in Europe and Asia

020107 – Foreign Multinational Enterprises in Australia

020108 – Global Imbalances and the Burden of Adjustment in Historical Perspective

020109 – Late Colonial and Post-Colonial Development Aid in the Dynamics of ‘Re-globalization’

020110 – Weaving Links: Cloth Production, Trade, and Consumption in the Renaissance Mediterranean

020111 – Modernity in East Asia: Globalization and Japanese Colonialism

020112 – Polity and State Finance in the Peripheries of the Global Economy

020113 – Port Cities, Empires, and Global Maritime Trade in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Connections and Comparisons

020114 – Prices, Income, Consumption Baskets, and Heights: Living Standards in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin American (16th-20th Centuries)

020115 – VICE PRESIDENTIAL SESSION: The Development of Wellbeing in History: Metrics and Mechanisms, Part 1

020116 – The Economic Causes and Consequences of the Size of States

020117 – The Economic Policies of Military and Naval Resource Mobilization: Imperial Spain and the Wider Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century

020118 – The Economic History of the Sports Sector

020119 – The Variety of Exchange and the Character of Money

020120 – Transnational Business Encounters in the Twentieth Century: Informal Company Networks, Cartels, and Business Interest Associations Compared

020121 – Passage to Panama: Nation States, Taxation, and Multinational Enterprise in the Twentieth Century

020122 – Globalisation and the Department Store: Global-Local Hybridity, c. 1900-2000

020201 – Communications and Globalization since 1850: Nations, Empires, Firms

020202 – Europe and Slavery: Estimating the Share of Slave-Based Activities in European Economies, 1500-1850

020203 – Experience and Expectations in the Age of Globalization

020204 – Famine, Relief and Resilience in a Long-run Comparative Perspective

020205 – Female Entrepreneurs around the World: Property Rights and Ownership, 17th-20th Centuries

020206 – Global Contacts, Numeracy, and Human Capital: The Effects of Trade and Migration

020207 – Globalization and National Banking Systems in Latin America and the Iberian World, 1850-1940

020208 – “Growing Public” in Africa: State-Building and Living Standards

020209 – In Search of European Capitalism

020210 – Interactive Economic History Workshop: Usable Systems for Diverse Data

020211 – Interflow, Interaction, and Innovation: Merchants, Business Organizations, and Networks in the Pan-Pacific Rim in the Nineteenth Century

020212 – Labor, Technology, and Institutions in Global Commodity Chains: 16th-19th Centuries

020213 – Networks, Intensity, Extensive Margins of Trade since the 19th Century: New Approaches to Globalization with Large Databases

020214 – Recovering from Large Scale Crisis: Strategies, Patterns, and Outcomes, 19th-21st Centuries

020215 – Subsistence, Sustenance, and Changing Living Spaces: Comparative Studies of Eurasian Economies from the 16th-20th Centuries

020216 – The Atomic Business: Industrial, Financial, and Economic Issues of the Development of Nuclear Power over the 20th Century

020217 – The Causes and Effects of Labor Coercion in Global Perspective

020218 – VICE PRESIDENTIAL SESSION: The Development of Wellbeing in History: Metrics and Mechanisms, Part 2

020219 – The Globalization of the Waves: Shipping and its Role in Promoting Global Markets for Goods, Services, Capital, Labor, and Ideas, c. 1800-2000

020220 – U.S. South in Global Perspective: 1800 to the Present

020221 – Women in Changing Labor Markets

020222 – Long-Run Real Estate Markets: New Measurements, New Insights

030101 – Auctions and Their Historical Contexts around the Globe since 1700

030102 – China’s Economic Performance and Real Data, 1600-2010

030103 – Conversion Out of Poverty? Religion and Development in a Long-Run Global Perspective

030104 – Coping with Crisis: Labor Market, Public Policies, and Household Economy: A Comparative Perspective on Unequally Industrialized Regions from the Mid-18th Century to the Interwar Period (Mediterranean Europe, Central and Southern America)

030105 – De-Globalisation in Regional Context: The Case of East Central Europe

030106 – Development under Dictatorship? – Revisiting Economic Development under Authoritarian Regimes in the Periphery

030107 – Early-Life Conditions and Human Capital Formation

030108 – From Mining to Currency and Money Markets in the Early Modern Atlantic: Digital Approaches and New Perspectives

030109 – Global Production and Distribution of Silver, 1540-1900

030110 – Government and the Economy

030111 – Historical Perspectives of Inequality in the Eastern Mediterranean

030112 – Indigenous People in Economic History

030113 – Late Imperial and Early Soviet Economic History

030114 – Lessons from Insurance History: Markets, Regulation, and Globalization

030115 – Monetary Standards in the Long-Run: Financial Issues and Trade Opportunities

030116 – Multinationals and the Transformation of the World Economy

030117 – Multinationals and the Transformation of the World Economy

030118 – Power and Principles: The Political Economy of Natural Resources since 1870

030119 – The Interplay of Trade, Religion, and Technology in China and Europe in the 16th-19th Centuries

030120 – The Interwar Banking Crises: An International Perspective

030121 – Public Health Interventions and the Life Course Approach: Metrics for the Long-Run Success of Interventions, 19th-20th Centuries

030201 – Agriculture and Large-Scale Crises in the Industrial World: 1929, a Paradigmatic Model for Agricultural Crises in the Modern Economy

030202 – Business History in the Age of Modern Globalization

030203 – Colonial Financial Markets in the Long 18th Century: A Source of Underdevelopment?

030204 – Crossroads of Globalization: Market-Making in Modern East Asia

030205 – Consumers and Retailers in the Countryside – Europe/North America, 18th to Mid-20th Centuries

030206 – Demography and Economic Change from Modern Era to Date: An International Comparative Perspective

030207 – Economic Interactions between the Baltic Sea Region and Other Parts of the World: Economic Relations from Pre-WWI to the Present

030208 – Energy Efficiency, Economic Growth, and Environment

030209 – Health Inequalities and Urbanization, 17th-20th Centuries

030210 – Inequality in the Global South: Trends, Drivers, and Mechanisms

030211 – Livestock Economy in the Americas: A Transnational Framework

030212 – Long-Term Regional Income Inequality in the Core and the Periphery

030213 – Real Wages across the Globe: From Antiquity to the Present

030214 – Reconsidering the “Small Divergence”: The Role of Social and Economic Institutions in 19th and 20th Centuries Chinese and Japanese Economic Development

030215 – Role of Reinsurance in the Setting of Insurance in the World

030216 – Small Change in a Global Context: “Fractional Currencies” or “Minor Coins”?

030217 – Women’s Economic Position in a Globalising World

030218 – The Logistics of Globalisation in Pre- and Early Industrial Times

030219 – The Memory of Financial Crises across the Waves of Globalisation

030220 – The Most Dramatic Period Globally for the Development of the Human Body: The 20th Century

030221 – Trade and Technology within Industries

030222 – Why Labour Relations Matter: Global Labour History and New Institutional Economic History





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